76 Veterans Ave
Bath, NY 14810
On Sunday we will walk a loop through the historic Bath National Cemetery which will have been decorated the day before as part of the Wreaths Across America campaign. The cemetery dates back to 1877 when it was started as a burial ground for veterans who died while residing at the Grand Army of the Republic Soldiers and Sailors Home (now the VA Medical Center) in Bath.
Following the walking tour of the cemetery (about one and a half miles round trip) those who want can hike an extra loop to downtown Bath and through the Liberty Street National Historic District and Pulteney Square Village Green (about four miles round trip). Everyone should be prepared for some hills and possible slippery footing; people doing the downtown walk should bring flashlights.
Directions and Meeting Place:
Take I-390S (Genesee Expy) towards Corning then continue on I-86 (Southern Tier Expy) to the Bath – Hammondsport exit (Exit 38). Turn right onto W Washinton Street, go a short distance and cross the bridge over the Cohocton River then turn left into the first VA parking lot. Approximately 29 miles from Springwater.
The social will be at the Mountain View Inn, 34 Main Street, Atlanta, NY
National Park Service – Bath National Cemetery: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/national_cemeteries/new_york/Bath_National_Cemetery.html
Wreaths Across America: https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/
National Park Service – New York State Soldiers & Sailors Home: https://www.nps.gov/places/bath-branch-bath-new-york.htm
Liberty Street National Historic District: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Street_Historic_District_(Bath,_New_York)
Those wanting to carpool can meet in Wayland behind the Fire Station – plan to be ready to leave at 1:15, to get us to the parking lot at 1:45.
There are no public bathrooms at the VA Hospital or National Cemetery.