Land Donation Secures Future of Quarry Farm

January 24 2016
Category: Twain

A recent donation to Elmira College of 100+ acres surrounding Quarry Farm by Elmira businessman and philanthropist, George L. Howell, has helped secure the future protection of the historic farm.

As a part of the 100-acre donation to the College, Howell worked with Elmira College officials to establish two conservation easements for the property. The easements protect the College’s property from future development and will serve to maintain the historic integrity of the Quarry Farm property.

“Any one who knew Mr. Howell, knows how much he cared about Elmira and this region. He and his family are dedicated to preserving the national treasure of Quarry Farm and its beautiful natural surroundings,” said Mike Rogers, Vice President of External Relations at Elmira College. “George was an incredible asset to our community and he will be greatly missed. It was through his foresight and dedication as a steward of this community, that we were able to work with him and his family to accept the donation of the land and ensure its protection.”

Quarry Farm was originally gifted to Elmira College by Jervis and Irene Langdon, the great-grandnephew (and his wife) of Samuel Langhorne and Olivia Langdon Clemens. For over twenty years, Samuel and Olivia Clemens and their children summered at Quarry Farm. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, penned many of his most famous works at the Farm. Today Quarry Farm serves as a home for visiting Mark Twain scholars and fellowships are offered to scholars pursuing research or writing in the field of Mark Twain studies. The nineteenth century carriage barn and former housekeeper's cottage have been adapted for program use.