The Friends of the Outlet, with financial support from Verizon and the Dan Spence Memorial Fund, have installed an interpretive sign at the Dresden trailhead of the Keuka Outlet Trail on Seneca Street in Dresden.
This large, vandal-proof sign is the first in a series of at least five signs planned for various locations along the Keuka Outlet Trail. It was installed by Dresden Village Highway crew under the direction of Superintendent Brian Ellis and Mayor Bill Hall. Village workers also completed some landscape work around the sign.
Each of the signs in the series will feature a detailed map of the trail, guidelines for visitors, a contemporary photo, an excerpt from Ralph Seager’s poem, “The Outlet Trail,” and historic notes about the specific area of the trail.
The Dresden Trailhead sign explains the history of the Crooked Lake Canal and Fall Brook Railroad, which operated along the outlet ravine.
The financial support offered by Verizon is the result of an agreement with the town of Torrey and Yates History Center as part of the corporation’s plans to install a cell tower in the town of Torrey. Funds from Verizon will also help support a sign planned for placement in the village of Penn Yan.
Kristi Hoag, Friends of the Outlet board member and member of the signs committee, said the organization is grateful for the support from the Dan Spence Memorial Fund and Verizon.
The next sign will be placed at the parking lot near the Seneca Mill site on Outlet Road, and is funded by the Bruce Hansen Memorial Fund, Yates Community Foundation, and Penn Yan Lions Club.
Other signs are planned for the parking area at Ridge Road near the Cascade Mill site, the Hopeton Road parking area, and near the Main Street bridge in the village of Penn Yan.
The signs are designed by Paulina Garcés Reid of Garcés Reid Design of Penn Yan.
The Friends of the Outlet is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that owns the Keuka Outlet Preservation Area, which includes the Keuka Outlet Trail and neighboring properties.
For more information about the Friends of the Outlet, visit www.KeukaOutletTrail.org.