Photo by Barbara Friedman/Flickr.

Ithaca, N.Y. — Newfield ranked highly among “delightful” rural towns in New York State, according to list released earlier this month by

The list, which includes other Central New York towns like Cazenovia, Aurora and Hammondsport, rounded up some of the most “inviting and adventurous” rural locations around the state.

Lea Monroe wrote of Newfield:

Out past the city of Ithaca amongst some of our most beautiful forests, you can find the town of Newfield in Tompkins County. With a population of just over 5,000 residents, this small town is packed with all of the small town appeal you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re looking to enjoy one of New York’s many beautiful covered bridges or you just want to book a stay at one of the inns where you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of this rural area, you won’t regretting (sic) checking out this town.

Newfield shows up yet again in another list on the same site as home to one of the most beautiful covered bridges in New York.

Built in the early 1850s, Newfield’s bridge is the oldest covered bridge with daily vehicular traffic in the state.

Bridge-buffs will know is the only covered bridge in Tompkins County, and is on the National Register of Historic places.

Photo by G. Emerson via the Newfield Historical Society.
Photo by G. Emerson via the Newfield Historical Society.

According to the New York State Covered Bridge Society, a covered bridge is only considered authentic if the bridge was “originally constructed as a self-supporting, wooden-truss system, covered bridge; built to convey public traffic and/or has significant and intrinsic historic value to the area.”

Jennifer Wholey is a feature writer and Head of Dining Partnerships for the Ithaca Voice. Contact her at