Chemung County

New York State


Located in the Southern Tier of Central New York State, Chemung County has a long and rich history. The name itself dates back to 1779 when pioneers named the area after a Native American village that was destroyed at the Battle of Newtown, during  the American Revolution.  In the Delaware dialect of the Algonquin language, the word Chemung means "Place of the big horn". This harkens back to a time when Native Americans discovered large mammoth tusks along what is now the Chemung River. Chemung County began being settled in earnest by 1784.

Because of its strategic location at the southern end of the Finger Lakes Region, Chemung County is known as the "Gateway to the Finger Lakes". The County Seat, in Elmira, is known as the "Soaring Capital of America", due to the fact that nearby Harris Hill has been hosting national soaring (sailplane) competitions since 1930. 

Today, Chemung County's heart is beating with the vitality of a modern business center, yet remains peaceful in nature. Chemung County's veins are rich in history, commerce and community spirit.
Click the following link to visit, the official site of Chemung County Government.

Auctioneers Note:  Generally the Chemung County Tax Foreclosure Auction is held at the end of March of each year.  Please check our Auction Calendar for the posted auction date after the first of each year.  The annual auction may include tax foreclosed properties from the following municipalities located within Chemung County:

  • City of Elmira

  • Town of Ashland

  • Town of Baldwin

  • Town of Big Flats

  • Town of Catlin

  • Town of Chemung

  • Town of Elmira

  • Town of Erin

  • Town of Horseheads

  • Town of Southport

  • Town of Van Etten

  • Town of Vetran

  • Village of Elmira Heights

  • Village of Horseheads

  • Village of Millport

  • Village of Van Etten

  • Village of Wellsburg


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