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    libbaCottonGrove

    LOCATION:

    Castle and State Sts.

     
     

    GENERAL INFORMATION:

    • Total Acerage: 1.84
    • Type of Park: Neighborhood Park
    • TNT Sector: Area 3 – Southside
    • Directions:
      From the North: Interstate 81 southbound to the exit for Harrison St/Adams St, exit 18.  Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Harrison St and merge onto Harrison St.  Turn left onto S State St (.3 mi).  Libba Cotten Grove will be on the right (.5 mi).
      From the South: Interstate 81 northbound to the exit for Adams St/Harrison St, exit 18.  Continue straight onto Almond St.  Turn left onto Harrison St (.1 mi).  Turn left onto S State St (.3 mi).  Libba Cotten Grove will be on the right (.5 mi).
      From the West: Interstate 690 eastbound to I-81 S.  Proceed south on I-81 to the exit for Harrison St/Adams St, exit 18.  Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Harrison St and merge onto Harrison St.  Turn left onto S State St (.3 mi).  Libba Cotten Grove will be on the right (.5 mi).
      From the East: Interstate 690 westbound to the exit for Townsend St/Downtown, exit 13.  At the bottom of the ramp turn left onto N Townsend St.  Turn right onto E Taylor St (.9 mi).  Take 1st left onto S State St.  Libba Cotten Grove will be on the right (.4 mi). 

    FEATURES:

    • Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten Statue - View photos of the dedication here (10-2-2012)

    RELATED INFORMATION:

    • Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten 1891-1987 - Grammy Award-winning folk singer Libba Cotten bought her first guitar at Sears and Roebuck for $3.75 when she was 11 years old.  That same year she wrote her most famous song "Freight Train" which she would later record with Pete Seeger as an American classic.  Playing on the folk music circuit, Libba Cotten was honored wherever she went, including at the Smithsonian Institution on her 90th birthday.  She captivated her audiences with her warm spirit and her unique left-handed style of guitar playing dubbed "Cotton picking."  Her songs and style have influenced countless musicians.
    • In 1983 Ms. Cotten was named Syracuse's first Living Treasure, an award which recognizes this community's greatest asset, its people.  The Libba Cotten Grove, at the corner of South State and Castle Streets, is a living memorial to this unique Syracusan.

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    HISTORICAL INFORMATION:
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