Sampson State Park

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Seneca Lake from Sampson State Park

Sampson State Park (along with Sampson State Park Beach) is a 2,070-acre (8.4 km2) state park located in Seneca County, New York.[1] The park is south of the city of Geneva in the Town of Romulus on the east shore of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

The park is located on the site of the former Sampson Naval Training Station, which later became the Sampson Air Force Base.


During World War II, the site was the location of the Sampson Naval Training Station; during the Korean War, it became the Sampson Air Force Base, again providing basic training. It is also located next to the former Seneca Army Depot, a munitions storage site. Most buildings are gone leaving a network of 38 miles (61 km) of once paved roads and trails in a wooded 3-square-mile (7.8 km2) area. The surviving building housing the "brig" today hosts a museum featuring displays that depict the activities and lives of the hundreds of thousands of Navy and Air Force personnel as they trained to go to war at Sampson.

Both the state park and the former naval training station are named after Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, who was born in nearby Palmyra.

Park facilities[edit]

Sampson State Park includes a military museum, a campground, and swimming facilities.

Military Museum[edit]

The park is home to a museum run by volunteer Air Force and Navy veterans. The museum holds many artifacts and displays that were around when Sampson was a military base. The hours of the museum are dependent on volunteer support, but is usually open on the weekend.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 674. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 42°44′10″N 76°54′29″W / 42.736°N 76.908°W / 42.736; -76.908