Geographical Aspects: What is Ellis Hollow?
Ellis Hollow is a small upland valley, about four miles long, and less than 2 miles wide, in the southwestern corner of the town of Dryden. It is drained by Cascadilla Creek. (Cascadilla is a Latin word which means small cascade or falls). The shallow stony land is a legacy of the ice age. The glacier which covered this area scraped off the topsoil as it advanced, and deposited stones as it receded. The land was covered by forests when the first settlers arrived, less than 200 years ago. Much of the timber was white pine, but there were also sugar maples and other hardwoods.
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