David N. Smith filed the town plat for the new railroad town of Corning on September 21, 1857. Corning was laid out in an oak and hickory timber across a natural amphitheater with a rounded bluff line that rose 200 feet above the river. 

As we look now on the ever changing, uncertain landscape of rural America; we can take heart in the determination and aggressiveness of Corning leaders. They treasure the creative culture built by their forefathers and are vigilant stewards for the secure, high quality of life enjoyed in Corning and Adams County.

One of Corning’s regular volunteers recently was asked, “Has Corning accomplished its goals and objectives?” The young person replied, “Corning doesn’t work to accomplish goals or objectives. Corning is “vision personified”, constantly on the move, growing and evolving and always “A Class Act!”