The town of Bedford Falls in the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” may have been fictional and created on soundstages in Encino, California, but in Seneca Falls, residents believe their town was director Frank Capra’s inspiration for the cinematic community. Capra is believed to have visited the town in 1945 on his way to visit an aunt in Auburn.
Visitors are encouraged to celebrate the film’s ties each December by taking part in a one-hour walking tour and judging the similarities for themselves. You can stand on the steel Bridge Street Bridge, similar to the one from which Jimmy Stewart’s character, George Bailey, jumped to “save” his guardian angel, Clarence.
If you want to learn more, you can always visit the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum at 32 Fall Street.