We will be visiting the following sites during our week-long study of the Erie Canal
- Lockport Erie Canal Discovery Center is a new state-of-the-art interpretive center for the Erie Canal, and particularly the role that Lockport, NY played in the history of the Erie Canal.
- Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises: Experience a unique 2-hour cruise which includes “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks, and travel through the solid walls of the “rock cut.”
- Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse, NY): Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the United States, the Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming and promotes an awareness of the Canal’s transforming effects on the past, present and future.
- Camillus Erie Canal Park and the Nine-Mile Creek Aqueduct (Camillus, NY): Nestled between Nine Mile Creek and a wooded hillside near Camillus, New York you’ll find the Camillus Erie Canal Park. Established is 1972, the Park is part of the Town of Camillus Park system as well as the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Upstate New York. The aqueduct, which is on the National Registry of Historic Sites, is the only restored navigable Aqueduct in New York State.
- Memorial Art Gallery at the University at Rochester: Since its founding in 1913, the Memorial Art Gallery’s collection has grown from its first acquisition, the gift of a lappet of lace, to a holding of more than 12,000 works of art. Representing cultures from around the world and across millennia, the permanent collection is renowned for its breadth and its quality. Seeing America documents the Gallery’s outstanding collection of American Art. We will explore George Harvey’s “Pittsford on the Erie Canal,” as well as other depictions of the Erie Canal in the context of the landscape movement of the 19th century.
- Downtown Buffalo, NY: Erie Canal Harbor was originally built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. In its heyday, America’s “gateway to the west” was one of the world’s greatest business centers, teeming with canal and rail traffic passing from the Atlantic seaboard across the Great Lakes. For much of the 19th century it was truly an industrious port that bustled with people and goods from all over the world. As a result of this prodigious commercial activity, by 1850 Buffalo was transformed from a small waterfront village into a thriving metropolis, eventually becoming the largest inland port in the nation as well as the unofficial grain capital of North America.