Western Terminus of the Erie Canal: Buffalo or Black Rock?

Western Terminus of the Erie Canal: Buffalo or Black Rock?

By Ashley Maready, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Erie Canal Museum  At the time of the original Erie Canal’s construction, in the early 19th century, the big question to be answered was, “Where will the Canal connect to Lake Erie?” A fierce battle ensued, between the villages of Buffalo and Black Rock. The winner of Read More »
Aboard the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad

Aboard the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad

By Jeff Ludwig Guest writer Jeff Ludwig wrote the following article about the historic Auburn and Syracuse Railroad, which began operating in 1839. In late morning on June 4th, 1839, New York Governor William Seward left his home in Auburn to board the 10.5 ton locomotive, the “Syracuse,” for the inaugural ride on the new steam-powered Read More »
Quarantine Coffee Hour: Aboard the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad

Quarantine Coffee Hour: Why an Erie Canal?

Grab a coffee, tea or cocoa, and join us online for this free program! Are you looking for something new to learn while you're staying home? Join the Erie Canal Museum for its new remote program, Quarantine Coffee Hour. The program is free and open to everyone. Every Monday, read a Canal-related article on the Newsroom page of the Museum's Read More »
The Weighlock Building: No Place Like Home

Ways of the Weighmaster Lunchtime Lecture

In the 19th century, New York's canals included weighlocks--locks in which barges were weighed to assess a toll--in a number of communities, including Syracuse. The person responsible for weighing barges and collecting tolls was the weighmaster. Weighmasters were employed by New York State from the Canal's earliest days until the mid-1880s. when tolls ended. Historian Read More »
TR & His Canals, a Free Curator Talk

TR & His Canals, a Free Curator Talk

During this free presentation at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, New York, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Ashley Maready will discuss the important role that former United States President Theodore Roosevelt played in the development of early 20th century canals. This program is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Roosevelt was Read More »
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