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Erie Canal Bicentennial

The Construction of the Erie Canal

By Anthony Opalka, Historian for the City of Albany

The original Erie Canal, constructed between 1817 and 1825, connected Albany on the Hudson River, with Buffalo, a small emerging village at the eastern end of Lake Erie. Over 360 miles in length, "Clinton's Ditch," as it was known, provided the first continuous connection by water between the eastern and western ends of New York State, and prior to the advent of the railroad, the canal was the primary means of transporting goods across the state. Today, the Erie Canal and a network of connecting waterways are still in service as America's most iconic and enduring man-made waterway.

Erie Canal Itinerary Image

Water Music

Musical experience two centuries in the making and a cross-cultural celebration... More

Erie Canal Vignettes

Erie Canal Vignettes

Learn more about the Erie Canal and it's historic Bicentennial.
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Erie Canal Spread

Erie Canal Spread

As featured in the 2017 Albany Visitors Guide.
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Signature Events

Erie Canal Re-Imagined

July 01, 2017 to October 07, 2017
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Mabee Farm Historic Site
  • Venue: Mabee Farm Historic Site
  • Admission: $5 Adults/$8 combined tour & exhibits/Children are free
  • 1080 Main St
  • Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150
  • Phone: 518-887-5073
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To celebrate the Erie Canal's bicentennial, Dana Hatchett worked with historical photos of the Erie Canal from the SCHS library. The result? A great visual adventure in pencil, conte crayon, and charc...

Schuyler's Canal Revolution

September 21, 2017

Phil Lord, a former curator at the New York State Museum, will trace the evolution of canals and navigation experiments fostered by Schuyler's initiative, first begun in 1792 with the formation of the...

The Irish and the Erie Canal

April 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The Irish were involved from start to finish, from originally proposing the concept a hundred years before a shovel was even put into the ground, to the routing, to its design, to securing support f...

Special Events

Always Know Your Pal

May 02, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
  • Admission: $5 Adults
  • 2 Museum Lane
  • Waterford, NY 12188
  • Phone: 518-238-0809
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The Erie Canal celebrates its 200th Anniversary beginning this year across New York State. The museum presents "Always Know Your Pal", an exhibit that shares with visitors the histo...

On-Going Events

Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal

September 14, 2017 to October 20, 2019 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The Erie Canal directed the course of New York and American history. When it opened in 1825, this "boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century" unlocked the Western inter...

The Wedding of the Waters: Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad

July 03, 2017

The Wedding of the Waters exhibit provides more information about the role that the Erie Canal played for freedom seekers. For many, the Erie Canal served as the last leg of the underground railroad, ...

 

 

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