Along the Erie Canal, Buffalo, N.Y


The Erie Canal

In an earlier blog, we discussed the Cherry Valley Turnpike, so critical to the 19th-century history of the Sharon Springs region. Railroad lines, developed later that century, also shaped the demographics and economy of upstate New York, as we touched upon in another blog. Also in the 19th century, the Erie Canal, connecting the Hudson River, north of Albany, and Buffalo, north of Lake Erie

by History Boys

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Nancy Pfau

Great photo of the canal and interesting article! The e-book is a must buy for anyone interested in the history of this area! Thanks, guys!

Annette Reckeweg

My kids did book reports on the subject, that’s when I became interested in the canal Not being from the area I knew nothing about it. It’s wonderful history. I have lived in the Leatherstocking Region for 30 years now and I am still fascinated by the local history. Sharon Springs is as charming as it gets. I have always loved visiting the village and now seeing its rebirth of commerce.

Joe Ahern

The development of the Erie Canal was not only a significant contributor to the growth of industry and commerce in the northeastern United States but it was a means to facilitate westward expansion. A book entitled “Erie Canal Legacy – Architectural Treasures of the Empire State,” published by the Landmark Society of Western New York, provides wonderful photos of architectural treasures within the various counties along the route of the Erie Canal. Also, in season, daily cruises along the route of the Erie Canal originate from Herkimer NY and, while there, you can visit the recently restored Erie Canal Terminal Building to learn more about the history.

Linda Peterson

My children, all 3 now in their 50’s, were raised in a village outside of Syracuse. There was much ado about the canal and it’s history. And a fascinating history it is.