As early America's greatest technological innovation, the Erie Canal ushered in a new era of transportation history when it was completed in 1825. New York's waterways, railroads, highways and airfields have helped our nation grow in size, population and economic strength while making the state the center of a transportation revolution which has continued into the 21st century. Attractions from scenic railroads to canal cruises to lighthouses act as living history museums, showcasing the many ways New York has led the nation in moving people and goods. In 2017, New York celebrates the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Erie Canal with events and celebrations across the state.
The museum, which is located on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, details the history of local waterways and their impact on the Finger Lakes region. The waterways fostered industrial growth, forward-thinking... more