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Erie Canal Village

Central Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 69, State Rt. 46 and State Rt. 49, near Rome in Oneida County

Erie Canal Village is an outdoor living history museum, a reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where, on July 4, 1817, the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal.

Relax as our horse drawn Packet Boat plies a section of the enlarged canal giving visitors a taste of early 19th century water travel. The village is home to three museums: The Erie Canal Museum, which unfolds the story of the Erie Canal from the first proposals for an improved route to the West through the emergence of the Barge Canal System in 1918; The Harden museum which exhibits a collection of horse drawn vehicles that range from utilitarian farm equipment to an elegant Laundaulet. ; and third, The New York State Museum of Cheese building, which once housed the Merry and Weeks cheese factory in nearby Verona, NY. This building explores the history of cheese making and its relationship to the importance of the Erie Canal in New York State during the 19th century.

In addition to the museums, other typical structures found during the 19th century can be viewed and explored such as Bennett's Tavern, Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Station, Ice House, Wood Creek School, Maynard Methodist Church, Shull Victorian House, Settler's House, Crosby House and Canal Store. Also on site is the historic marker commemorating the location of Fort Bull on the Wood River.

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Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:near
Closest Route #:State Rt. 69, State Rt. 46 and State Rt. 49
Months Occurring:may, june, july, august and september
Best Season:summer
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closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 10 to 5 except on Sundays, noon to 5.

Indoors or Outdoors:both
Admission Fee:yes
ADA Compliance:yes
Restroom Available:yes
Bus Parking:yes
URL:Erie Canal Village website


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