ERIE CANAL VILLAGE DESCRIPTION
The Erie Canal Village is a re-created mid-1800's village along the Erie Canal near the site where the first shovelful of dirt was turned in 1817 for the start of construction on the canal. A mule drawn Packet Boat plies a section of the enlarged canal giving visitors a taste of early 19th century water travel. A narrow gauge Railroad ride gives the experience of slightly later travel. The village is home to three museums: The Harden Carriage Museum housing a variety of horse drawn vehicles from mid-upstate New York; The New York State Museum of Cheese housed in the former Merry and Weeks cheese factory; and the Canal Museum depicting the history, construction and life along the Erie Canal. This typical canal village also containsBennett’s Tavern, a Blacksmith Shop, the Shull Victorian House, a Canal General Store, Print Shop, the Crosby House, an early 1800s Settler’s House, the Maynard Methodist Church, and a one room School House. There is also a gift shop and snack bar to complete your stay.
|ERIE CANAL VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT
1973: Erie Canal Village begins -- a short section of the old Erie Canal is cleared of trees and brush and a Packet Boat was launched to give rides to passengers. That year also saw the track laid for a narrow gauge railroad ride.
1974: the Church, Harden Museum and Railroad Station move on site, a wooden bridge was built over the canal into the village, and train rides started
1975: the One Room School House moves in, the Harden Museum opens, and the Canal Museum and Gift Shop were built.
1976: the Blacksmith Shop moves in and the School House opens.
1977: Crosby House moves in and the Canal Museum opens.
1978: Bennett’s Tavern moved from McConnellsville to the Village
1979: Orientation Center built, the Tavern opens and the Settler’s House and Ladies Shop (now the Farmer’s Canal Store) move to the village.
1980: Settler’s House opens.
1981: Shull House moves to the Village.
1983: Cheese Factory donated to the Village.
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