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Erie Canal

Twelve Miles on the Erie Canal…

Begun in 1817 and opened in its entirety in 1825, the Erie Canal is considered the engineering marvel of the 19th century.  Once derided as “Clinton’s Folly” for the Governor who lent his vision and political influence to the project, the iconic waterway established settlement patterns, made New York the financial capital of the world, and gave rise to a series of social and economic changes throughout America.

Cayuga County has 12 miles of canal, from the Richmond Aqueduct in Montezuma to Lock 51 on the Onondaga/Cayuga County line.

Canal highlights include:

Treasures Along the Erie Canal

Interested in exploring sites along the Erie Canal? Download the complete Treasures Along The Erie Canal brochure, or download our app! Follow all or parts of this 60-mile self-guided tour through Cayuga and Wayne Counties.

Scan this QR code to download the App.