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Erie Canal Village

5789 New London Road, Routes 46 and 49

Erie Canal Village is an outdoor living history museum. It is 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 mule 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. In order to present a clearer view of 19th century travel, vehicles are placed on samples of three types of roads: dirt, plank and cobblestone; 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 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.


drew savoie

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Once a beautiful and thriving destination. Mismanagement and absolute poor custodial care while under the care of the Rome Historic Society and the city of Rome have turned it into a sight of ruin. It sale to a private individual did nothing to preserve and protect the artifacts.

Karen Zanko Ocker

Sunday, Sep. 25, 2016
In disrepair. We entered the gravelly parking lot and didn't bother to get out of the car. We drove an hour from Syracuse just for this. The site is not maintained. Don't bother.

Neil Tyson

Monday, Sep. 26, 2016
The village is closed and based on the signs on the office and condition of the property, I would guess that it closed before 2015 when the property was purchased. Web site is still up, but has not been updated since the late 1990's.

Franki LLoyd

Friday, May 22, 2015
Since the new mgmt has taken possession of the property, quite a bit of work has already been accomplished. Within 23 days they've already organized a craft fair that promises to be quite an event. They even have the Knights of the FiatLuxe, SCA and Copper tree duking it out with live steel sword fights! They promise to give the city and residents of Rome a place to take their families and participate with living history!

Julie Ann Racino

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Erie Canal Village is Rome, New York's tourist destination for the Erie Canal tourism promoted throughout the state of New York. It's part of a historic series of locks, museums, concerts and events which the federal, state and local governments and private industry have promoted in New York State. The site is featured as one of three Erie Canal Tourism sites in Central New York (Erie Canal Lock 20, Chittenango Landing) highlighted in the report, Community Integration in Rural Communities in Upstate Central New York (Racino, 2014). The report can be viewed and purchased as Square Up Market/community and policy studies report. Erie Canal Working Village Operational for Decades! The site has active civil war encampments in 2013, which I enjoyed tremendously years ago, and continues to host special, family-style and community events (e.g., holidays with Santa, community run and walk, re-enactments with Ft. Stanwix). A few months ago, I stopped by the gift store and heard the historic river packet boat was in need of repair (donations appreciated), and hopefully will receive some new funds from the new private management. The site has potential for further development on acres of prime land, historic buildings, and hosts museums around the village. The site is co-located with Rome Sports Hall of Fame (which hosts an annual inducation ceremony). The Erie Canal Village is located on a tourist road which includes Peterpaul Recreation Park (also featured on Square Market from 2003 with new bumper cars for children!) and Ft. Rickey Game Farm (also under new management in 2014). A Brief Tour in 2014 of the Historic Erie Canal Village I stopped by and toured the Erie Canal Village in August 2014, and was impressed with the Harden Carriage Museum on the grounds. In addition, the Battlefield, an adjoining property from the Revolutionary War, had been newly landscaped and is the site of regular meetings. I toured a small 1800s home with the spinning wheel, period bedroom and kitchen/ovens; and the school building is reportedly still used for school groups. The Erie Canal Museum was being recarpeted, and had oil paintings of leading figures such as Benjamin Wright and John Jervis, together with diorama and historic displays. And the bathrooms were large and accessible, as was the building with the video (needs captioning) introducing the historic building of the Erie Canal. Gracious host (Melody Milewski now at Gems Along the Mohawk), and was told the Rome Sports Hall and Museum is operated separately, too. The New York State Cheese Museum is also on site together with other historic buildings.

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