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On The Road: Erie Canal, Monument of Progress That Shaped a Nation

Program Number: 21000RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/24/2014;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Troy, New York
Price starting at: $2,179.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 24; 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 spurred the first great westward movement of American settlers, gave access to the rich land and resources west of the Appalachians and made New York the preeminent commercial city in the United States. Discover the history of the Erie Canal and its enormous impact on the development of our nation. Study the canal from the perspective of the innovations in engineering required to complete it, and examine the influence of this transportation route that opened trade into the heart of America, turning small towns into blossoming cities and in turn inspiring social change, cultural progress and religious movements.




Highlights

• Cruise through canal towns and along the only restored aqueduct.
• More than just the canal route, examine the region’s pivotal American history from Colonial Times through the 20th century.
• Explore geology, architecture and modern innovations along the historic Erie Canal.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, walking and standing in museums; stairs unavoidable at locks, on cruise boats.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Troy, 2 nights; coach to Utica, 2 nights; coach to Syracuse, 2 nights; coach to Rochester, 2 nights; coach to Buffalo, 2 nights, departure.



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Troy (New York)

Combine a well-preserved 19th-century downtown with a little-known but fascinating history that includes the Erie Canal and the American Industrial Revolution and you have the city of Troy. Situated at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, this 200-year-old town boasts a picturesque setting and more than a dozen Tiffany windows.



Accommodations
Full-service hotels in locations that enhance the exploration of each destination.
Meals and Lodgings
   BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany
  Troy, New York 2 nights
   Hotel Utica
  Utica, New York 2 nights
   The Parkview Hotel
  Syracuse, New York 2 nights
   Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
  Rochester, New York 2 nights
   Adam's Mark Hotel
  Buffalo, New York 2 nights
 BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The AAA-Three Diamond rated Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn is situated a few minute's walk from the center of Troy's historic district, along the banks of the Hudson River.
  Contact info: 1 4th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3225 USA
phone: 518-274-8800
web: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/NY/Troy-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Franklin-Square-Inn-Troy-Albany/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=33144
  Room amenities: 62 rooms with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, , daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, free onsite parking, concierge desk, business center, library, fitness center. 100% smoke free hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Utica
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Utica was completed in 1912, in the gilded age of the cities along the Erie Canal. Famous guests include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hopalong Cassidy, Mae West and Bobby Darin. These were the days that gave birth to the glory of Hotel Utica. Completely renovated and returned to its stature as a historic Landmark, the hotel reopened in 2001 after extensive renovations.
  Contact info: 102 Lafayette Street
Utica, MA 13502 USA
phone: 877-906-1912
web: http://hotelutica.com/index.cfm/home
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, refrigerator upon request, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Free Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, fitness room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Parkview Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: The Parkview Hotel is a recently renovated boutique hotel located in downtown Syracuse, across from Foreman Park.
  Contact info: 713 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210 USA
phone: 315-476-4212
web: http://theparkviewhotel-px.trvlclick.com/default.aspx?pg=home
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, private bathroom and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast, bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, market shop, self-service laundry room, dry cleaning and fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside is conveniently located in the center of downtown Rochester, overlooking the Genesee River. Connected to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, it is the primary link to an enclosed skyway system that encompasses over 100 retail stores, restaurants and office buildings.
  Contact info: 120 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14604 USA
phone: 585-546-6400
web: www.radisson.com\rochesterny_riverside
  Room amenities: 465 rooms with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, refrigerator upon request, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Full service restaurant and bar; Free Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift shop, laundry facilities, fitness center, complimentary airport and train station shuttle service, complimentary boarding pass printing. 100% smokefree facility.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Adam's Mark Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated just steps from the Lake Erie waterfront and the historic Erie Canal Basin, the Adams Mark hotel is in the heart of downtown Buffalo.
  Contact info: 120 Church Street
Buffalo, NY 14202 USA
phone: 716-845-5100
web: www.adamsmark.com
  Room amenities: 486 rooms with air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, AM/FM alarm radio, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, safe deposit box.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant & bar, ATM, dry cleaning/laundry, gift shop, on-site car rental, indoor swimming pool, business center, fitness center, on-site parking (fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Vary by date Post nights are based on hotel availability and rates vary by date. Please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 for date specific information.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 p.m.: Hotel Check-In; 3-5 p.m.: Program Registration. 5:30 p.m.: Orientation and Welcome. 6:30 p.m.: Dinner in the hotel. You will be staying at BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on Day 11. Independent departures from Buffalo. You will be staying at Adam's Mark Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Troy, New York
  Nearest airport:  Albany International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Buffalo, New York
  Nearest airport:  Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA)
Travel Details
 

Troy

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Capitaland Taxis

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 per taxi.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

The Albany International Airport Capitaland Taxi stand is located just outside the baggage claim area. Taxis are metered and rate varies depending on traffic conditions. Airport Capitaland cabs are equipped to accept credit cards.

 

Troy

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10.29 miles

   

Rensselaer, NY -Albany (ALB) Amtrak Station: 525 East Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144. The Adirondack, Empire Service and Ethan Allen Express Routes pass through the ALB station.

 

Troy

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 


Airlines
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

   

The following airlines serve Albany: US Airways, Delta, United, Cape Air, Air Canada, Southwest, AirTran

 

Buffalo

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

.8 miles

   

Buffalo, NY - Exchange Street (BFX) Amtrak Station: 75 Exchange Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 The Empire Service, Lake Shore LImited and Maple Leaf routes pass through the BFX station.

 

Buffalo

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 


Airlines

   

The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is served by the following airlines: AirTrain, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US AIrways.

 
Driving Directions
  The East Take Interstate 90 to Interstate 787. Take Interstate 787 North to Route 7, take Exit 9/Troy Bennington Exit, travel east on Route 7 to the Downtown Troy Exit. Proceed south on 6th Avenue, take a right on Federal Street. Take a left on along River Street and arrive at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany.
  The North Take Interstate 87 South to Route 7, travel east on Route 7 to the Downtown Troy Exit. Proceed south on 6th Avenue, take a right on Federal Street. Take a left on along River Street and arrive at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany.
  The South/Albany Intl Airport Take Interstate 787 North to Route 7, take Exit 9/Troy Bennington Exit, travel east on Route 7 to the Downtown Troy Exit. Proceed south on 6th Avenue, take a right on Federal Street. Take a left on along River Street and arrive at the BEST WESTERN Franklin PLUS Square Inn Troy/Albany.
  The West Take Interstate 90 to Interstate 787. Take Interstate 787 North to Route 7, take Exit 9/Troy Bennington Exit, travel east on Route 7 to the Downtown Troy Exit. Proceed south on 6th Avenue, take a right on Federal Street. Take a left on along River Street and arrive at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Afternoon: 3 p.m.: Hotel Check-In; 3-5 p.m.: Program Registration. 5:30 p.m.: Orientation and Welcome.
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m.: Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation continues.
   
Accommodations: BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Eastern Terminus of the Erie Canal
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Field trip is primarily by motorcoach, with a photo stops and a few short walks on flat ground and on a well preserved trail, up to 150 yards. Locks have steps.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Full day FIELD TRIP with a historian and local expert who introduces the Eastern Terminus of the Erie Canal.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn the significance of the Cohoes Falls, view the Waterford Locks and learn about the innovations brought about by the construction of the canal.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along the banks of the Hudson River.
   
Accommodations: BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Schenectady and Schoharie Crossing: Where Three Erie Canals Meet
(Tuesday, September 16)

Note: Travel by motorcoach; ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing on paved and unpaved ground at Schoharie Crossing, approximately 30-40 minutes, total walking .5 mile.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Embark on the journey along the Erie Canal. Depart to Schenectady, where a LECTURE details the city’s unique role in the canal’s construction. Drive through the historic Stockade District to admire the architecture. Travel west along the Mohawk River, where the route of the original canal is now the highway. Traces of old locks can be seen at intervals along the way.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Schoharie Crossing is the one site where all three stages of the Erie Canal development can be seen side by side. Take an expert-led walk along Schoharie Creek to view the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, built in 1841, one of the canal’s largest aqueducts. Schoharie Crossing is also home to two preserved locks from the Enlarged Erie Canal, Empire Lock 20 and and Yankee Hill Lock at Putman’s Canal Store. A LECTURE describes the business and industries in this small canal town. Continue to Utica.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Utica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mohawk Valley History and The Geology of Little Falls
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: The nature walk consists of a half-mile walk to Moss Island and Lock 17. Optional in-depth viewing of the “pot-holes” involves hiking and climbing over rugged terrain. The paths and rocks will be slippery when wet, thus appropriate foot wear is recommended. The most rigorous portion of the walk will be in and around the pot holes themselves so participants may choose not to venture into the pot holes. The majority of the walk is along a paved roadway and on well-traveled trails.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Step back to the 1700s, to learn about the German settlement of the Mohawk Valley and the importance of the Herkimer Family, trade on the frontier and the role of Nicholas Herkimer in the Revolutionary War. FIELD TRIP continues to Little Falls, to explore Lock 17 on the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River, the world’s deepest lock at the time of the canal construction. Take a guided walk with a naturalist to learn about Moss Island’s unique geology. Gaze upon the enigmatic “Pot Hole” formations of Moss Island and the sheer cliffs that surround you. Discuss how the canal turned this region into America’s industrial powerhouse and original “tech valley” in the 1800’s.
 Lunch: Your choice to explore the local eateries in the mill area.
 Afternoon: Your choice to explore local fare. Afternoon Take some time at leisure to explore the re-purposed mill buildings or stroll the footpath. Return to Utica for some free time. You may wish to visit the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute whose permanent collections include the Hudson River School, 20th century American paintings, 19th century decorative arts and more.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Utica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: The Struggle for Regional Control Through the Centuries and Erie Canal Drydocks
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: Travel by motorcoach with multiple stops throughout the day. Walking up to two miles over the course of the day. Walking and standing at an outdoor living history museum at the Erie Canal Village. Walking and standing at Fort Stanwix. The walk from the Visitor Center to the fort is on a paved path.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Depart Utica to Rome, New York and Fort Stanwix, to learn of the importance of this location. For centuries, the Oneida Carrying Place, a six mile portage connecting the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, served as a vital link for those traveling by water from the ocean to the Great Lakes. When Europeans arrived, nations fought for control of the carry, the homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy, and the rich resources of North America. In this struggle, Fort Stanwix would play a vital role. FIELD TRIP: At the Erie Canal Village living history museum, view the site where the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal on July 4, 1817 and a collection of period buildings and exhibits that portray life in the early 1800s.
 Lunch: In a local eatery.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, view the unearthed three-bay drydock where boat builders and craftsmen built and repaired the 96-foot long cargo boats used on the canal in the late 19th century. Learn about the life and times of the canal boat builder and those who worked on the canal. Continue to Syracuse.
 Dinner: In a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: The Parkview Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Erie Canal Museum and Camillus Aqueduct
(Friday, September 19)

Note: Walking and standing for 1 hour in the museum. Walking Field Trip 1 hour on paved city streets, approximately 1 mile. The canal cruise on the Camillus Aqueduct is 50 minutes. The canal boat has a canopy. There is no toilet on board.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: LECTURE: At the Erie Canal Museum, a presentation by the Curator followed by an examination of the National Register 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, where canal boats were once weighed to assess a toll. It is the only remaining structure of its kind in America. Examine the museum’s collection of artifacts, maps and images that tell the story of Erie Canal construction and canal life.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to Camillus, for a cruise on the only restored portion of the Erie Canal that travels along an aqueduct over Camillus Creek.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: The Parkview Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Palmyra and the Western Canal Towns
(Saturday, September 20)

Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing for 2.5 hours on visits in Palmyra. Some historical buildings have stairs to access the 2nd floor. The canal cruise is 3 to 4 hours. There is a toilet on board and covered areas



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Head to Palmyra, “Queen of the Canal” to envision daily life in a canal town. Visit the William Phelps Store and home, unchanged from 1940, the Palmyra Historical Museum and the Alling Coverlet Museum – the largest collection of American hand-woven coverlets. Board a canal boat for a relaxing cruise.
 Lunch: A box lunch is provided on board the cruise.
 Afternoon: View the banks of the Erie Canal and iconic Western canal towns as the original passengers did, from the deck of a boat as it cruises along the canal. This part of the canal still follows its original path and retains its historic relationship to communities along its banks. Pass by Fairport and disembark in Pittsford. Reboard the motor coach and continue to Rochester.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Rochester: The Underground Railroad and Eastman’s Innovations
(Sunday, September 21)

Note: Walking Field Trip on foot for up to 45 minutes, approximately 1 mile. Walking and standing in the Eastman House for 45 minutes. Walking and standing in the museum. Travel by motorcoach.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Walk in the footsteps of the freedom-seekers who traveled the Underground Railroad en route to a new life. FIELD TRIP: Examine the lifestyle and inventions of George Eastman, the father of popular photography and an example of the Erie Canal’s legacy of culture, arts, academics and architecture
 Lunch: In the museum cafe.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Drive to Lake Ontario and view the High Falls area the site of Rochester’s historic beginnings as a mill town.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Lockport Locks and Medina Railroad
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Walking and standing in the museum. Travel by motorcoach with multiple stops en route. Walking up to .5 mile in Lockport with stairs to view the lock.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Depart to Spencerport, to visit the Adams Basin House. Now a private B&B, the historic tavern is situated on the original towpath and has changed little since the completion of the Erie Canal in the early 1800's.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: At the Medina Railroad Museum, view one of the largest freight depot museums in the country. Continue to Lockport, to view the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal, that raises boats 49 feet in each lock, up the Niagara Escarpment. Witness the water cascading over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1825 locks and catch a glimpse of the original canal towpath. Continue to Buffalo.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Adam's Mark Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: The Western Canal Terminus, Frank Lloyd Wright and Niagara Falls
(Tuesday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the newly restored Erie Canal Basin, the original Western Terminus of the Erie Canal, and learn why Buffalo is home to some of the best architectural examples in America. Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex.
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: An EXCURSION to Niagara Falls takes in views of the falls and provides insight to the Niagara escarpment, an important consideration in the construction of the Erie Canal.
 Dinner: Farewell Journey in a local restaurant.
 Evening: Exchange memories and reflections with your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Adam's Mark Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Departures
(Wednesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


An Englishman's Journey along America's Eastern Waterways


Author: Herbert Holtham


Description: A facsimile of the 1831 journal of the Unitarian minister, who traveled along the six-year-old Erie Canal. With 30 pen-and-ink drawings.



Bond of Union, Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire


Author: Gerard Koeppel


Description: Koeppel traces the politics, drama and impact of the building of the Erie Canal in this lively new history of the 1825 waterway that connected the Great Lakes to New York City.



Buffalo's Waterfront


Author: Thomas E. Leary


Description: A photohistory of the waterways of Buffalo, the western terminus of the Erie Canal, from its post-civil war industrial boom through the 1950s. Part of the Images of America series.



Eighty Years and More, Reminiscences 1815-1897


Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ellen Carol Dubois (Introduction)


Description: The autobiography of the pioneering American feminist, who devoted her life to campaigning for expanded women's rights, most notably female enfranchisement. Cady Stanton's words offer an insightful glimpse of 19th-century American society.



Erie Canal


Author: Martin Morganstein


Description: This collection of 200 archival images captures both the beauty of 19th century rural New York, and the ingenious engineering feats of the day.



Erie Canal


Author: Deborah Williams


Description: This guide to exploring New York's historic canals covers the Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain Canals as well as the Erie.



New York State Map


Author: American Map


Description: A road map of New York at a scale of 1:710,000.



New York State Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species


Author: James Kavanagh


Description: This handy plastic card illustrates commonly encountered birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles.



The Artificial River, The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862


Author: Carol Sheriff


Description: This scholarly volume explores antebellum social and cultural changes, focusing on the effects of the transportation revolution in upstate New York on the region's middle-class.



The Erie Canal Reader, 1790-1950


Author: Roger Hecht


Description: The essays, travelogues, and fiction by writers including Trollope, Melville, Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe capture the landscape and life along the Erie Canal from its birth in the New York frontier, through its heyday and 20th Century decline.



The Erie Canal, Cruising America's Waterways


Author: Debbie Daino Stack


Description: A tribute and guide to exploring the historic canal sysyem across western New York from Lake Erie to Albany and the Hudson River.



The War That Made America, A Short History of the French and Indian War


Author: Fred Anderson


Description: Anderson (Crucible of War) illuminates relations between the Indians, French and British in 18th-century North America.



Wedding of the Waters, The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation


Author: Peter L. Bernstein


Description: Bernstein captures the enormity of the Erie Canal project, recounting its genesis, construction, financing, and operation.





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