PACNY has arranged for a special tour of the Erie Canal Park and Aqueduct in Camillus on Sunday, August 24. We will take a boat ride to see the aqueduct beginning at 2 p.m. and then return to shore for a tour of the museum, with refreshments to follow. The cost is $8 for PACNY members and $10 for non-members. This is a family friendly event and kids are free!
The Erie Canal is one of Central New York’s most important historic features, the engineering breakthrough and transportation marvel that made possible so much of the development in this region. One of the most challenging engineering feats was to have the Erie Canal cross the various rivers and creeks. The present aqueduct in Camillus was built in 1844, using limestone quarried locally at Split Rock, and served as a bridge that carried canal boats over and across Nine Mile Creek. An engineering landmark and a place of great beauty, it was lovingly restored in 2009 and received an award from PACNY.
This will be a fascinating glimpse into Central New York’s Erie Canal heritage, and a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. We hope you will come with PACNY as we explore this remarkable structure.