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  • Erie Canal Opening Commemoration Plaque

    Aritfact: Lockport Captstone
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: On August 24, 1825, a large ceremony was held to honor the completion of the Lockport flight. This is one of two capstones ceremoniously placed into the structure of the flight that day. It reads: “The Erie Canal 362 Miles In Length Was commenced the 4th Of July 1817 and Completed In The Year 1825 at an expense Of About $7,000,000 and was constructed exclusively by the CITIZENS Of the STATE of NEW YORK.”

  • Painting of Durhamville Glassworks in Oneida County

    Artifact: Durhamville Glassworks, unknown artist, mid-19th century
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: The Durhamville Glassworks, specializing in window panes, opened around 1845 and operated until 1905. This area of Oneida County had several glassworks that used large quantities of sand shipped on the Erie Canal. 

  • DeWitt Clinton Portrait

    Artifact: DeWitt Clinton Portrait, attributed to John Wesley Jarvis, ca. 1816
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: Clinton’s political experience and connections played a large role in the Erie Canal. The project was derided as “Clinton’s Ditch” and “Clinton’s Folly” by his political enemies until the tremendous success of the canal won over public sentiment. He became known as the “Father of the Erie Canal.”

  • windlass exhibit

    Artifact: Windlass on display in Erie Canal exhibition
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum

  • Windlass

    Artifact: Windlass on display in Erie Canal exhibition
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum

  • Little Falls painting

    Artifact: Little Falls, New York by William Rickarby Miller, 1852
    Photo Credit: Albany Institute of History and Art
    Caption: Little Falls provided the engineers with one of the most difficult challenges as they traversed a narrow passage through high terrain in the Mohawk Valley. 

  • Erie Canal Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Artifact: Ground-Breaking Ceremony by J. Erwin Porter, ca. 1960
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: The first shovel of dirt was ceremoniously overturned outside of Rome on July 4, 1817. Over the next eight years, engineers, surveyors, contractors, and laborers with little or no experience overcame immense obstacles to build the Erie Canal. 

  • DeWitt Clinton's Chair

    Artifact: DeWitt Clinton's Writing Chair, ca. 1825
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: Referred to as the "Chair of State", this custom-made piece was used by Governor DeWitt Clinton during his last term of office.

  • Artwork of Grain Elevator on Erie Canal

    Artifact: Artwork of Grain Elevator on the Erie Canal in Fultonville
    Photo Credit: Canal Society of New York State
    Caption: The canal provided communities along the route to import and export products that would have been too costly prior to the canal.