on the

Erie Canal

"Clinton's Ditch to Waterway of Glory"

October 2-9, 2005


our motel in Canastota, New York



dinner at Graziano's


program orientation by Jan Walterick


after which we had to tell about ourselves through pictures we drew


the Host Museum at Chittenango

More Photos of the Museum at Chittenango


Welcome to the Museum by Lynn DeOrio, Director


Gilles Roy told us about the Erie Canal history


how the locks functioned


about the tow mules
and the cross over when the tow path
changed to the other side of the canal


and how mule towed boats passed


we viewed the canal dry docks at the museum

More Photos of Erie Canal Dry Docks


learned about Wildflowers of the region from
Barbara and Gordon De Angelo


and life on the canal from Captain Kelsey (Michele Henry)


on the second day Joan DiChristina, introduced Andy Kitzman


from whom we learned about building the canal


and the special stump pullers required to clear the cut timber land


Canal Lifestyles were related by Jan Walterick


the story of Grandma Sheldon, a canal boat worker


was told by her daughter, Rita


and her granddaughters


and in the evening a dulcimer concert was performed by John O'Hara

to hear a portion of his concert


on the third day we visited the Sims Store Museum in Camillus

More Photos of the Camillus Museum


and the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse in the old canal weigh house

More photos of the Syracuse Museum


had a buffet lunch at the Rusty Rail Restaurant


and visited the Canastota Canal Town Museumum

More Photos of the Canastota Museum


on day four we boarded the Emita II

Photos of our trip on the Erie Canal aboard Emita II


Emita tied up for our motel overnightht


the captain of the Emita II, telling us of his dreams for the Erie Canal


leaving the Emita II at the end of our voyage


returning by bus to Canastota


our canal cookie at the last lunch

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