Links to Useful Sites
There are many organizations and websites to help you in your canal research. Here are a few.
Erie Canal and General Information about New York's Canals.
Most of these sites will also have information about the Oswego, Champlain, and Cayuga Seneca Canals, which with the Erie, are the four canals that make up the current canal system.
The Erie Canal Museum is located in Syracuse NY.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website has information for many of the canal parks, museums, and other sites found along the entire canal system.
The Digital Public Library has a digital exhibit called Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal.
The New York Heritage Digital Collections site has many images from the Canal Society collection. Just enter "canal society" in the search field, or "Erie Canal" for all their holdings.
The Erie Canal website has lots of great information about the canal.
The blog titled "The Travels of Tug 44" has information on all of the canals of New York.
New York's other canals
The Boonville Black River Canal Museum is located in Boonville, about an hour north of Rome. It is a nice little museum that covers the history of this lateral canal that existed until 1924.
The Glens Fall Feeder Canal Alliance is located in Glens Falls and covers the history of the small navigable feeder that connected Glens Falls to the Champlain Canal. At the time of this posting, only the Facebook page was working.
The D&H Canal Historical Society covers the history of this privately owned and operated canal that went between Kingston, NY and Honesdale, PA.
This web site has information about the Champlain Canal. The Champlain Canal is one of the four canals still in use.
The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway website will help you find and understand the Genesee Valley Canal. This canal was abandoned in 1877.
This website has information about the Chemung Canal which ran between Watkins Glen and Elmira, NY. This canal was abandoned in 1877.
This website has information about the Chenango Canal which ran between Utica and Binghamton, NY.
The short 7 mile long Crooked Lake Canal ran between Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake. There is a nice trail that runs alongside the canal and some remains can be seen. This canal was abandoned in 1877.
Canal Societies, Museums, and Parks in Other States
The American Canal Society website has information on all of the American canals.
The Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area follows this abandoned canal between Cleveland and New Philadelphia, Ohio.
The National Canal Museum is located in Easton PA.
The Friends of the Delaware Canal help to promote and maintain this intact canal that ran between Easton and Bristol, PA.
The Canal Society of New Jersey has a museum in Waterloo, NJ.
The Walbash and Erie Canal Park and Museum is located in Delphi, IN.
The Blackstone Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts covers the Blackstone Canal.
The Middlesex Canal Association has a museum in Middlesex, MA.