Erie Canal Village

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This outdoor living history museum is a reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where, on July 4, 1817, the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal. A mule drawn packet boat plies a section of the enlarged canal giving visitors a taste of early 19th century water travel. Visit three museums, as well as 19th century structures which include a tavern, blacksmith shop, railroad station, school, church and store.