What an amazing feat of civil engineering it was to construct the Erie Canal.
As many did, I grew up singing the verses to the song not knowing anything about the 363-mile waterway between Buffalo and Albany.
Fortunately, my friends, the Pillsworth’s, live close to the National Heritage Corridor and every time I visit Little Falls there is something new to discover.
It’s sad but very little remains of the open canal bed or towpath, only fragments scattered here and there. A 36-mile stretch between Dewitt and Rome is the only restored and preserved tract.
This is a shot of Erie Canal Lock No. 17.