About Us


Society members have enthusiastically work to preserve canal sites across the state, including Commercial Slip in Buffalo, the weighlock building in Syracuse, parts of the Genesee Valley Canal, the Erie Canal aqueduct in Camillus and most recently, leading the charge to re-water the Erie Canal in downtown Rochester.

The historic motorship the Day Peckinpaugh was rescued by the Society from the scrap heap. It started with a phone call to the owners of the boat docked in Erie PA, continued with Society members pitching in to help it make the journey across the state, and ended with handing it over to the New York State Museum.

The Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron is by far the largest undertaking the Society has ever attempted. This park will give the Society a physical home for its collection. It will be located along the Thruway, adjacent to Lock 52, and include the 1890 Erie House (originally a canal tavern) a dry dock and blacksmith shop. Visitors will be able to access the park from the Thruway as well as from Route 31 in Port Byron.