Your donation helps the Canal Society of New York State fulfill its mission to protect New York State’s canal heritage and its future through research, preservation, education and advocacy.
Every Enlarged Erie Canal lock had a watch house between the two lock chambers. These "shanties" were iconic features of our canal landscape. The Society has one of the very few surviving watch houses, rescuing it from a farmer's field in March 2019 in hopes of eventually placing it at our Lock 52 in Port Byron. Dating from the mid-19th century, this shanty was at Lock 54 in Lock Berlin and is nearly identical to the one that stood at our lock.
With your help, we could continue to work on the shanty's preservation. Depending on our piggy bank, we hope to begin work in the next few weeks to better secure the little house for the winter. We know there are so many other needs of late that we all need to support. If you could help with this, we'll be especially grateful!
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