The Erie Canal is 200 years old. Did you know a canal was built to connect Lake Ontario via the Oswego River to the Erie Canal near Syracuse? Construction started on the Oswego Canal in 1825, was completed on December 10, 1828 and it opened in 1829. It runs from Port Ontario to Three Rivers where it connects to the Erie Canal. Thus creating a direct link from Lake Ontario to the Erie Canal.
An exhibit on the Oswego Canal can be viewed in the exhibit case on the main floor of Penfield Library across from the Research Help Desk that contains images from each lock from Lock #1 Phoenix to Lock #8 Oswego. In addition, a small display of books can be viewed in Special Collections on the lower level of the library. Special Collections contains many photographs, documents, and books on both the Oswego and the Erie Canals. Listen to the Erie Canal Song sung by Pete Seeger
Special Collections open hours are Monday afternoons from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, however we are happy to schedule an appointment at other times so you can visit us.