The canal itself is almost 200 years old, runs for 363 miles, from Albany to Buffalo, NY. It was built to facilitate commerce through the port of New York City to inland locations by water rather than dirt roads - boats rather than horses. It actually cut transportation costs by 95% and opened up western New York to population growth.
|Back of house - facing the canal|
At the edge of a rolling lawn - a canalside dock
An irresistible red dahlia in this backyard
This brick house was a funeral parlor in it's early days - note the red barn
The loft area of this barn is where the embalming was done. You can faintly see the markings above the new-ish garage door where the much larger door was located which could accommodate a horse drawn hearse. The viewings would take place in the front parlor of the brick house.
As you can see the packet boats were low and fit under he bridge easily. This is a modern one and is a summertime vacation rental. The originals were much the same except they carried cargo and were pulled by mules walking alongside on the canal paths. In the far left upper corner of this shot, you can get a small glimpse of the liftbridge. It would not have to raise for a packet boat but for large yachts with fishing equipment, the bridge would raise to accommodate the passage under the bridge.
An enchanting historic tour. I enjoyed it immensely.