As you know by reading this, I’m always looking for something to do but sometimes, I forget that the thing to do can just be to enjoy the outdoors. So, I decided to cross something off my list that’s been there for a while, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.
According to Wikipedia, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site was the first part of the old Erie Canal to be designated a National Historic Landmark before the entire New York State Barge Canal as an NHL in 2017. Originally, the area where the site is now was once the Native American village of Tiononderoge, or “the meeting of the waters” in Mohawk where about 360 people once lived.
On the official website, the “Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century’s greatest commercial and engineering projects.” The visitor’s center wasn’t open when I was walking around but inside you can follow the journey of the site of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State.
While walking around, you can still see structures that date back to the canal’s original development, including the Putnam Lock Stand, the Schoharie Aqueduct and artifacts from the 18th century Fort Hunter.
Our area is full of history and I sometimes forget that we can visit these amazing places in person. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is one of the only sites where the Original Erie Canal remains. You can see one of the original guard locks that protected the canal banks from high and often tumultuous waters in the Schoharie Creek. It’s the only guard lock remaining from the original canal (photo below) and story goes that it was built using bricks from Queen Anne’s Chapel.
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is not just a great place to explore history, they also have some amazing amenities like biking, an equestrian trail, hiking, a picnic area, snowshoeing/x-country skiing and tours. So, take advantage of this space, learn some history about our area and don’t miss their list of events!