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Buffalo Western New York Maritime Heritage and Museums

The Buffalo area was inhabited before the 17th century by Native American Iroquois tribes and later by French settlers. The city grew significantly in the 19th and 20th centuries; immigration, the Erie Canal, rail transport and proximity to Lake Erie fueled trade with the midwestern part of the nation.

Buffalo is located at the head of the Niagara River 16 miles south of Niagara Falls

Niagara FallsBuffalo Metro Rail is a 6.4-miles (10.3 km) long, single line light rail system that extends from Erie Canal Harbor in downtown Buffalo to the University Heights district. Two train stations, operated by Amtrak, serve the city. Historically, it was a major stop on through routes between Chicago and New York City.

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The Buffalo Harbor Museum is in a building that was once the home of long-time Buffalo ship chandler Howard H Baker and Company. Ship chandlery business was central to the existence of dynamic ports and their waterfronts that supplied sails and ropes and other supplies for sailing ships. Displays and exhibits provide an overview of the evolution of the Buffalo Waterfront along with artifacts from the vessels that sailed the Great Lakes.

Buffalo SkylineThe Buffalo Maritime Center promotes traditional hand skills and a craftsman-like attitude while advancing knowledge of the Western New York maritime heritage. The high standards of craftsmanship intrinsic to the work of boat building form the basis of educational programs that encourage self-discipline, self-sufficiency, and the pride of performing meaningful work.

From the earliest canoes and flat-bottomed bateaux to canal packets and majestic yachts, regional watercraft of the Niagara Frontier have played a central role in prehistory and the history of the region. The vital water links of the Great Lakes, area rivers, and countless smaller lakes spawned unique boats, providing work for the best naval architects on the east coast.

Erie TravelerDurham boats flat-bottomed, double-ended craft were used throughout the inland waterways of North America to ferry supplies and people. They were used to transport George Washington and his troops across the Delaware River during the American Revolution and were especially common along the Niagara River to transport salt and lumber from Little Niagara (Fort Schlosser) to Black Rock. Durham boats eventually were replaced in the Niagara region by larger, more efficient canal boats after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825.

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Traveling in Upstate New York

Upstate New York is city and country settings high-tech industries and natural wonders

Corning drive through the Catskill Mountains and reach the Corning Museum, the world’s largest glass museum featuring a contemporary art and design wing; experience live hot glass demonstrations of glass objects made by artists and hands-on exhibits highlighting science and technology.

Rochester NYFinger Lakes and Watkins Glen State Park is the site of 19 waterfalls and a gorge. Seneca Lake is a long slender lake with wineries along both sides. From Geneva, on the north shore of the lake, you can head east towards Syracuse and visit Destiny USA, sixth largest shopping destination in the United States.

Rochester is a world renowned American city and home to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film inside the home of Kodak’s founder.

The Erie Canal is an Active Waterway Cruise or Walk through Historic Villages and Natural Landscapes

Canal PittsfordGenesee County Village and Museum is the largest living history museum in the state; a restored 19th century village with historic buildings, craftspeople in authentic dress, a nature center, wildlife gallery and a vintage baseball park.

The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play, blending the best features of history and children’s museums.

The Susan B Anthony House stand in the front parlor where she was arrested for voting in 1872 and experience her amazing story of courage and determination at this National Historic Landmark.

NewYork StateNiagara Falls ride aboard the Maid of the Mist and get close to the falls throughout the Niagara Falls State Park. The Cave of the Winds brings you face to face with the pounding waters of Niagara Falls. Follow the wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck, less than 20 feet from the base of the Bridal Veil Falls.

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