Early Canastota Collection

The village of Canastota incorporated in 1835, with the Erie Canal playing an important role in its early history. The Early Canastota Collection documents the importance of the canal on the village's social and economic landscape. The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings of historical photographs. Several reprinted photographs depict the widening and eventual filling in of the canal. Other photographs illustrate the canal's use in various seasons, from the businesses that depended on the canal to the passenger boats and ice skaters who used it for recreation. Additional materials include newspaper reprints of local activities, a 1934 manuscript describing the village in 1860, and obituaries of prominent citizens. Together, these materials illuminate the impact of the Erie Canal on the small rural communities along its route.

Collection owner: Canastota Public Library