The Cayuga-Seneca canal connects the Erie Canal at Montezuma to 92 miles of canalized rivers and lakes, including the Seneca River and Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.
Unique aspects of the region include Seneca Falls, celebrated as the birthplace of the women's rights movement, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, a 7,000 acre premier birdwatching preserve, and the Finger Lakes Region, renowned for its natural beauty, elegant architecture, wine country, and world-class cultural and recreational attractions.
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Historic and Cultural Sites and Museums
Find out how the Seneca River and Cayuga-Seneca Canal powered the rise of industry, agriculture, and social reform ideas, most notably the birth of women's rights.
The History Center in Tompkins County serves as a highly valuable resource for researchers, teachers, students, and genealogists. It offers an extensive historical collection that includes both images and archives on the history of the canal in southern Cayuga Lake.
Women's Rights National Historical Park Four historical properties and visitor center interpret the history of the women's rights movement. Includes: Wesleyan Chapel, site of the first Women's Rights Convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton home, Thomas and Mary Ann M'Clintock house, and the home of Richard and Jane Hunt.
Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and Seneca Falls Visitor Center Showcases history of Seneca Falls, Seneca County, and the Finger Lakes region, illustrating how the Seneca River and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal powered the rise of industry and fostered cultural development, helping to spread social reform movements. Access by boat from canal promenade or by Falls Street entrance.