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Get Involved: Historic Preservation
By working in partnership with public and private entities, the Erie Canalway seeks to ensure that the Corridor’s historic and distinctive sense of place will be widely recognized and consistently protected.
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Lock 11 National Register Listing for NYS Canal System
In October 2014, The National Park Service listed the New York State Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation recognizes the New York State Canal System as a nationally significant work of early twentieth century engineering and construction that affected transportation and maritime commerce for nearly half a century.

The New York State Barge Canal National Register Historic District is remarkable in its scope and historical integrity. It spans 450 miles and includes the four branches of the state’s canal system: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals– all much enlarged versions of waterways that were initially constructed during the 1820s. The nomination evaluated 791 features and included 552 contributing structures and buildings.
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Historic architecture in Lyons New York Historic Preservation Tax Credit
New York State’s Rehabilitation Tax Credit program is attracting widespread use throughout the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, signaling strong interest in community revitalization efforts. The state credit is catalyzing new interest in the federal rehabilitation credit as well. Since 2009, 70% of the applications for the federal rehabilitation tax credit for income-producing properties have come from Upstate New York, with key projects proceeding along the canal from Buffalo to Cohoes.
New York State’s rehabilitation credit for owner-occupied homes is also seeing widespread use – nearly 100 homes in the canal corridor are being revitalized through that program. An economic benefits study for these rehabilitation incentives, funded by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and completed by the Preservation League of New York State, projected a 12:1 return on New York State’s investment in this program.
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Day Peckinpaugh Day Peckinpaugh
The Day Peckinpaugh, an operational historic canal motorship owned by the NYS Museum, is being transformed into a water-based traveling exhibit and classroom. National Park Service interpretive exhibits were installed in 2007 and we continue to work in partnership with the museum, the NYS Canal Corporation, and the Canal Society of New York State to complete restoration of the vessel. During 2009, the Day Peckinpaugh traveled nearly 600 miles as part of the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration. more >
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The national significance of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor relies on the integrity and authenticity of its vast array of historic and cultural resources. These qualities enable residents and visitors today to connect to the people, places, and events that shaped the region, New York State, and the nation.
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