Artifacts and archives are so important, especially when you are involved in history. This photograph shows the many items found within the town of Palmyra by Paul Forsay and his metal detector.
Permission is the primary first step to being on anyone’s land. Digging is not to be done in cemeteries, parks and any other private or public land.
In this collection of artifacts, there are items from 1780 with a half-penny, coat buttons, keys, locks, buckles and miscellaneous pieces of clothing and home things. The digging at different levels tells us how old something is, and the deeper you go the older the period of the item.
Upstate New York, Palmyra specifically, went through much history from the glaciers to the drumlins, to the valleys, to the waterways. The waterways are creeks, streams, rivers, lakes called finger lakes and great lakes. All of this shaped the area called the Finger Lakes. Fishing is the best; kayaking is amazing; rafting, especially in the spring, is great at the Black River, Mohawk River and many others.
These things spoken about were naturally made, and then in 1817 the first shovel full of dirt was broken for the new Erie Canal. This was a man-made wonder, each section was dug at different times taking eight years to complete. Through the trials and tribulations that nature threw at the project from malaria to plague, dysentery and accidents, this man-made waterway created the greatest waterway made by man, connecting the east to the west using the Hudson River, Mohawk River to Lake Erie. The canal system is 524 miles long, and some heads up to Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, to Lake Erie and on to Ohio and an official form of transportation to the west.
This year we celebrate the 200th year of the Erie Canal, which includes the “Old Erie” and the Barge Canal. This waterway created the empire state of New York. It brought such cities as Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and many small communities along its banks. Products now moved with great accuracy as the canal took them east and west from Buffalo to New York City and now the ocean.
Building of the canal was a welcome diversion from the War of 1812, and helped this country begin its move westward. Palmyra was established 36 years before the Erie Canal. The building of the Erie enhanced the trade beyond the boundaries of imagination.
We can use your help, please call 315-597-6981 to volunteer, carpenter, clean, paint and, of course, docent.