Steeped in history and legends, New York is filled with stories of the forgotten, eerie and the weird that influence us everyday. What secrets are hidden in the historic buildings on the grounds of Erie Canal Village in Rome.
Once a tourist destination for history buffs yearning for a hands-on experience of life in Upstate New York in the 1800s and a yearly field trip destination for schoolchildren, Erie Canal Village in Rome slipped into disuse and disrepair in the last few years. That steady decline appears to be changing as a new group has purchased the park and rebranded it as the Empire State Heritage Park.
Erie Canal Village is a reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where the first shovelful of earth was turned for construction of the original Erie Canal. For years it's provided plenty of history, and great memories for families all over.