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Address: 5789 New London Rd, Rome, NY 13440
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Reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where construction for...

Reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where construction for the original Erie Canal began.

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Wasted

This place is easy to miss. At first glimpse, it appears to be one more abandoned property on the list of thousands. The buildings look like they are about to collapse. It's even... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Kirk H
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Clayton, New York
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The website says open for the season... but closer look at other pages suggests the site has not been updated for years. The parking lot is almost undrivable (mud/potholes) and most of the buildings look abandoned. I do not think this is in business any longer.

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Thank edb430
Clayton, New York
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108 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This place is easy to miss. At first glimpse, it appears to be one more abandoned property on the list of thousands. The buildings look like they are about to collapse. It's even more difficult to determine when the place is open. The tiny sign mentions an event that took place two months ago. What a waste of a potentially... More 

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1 Thank Kirk H
New Rochelle
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

The website indicates open every day but when I arrived on Wednesday, the posted hours show it's closed on Wednesdays. It's just two buildings and an old packet boat. Not worth the trip even if it was open.

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1 Thank Michael D
De Pere, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

It looked like at one point in time (probably decades ago) it was a great attraction. Now, the only thing to see is a couple of broken-down buildings and the Sports Hall of Fame next door.

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3 Thank williamsoquet
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Visiting Erie canal was a very nice experience. I personally helped clean it up and I can say it's must see. There's almost an eerie(no pun intended) feel to it. Mostly because of the old buildings remaining on the property. All the way in the back there's a nature trail, I recommend giving it a try.

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1 Thank Camille M
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129 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

We stopped, got out of the car turned around and got back in the car and left. I remember when they built this place and at one time it was nice but now it's run down and most of it is not being used. What happened I'm not sure

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2 Thank arthur b
Utica, New York
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1,788 reviews
1,145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 680 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

It was real attraction for the area, located at the place where (the story is told) the Erie Canal was started. Locked up now and there doesn't seem to be any online presence telling anyone when it might reopen.

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1 Thank RonL40
Utica, New York
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

We were there for an event. I was so saddened to see the buildings declining from neglect. The boats were no longer safe to use.

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1 Thank hilwoman
alberta
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

nice parking lot to access Erie canal tow-path multi-use trail. In Sep 2015 the village was closed, with a mouldering barge in the canal.

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Webster, New York
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

This place has been closed for some time. New owners as of May 2015 allow visitation though all buildings are closed. Great potential but do not expect much right now.

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