Opened in 1825, the Erie Canal was an engineering marvel in its time
and remains so today. More than a feat of engineering, the Canal gave
access to the rich lands and resources west of the Appalachians. The
waterway brought wealth and a host of new influences to Rochester the
other towns it touched.
At the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Canal, WXXI travels
from Palmyra to Fairport to Pittsford to Spencerport to Holley,
exploring towns and meeting people along the waterway. Through family
stories, vintage photos, stunning contemporary images, Canal Towns looks
at the past, present and future of an amazing man-made resource.