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“Historically interesting” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Erie Canal Village

Erie Canal Village
Ranked #12 of 17 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where construction for the original Erie Canal began.
Rochester, New York
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97 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Historically interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Erie Canal Village was an interesting stop on our great NYS history trip with our kids. Are there some buildings that are condemned, yes. Many buildings you can still go inside. For the ones that are condemned (you can't miss the signs on the buildings), you are still able to peek inside and see the period furnishings (except one). Remember- these buildings are 200 + years old AND your admission is not much. There is other period museum that is nicer (Genesee Country Village in Mumford), but its attached to a larger museum with MORE funding and the admission is MUCH more.

There was alot of good information about the history of the Erie Canal- from Clinton's Ditch to the Barge Canal.

Also at this stop is Fort Bull- a fort from the French and Indian War that was burned down. There is a monument to commemorate the fort and you can 'see' where the walls would of been.

Visited July 2013
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Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
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26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Village is in need of serious repairs. At least four of the structures were "condemned" and were not accessible for visiting.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Judd K
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Definitely needs a makeover”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

This poor little old historic village is in a sorry state. It could be really nice if it was taken care of. Lots of interesting history and information about the Erie canal. The structures are all in violation so the town code enrocement won't let the visitors go
inside most of the buildings because they are too dangerous. What a shame because it could be a mini Williamsburg.
And the biggest joke was the train ride. It' s a stupid little train that runs back and fort through the swamp for 25 minutes. A big waste of money and time. The owner should take some pride in this place and fix it up or it will be run into the ground soon.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank ladydi1212
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Upstate NY
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Sorry to say, but this is not worth the time or money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

This village has potential, but it needs lots of TLC. The history is great, the boat ride down the canal fun...but I think they could do so much more and the place needs a face-lift. However, on the grounds is a great little museum that honors the local athletes, the Rome Sports Hall of Fame. For a small town, it was surprising how many nationally known athletes came from there.

Visited October 2011
2 Thank rudy97
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74 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Needs more upkeep”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Was very excited to learn about local history. Wasnt disappointed, however, found the village to be unkept. Used their picnic area before entering village-lawn wasn't mowed had to track through thick grass wasn't sure if this was the spot we were supposed to use for our picnic or not. Windows on museum buildings were dirty, floors needed to be swept and buildings needed to be repaired. Felt there is a lot of local history to be learned and this village just doesn't represent it very well.

1 Thank tammys4224
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