The first week of September is chocked full of happenings. On Sept. 2, 1827, the corner stone at the Episcopal Church was laid in. The first church on the four-church corner. None remember this.
The first church in the community of Palmyra was on the Cemetery Hill on Church Street, and was built in 1817. The Western Presbyterian Church is celebrating 200 years of amazing history. Happy anniversary, Western Presbyterian Church. Celebrate the Western Presbyterian Church for its community service, cause involvement, Underground Railroad and all around center of activity for its 200 years.
A magnificent concert happened on Aug. 26, 2017. celebrating one of only five special, rebuilt organs in this great Empire State. Our friend Bob Kirchhoff oversaw that effort, and did so many things to celebrate the church.
Historic Palmyra is one of eight sites that offers the Ticket to Ride school curriculum program, which pays the school for transportation and any admission fees necessary. The grades for this field trip span from fourth to 12th, and admission is paid as well as up to $400 for bus travel. Sign up your school now.
The first step is to contact Historic Palmyra, set up your time and date under the National Erie Canal Heritage Corridor under Ticket to Ride and give them dates and times after you have arranged them from Historic Palmyra. That’s all it takes. Remember, this generous Ticket to Ride program allows each school to sign up until the funds are gone. It is first come, first served.
We are calling all schools to sign up, get their dates and take advantage of this offer. Historic Palmyra worked very hard to be approved to give these tours, and our Wayne, Ontario and Monroe County schools will benefit greatly.
The history of Palmyra and Macedon, originally called Township 12, District 2 and 3, as well as the Erie Canal are highlighted in our museums. The authenticity of the museums and artifacts gives the children the actual experience of life in 1826-80 in one of the busiest canal towns along the 363 miles of the original Erie Canal. The Erie Canal was built in sections, one section being complete while another was started. Did this make sense, you may ask? Of course, the roads were such that passage for a small wagon and horse were almost life threatening, but even 1 mile on the calm waters of the Erie Canal boats were able to carry tons and tons of goods.
When did the Erie Canal open in Palmyra? It was November 1821 when the first canal passenger boat was launched at the end of Market Street into Rogers’ Basin. Seymour Scovell had this boat built right in town, and named it the Myron Holley, who just happened to be a commissioner of the Erie Canal. Seymour was a lawyer and a man of vision. This boat was built to carry 200, and possibly 300, people. The first 10 miles of this great Erie Canal in our area could serve as a local thoroughfare for produce and livestock delivery. The people delivery was most successful; even though travel on the canal was slow, it was smooth compared to any road.
If you are looking for a real experience in real live museums where guides bring your visit to life, than come on down to the five museums of Historic Palmyra. All schools get on the Ticket to Ride by calling (315) 597-6981.
We offer our services to the Pal-Mac High School classes to learn about how museums work and what there is to do. We participate with the school and the community on a constant basis, offering programs and mentoring as well as historic experiences that bring all that come closer to their roots. The real-life experiences are truly the way to teach and coexist nicely with books.
Do you have a question about why Gen. John Swift died and who he was and why was this place called Tolland? You can ask a question, find an original record and speak to a real person that can share and answer all of these questions.
Come and take a trip around the museum. Call (315) 597-6981.