A flotilla of ships is heading toward Wayne County, and Wayne County Historical Society will serve as hosts.
The flotilla features Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge, accompanied by the W.O. Decker, a 1930 steam tugboat; the Lois McClure, a replica of a 1862 canal schooner; and the C.L. Churchill, a 1964 tugboat.
GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal bicentennial. The stops in Wayne County were added to the four-month summer tour that started in May when the boats left Brooklyn, headed up the Hudson. At Waterford, they enter the Erie Canal and travel west.
Wayne County Historical Society will host a private dinner party for the crew of all three boats at Maitre D’ at Trombino’s on July 17.
“We are so excited to be able host the flotilla, and will be offering a short talk on commerce and the Erie Canal, including history on the three businesses that moved to Wayne County in order to conduct their business through the canal: Clyde Glass, Lyons Pottery and the Hotchkiss Essential Oil industry,” said Larry Ann Evans, executive director of the Museum of Wayne County History.
All three boats will offer tours on July 18. The GlassBarge will offer free glass-blowing demonstrations. Visit bit.ly/2pAz396 for ticket reservations.
Wayne County Historical Society will explore the history of the canal at the Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut St., Lyons, which has dedicated exhibitions on Clyde Glass, Lyons Pottery and the Hotchkiss Essential Oil history.
The flotilla will stop at Aqueduct Park, Lock 29, Palmyra-Macedon on Aug. 28 on its return journey.
Call (315) 946-4943 or visit waynehistory.org for information.