The Cazenovia Public Library will host a presentation titled “Tales from the Dry Docks: Mules, Boats & Blacksmiths” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Community Room.
Mike Allen, resident blacksmith, and interpreter at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, will share fascinating stories about Chittenango Landing, the Erie Canal and the people and animals that made it work.
The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is located within the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. The dry dock at Chittenango Landing was built in 1855. There, craftsmen constructed and repaired the 96-foot long cargo boats that transported grain, lumber, coal and produce from western to eastern markets. The museum explores the construction of these canal boats and the workings of the restored dry docks, as well as some of the social history of the canal era.
All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-655-9322 or visit www.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org