The Erie Canal, DVD, Worldwide Travel Films
GÇ£The Erie Canal\ .. a ditch that opened the nation!
Thomas Jefferson called plans to build it GÇ£little short of madnessGÇ¥. James Madison said it was GÇ£impractical at bestGÇ¥.
GÇ£ItGÇ¥ is the Erie Canal in New York State, an engineering marvel in 1825, an economic juggernaut throughout the 19th century and an increasingly popular recreational delight today.
In this all new digital video production, filmmakers Fran and Brooke Reidelberger travel the canal system from Albany to Buffalo, sailing in the wake of history, enjoying the tranquil beauty, attending the festivals, visiting the old canal towns, and wondering what our country would be like if the canal had never been built.
Aboard GÇ£ChicaneGÇ¥, a 65 foot power boat, you will experience the canal and:
- Take a whirlwind tour of Albany, New York stateGÇÖs bustling capital city.
- Visit GÇ£Uncle SamGÇÖsGÇ¥ grave and our nationGÇÖs first school of engineering in Troy.
- GÇ£ClimbGÇ¥ the Waterford Five, the worldGÇÖs highest series of high lift locks. The lift is 169 feet.
- Explore the Herkimer GÇ£diamond mineGÇ¥ and find your own 500 million-year-old crystals with a diamond-like shape and sparkle.
- Sample real beer and root beer at F.X. Matt Brewery, New YorkGÇÖs oldest, in Utica.
- Watch and listen as school children read about American Revolutionary War history at Ft. Stanwix in Rome.
- Tour Rome where digging of the canal began in 1817 and visit the grave of Francis Bellamy, the man who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
- Travel the waterway aboard a mule-drawn packet boat at the Erie Canal Village near Rome.
- Attend the Oz Fest and meet the Munchkins in Chittenango, home of L. Frank Baum, the man who wrote the GÇ£Wizard of OzGÇ¥ stories.
- Enjoy a weekend of summer fun at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake, part of todayGÇÿs Erie Canal.
- Learn how the canal helped make Syracuse one of the worldGÇÖs premier salt producing centers.
- Take a dinner cruise and meet a GÇ£star-in-the-makingGÇ¥ at Baldwinsville.
Traveling aboard GÇ£CayugaGÇ¥, a traditional canal boat, you will:
- Enjoy incredible wild life in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.
- Visit the canal town of Palmyra, home to the largest collection of hand-woven coverlets in the U.S. and birthplace of the Mormon Religion.
- Watch the worldGÇÖs most unusual bridge in operation in Fairport. ItGÇÿs listed in GÇ£RipleyGÇÿs Believe It Or NotGÇ¥ 16 times!
- Tour Rochester, home to Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb and a host of educational and cultural attractions, including Eastman House and the Strong Museum.
- See the church that George Pullman (of Pullman railroad car fame) built in honor of his parents in Albion.
- Watch and listen as canal artist Arthur Barnes interprets canal life onto canvas in Medina.
- Visit Lockport, site of the most difficult engineering and construction job on the Erie Canal. Lockport is also the birthplace of volleyball and the fire hydrant.
- Experience Buffalo to learn about the cityGÇÖs personal connection with four U.S. presidents and the story behind GÇ£Buffalo WingsGÇ¥.
- Admire the spirit and laugh with the wild and wacky GÇ£boat buildersGÇ¥ who race for glory in the annual Tonawanda Canal Fest.
- Along the way see an GÇ£upside downGÇ¥ bridge, a sloping lift bridge, a floating dam, and more!
Filmed and produced by Fran and Brooke Reidelberger
Scripted and narrated by Fran Reidelberger