Before the days of electrical refrigeration much of the perishable foods that sustained the northeastern United States came from the vast ice harvesting industry on the Finger Lakes. Learn how ice was harvested and delivered to customers throughout the region and beyond in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.
It is a very rare occurrence for the Finger Lakes’ two biggest bodies of water, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, to completely freeze over in the winter. It has, in fact, only happened a handful of times. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will tell you when it happened and what that meant for local residents throughout history.
While the Erie Canal was the most important canal in Upstate New York, the history behind other canals that ran through the Finger Lakes and their relationship to the Erie is fascinating. In this episode Seneca County Historian Walter Gable discusses the histories of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Chemung Canal, and the Crooked Lake Canal.
Canals played a very important part in the rapid and huge economic development of the Finger Lakes in the decades before the Civil War. The Erie Canal was clearly the most important of the canals in New York State. In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes the history of the inception, construction and expansion of the great canal that spanned from the Hudson River to the Great Lakes.