Interpretation

August 8, 2018
Whipple Bridge

History as Our Intrinsic Quality

As a visiting expert in scenic conservation, Brad Cownover described our Byway was, “the short byway with a long history.” Actually there are many levels of […]
July 23, 2018
Dan Bradt working on an archaeologic dig in Schenectady's Stockade. Gazette Photo by Peter Barber.

Archaeology as an Intrinsic Quality

Archaeology is “the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.”  Within the Byway […]
June 10, 2018
Ed Tremblay, Master of Ceremonies

What’s Your Story?

How do you tell a compelling story?  That’s the question of thirty-six people who gathered June 6 at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction. […]
April 7, 2018
Cohoes Falls Geology

Natural Intrinsic Quality

To consider the natural intrinsic qualities of the the Mohawk Towpath Byway corridor you really have to take a geologic perspective. “Glacial ice and meltwater played […]
October 7, 2017
Paul Olund answers questions about the Byway.

Telling the Story

The Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Byway were on hand at the packet pick up at the Mohawk Hudson Marathon.  This is a most effective way […]
May 21, 2017
Cell Phone Tour Sign

When you see this sign…

While visiting one of the historic sites or businesses along the Mohawk Towpath Byway what do you do when you see this sign?  Your opinion means […]
February 22, 2017

Mules

Mules were a popular draft animal on the Erie Canal.  An offspring of a male donkey and a female horse are generally less stubborn and more […]
July 29, 2016
New Perspectives

New Perspectives

It is refreshing to see the story of the Mohawk Towpath Byway with a new perspective.  It’s like a visit or tour of the Byway on […]
July 21, 2016
The aqueduct of the enlarged Erie Canal (1842 - 1917) with Rexford in the background.

Aqueduct

The Erie Canal opened in 1825 with great fanfare and celebrations.  It was a 325 mile artificial river connecting the Hudson River with Lake Erie.  This […]
June 14, 2016
Cohoes Lock 18

Early Cohoes

Before the 1800s Cohoes was a farming community along the fertile lowlands where the fingers of the Mohawk River joined the Hudson.  The Erie Canal was built […]
May 28, 2016
Erie Canal. Rexford and Knowltons Historic Marker

Clinton’s Big Ditch and the Rexfords and Knowltons

How much do you know about the Erie Canal? Did you realize that it went right through Rexford and Clifton Park along the Mohawk River? When […]
May 17, 2016
Tourist Oriented Directional Signs

Tourism Oriented Directional Signs

Brand new on the Byway are experimental signs known to traffic engineers as tourism oriented directional (TOD) signs. This set of signs located near the intersection […]