Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum The Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum houses many historical items from the Erie Canal, Ogden Telephone Company, Village of Spencerport and Town of Ogden. We are open to the public from May to October. Group Education Programs are available year round.
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The Museum building was originally the Spencerport Trolley Depot which serviced Spencerport as a stop on the Rochester, Lockport and Buffalo interurban trolley line from 1908 to 1931. In the 1930's it was moved to Amity St. and turned into a house. In 2002, Maxine Davison bought and donated the building to the Village of Spencerport so that it could be "used for the good of the community" On May 23, 2005 the building was moved to its current location and restored. Thanks to many hours of volunteer work Spencerport now has this lovely museum showcasing artifacts and the history of the village. It also serves as a visitor center with shower facilities and restrooms for boaters who are able to dock outside.

Where in Ogden did Spencer visit this time?#spencerportny #spencerthemuseumbear #adventures
06/05/2020

Where in Ogden did Spencer visit this time?

#spencerportny #spencerthemuseumbear #adventures

A recent update on the Erie Canal re-opening!The Canal Corporation is aiming for a July 4th completion date.http://www.c...
05/22/2020
Notices and Alerts - New York State Canals

A recent update on the Erie Canal re-opening!

The Canal Corporation is aiming for a July 4th completion date.

http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/tas/notices/ntm.aspx?id=1470

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced an updated opening schedule for the 524-mile Canal system based on maintenance and construction projects resuming in the Capital, Mohawk Valley, Central NY, Finger Lakes, and Western NY regions under the “NY Forward Reopening” plan.

It’s great to see the Erie Canal is almost full!#eriecanal #rochesterny #spencerportny #summeriscoming
05/19/2020

It’s great to see the Erie Canal is almost full!

#eriecanal #rochesterny #spencerportny #summeriscoming

05/15/2020

A bridge update for you... apologies for the sound quality, as you can tell from the it’s a bit windy at the moment!

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/15/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#onthisday in 1918, New York State celebrated the opening of the Barge Canal to through traffic.

The New York State Barge Canal, which includes the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals, was designated a National Historic Landmark. The designation honors its role in shaping the American economy and settlement, as an embodiment of the Progressive Era emphasis on public works, and as a nationally significant work of early 20th century engineering and construction. eriecanalway.org/resources/NHL

National Historic Landmarks Program NYS Canal Corporation

Photo: Waterford, 1915

Erie Canalway Trail
05/07/2020

Erie Canalway Trail

#TBT to when the Broad Street Bridge in #RochesterNY carried the #ErieCanal over the Genesee River. After the canal was routed south of Rochester as part of the 1905-18 replacement of the Erie Canal with the Barge Canal, the aqueduct was repurposed to carry the #RochesterSubway and now carries Broad Street.

Rochester’s 2018 #ROCtheRiverway plan imagines changing the aqueduct once again to be a place for public gathering and community events. Read more about that plan here: www.cityofrochester.gov/roctheriverway/ and check out this beautiful bridge by heading north on the Genesee Riverway Trail next time you pass through Rochester!

In last month’s photos, Spencer visited the Clyde W. Carter Gazebo and State Farm Insurance Agency in Spencerport.The ga...
05/07/2020

In last month’s photos, Spencer visited the Clyde W. Carter Gazebo and State Farm Insurance Agency in Spencerport.

The gazebo was named in memory of Clyde W. Carter who lived in Spencerport for 18 years.

He was involved in the community and served the Village of Spencerport for 12 years including holding the position of Deputy Mayor and later Mayor.

He was serving as Village Mayor when he passed away in September 1994.

Spencer also visited State Farm to see his friend Dominic Agostini and to make new bear friends.

Thanks to everyone for keeping our #littlefreelibrary full the past few weeks!#community #spencerportny #teamwork #readi...
04/29/2020

Thanks to everyone for keeping our #littlefreelibrary full the past few weeks!
#community #spencerportny #teamwork #reading

Here is your second dose of Where’s Spencer for today!Where did Spencer visit this time?
04/10/2020

Here is your second dose of Where’s Spencer for today!

Where did Spencer visit this time?

What day is it today????  You are getting a double dose of Where’s Spencer photos today because we lost track of time.He...
04/10/2020

What day is it today???? You are getting a double dose of Where’s Spencer photos today because we lost track of time.

Here are some photos from Spencer’s adventures earlier this year because Spencer has been self-isolating in the Museum.

Where did Spencer visit in this photo?

Spencer's Adventures
04/10/2020

Spencer's Adventures

04/01/2020
Spencerport Neighbors - Best Version Media

Know something good happening in our community?

Tell our friends at Spencerport Neighbors, so they can help share the story!

Recommendations wanted!!!!!!!
April's edition will be hitting mailboxes soon, and as we prepare for May's edition we would like to help share the good vibes and stories of our community, as we move through this pandemic together. If you know individuals or businesses in our town that are making a positive impact through this crazy time, please reach out! Pictures are great too!!! Share below, private message or email [email protected]
Spencerport is someplace special!!!!
#sharethelove #shoplocal #community

In March, Spencer visited Afrikamba Curios and Splatters Pottery Studio.Splatters is housed in the former original Mathe...
03/23/2020

In March, Spencer visited Afrikamba Curios and Splatters Pottery Studio.

Splatters is housed in the former original Matheos Icecream Factory which was constructed in 1926.

Afrikamba Curios is located in a building located on the former Upton Block. This block was the location for the Lincoln House, several car dealerships and was where Matheos parked their fleet of icecream trucks.

Where else did Spencer visit in March?What craftiness is he up to?Submit your answers by 4pm, March 22nd!
03/11/2020

Where else did Spencer visit in March?

What craftiness is he up to?

Submit your answers by 4pm, March 22nd!

Where has Spencer visited in March?  Has he traveled to Africa recently?Submit your answers by March 22nd!
03/01/2020

Where has Spencer visited in March? Has he traveled to Africa recently?

Submit your answers by March 22nd!

In February, Spencer visited the Spencerport Municipal Electric substation and Spencerport Bowl.The substation is the fo...
02/27/2020

In February, Spencer visited the Spencerport Municipal Electric substation and Spencerport Bowl.

The substation is the former location of Spencerport’s trolley station on the Rochester Lockport and Buffalo Railroad. Today the building is the second level of our Museum.

Spencerport Bowl was built in 1962 by Nicholas Tantalo and has operated as a bowling alley ever since. Mike Progno, Nicholas’ grandson operates the bowling alley now - it is the longest family-owned business in operation in Spencerport.

Where did Spencer visit in his new winter outfit?
02/17/2020

Where did Spencer visit in his new winter outfit?

Do you recognize where Spencer is in this photo?Post your answers by February 22nd!
02/06/2020

Do you recognize where Spencer is in this photo?

Post your answers by February 22nd!

Last month, Spencer visited McColley’s and the Town of Ogden Clerk’s Office.McColley’s resides in the former location of...
01/22/2020

Last month, Spencer visited McColley’s and the Town of Ogden Clerk’s Office.

McColley’s resides in the former location of the Matheos Icecream Factory which operated during the 1930s and 40s.

The Town Hall sits in what was Ogden Center, the location where the Town started to grow in size and population starting in 1802.

Spencer decided to stay out of the wind in January!Where is he visiting in this photo?
01/10/2020

Spencer decided to stay out of the wind in January!

Where is he visiting in this photo?

Spencer decided to stay indoors lately!  Where did he visit this time?
01/02/2020

Spencer decided to stay indoors lately!

Where did he visit this time?

Spencer visited the Fairfield Cemetery and the Spencerport United Methodist Church in December.The present day Spencerpo...
12/22/2019

Spencer visited the Fairfield Cemetery and the Spencerport United Methodist Church in December.

The present day Spencerport United Methodist Church building was constructed in 1870-1871. The church was originally named the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Spencerport, and was established by combining several nearby 'units' and by building a small church here in 1838.

The Fairfield Cemetery is named as such because Fairfield was the name for this area prior to the Town of Ogden's incorporation in 1817.

Here is the 2nd ‘Where’s Spencer’ photo for December!Where did he visit this time?
12/11/2019

Here is the 2nd ‘Where’s Spencer’ photo for December!

Where did he visit this time?

We are set up ready for #Christmas on the Canal!  The Christmas music is playing and the heat is on.Come in and make a T...
12/08/2019

We are set up ready for #Christmas on the Canal! The Christmas music is playing and the heat is on.

Come in and make a Thank you card for the troops and do some Christmas craft!

#spencerportny #christmasspirit

Where's Spencer this time?Post your comment before the 22nd of December!We will be announcing a winner soon!
12/02/2019

Where's Spencer this time?

Post your comment before the 22nd of December!

We will be announcing a winner soon!

11/25/2019

Happy Monday, for all you #ErieCanal fans, here is your Canal update!

#spencerportny Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor NYS Canal Corporation

This month Spencer visited Texas BBQ Joint and was near the Boetcher Lodge at Pineway Ponds Park!The Texas BBQ Joint bui...
11/22/2019

This month Spencer visited Texas BBQ Joint and was near the Boetcher Lodge at Pineway Ponds Park!

The Texas BBQ Joint building is a great example of 19th century architecture and has been home to several food establishments including Diehl’s Bar and Grill and Bruckner’s Bar and Grill.

The Boetcher Lodge in Pineway Ponds Park was named after former Town of Ogden Director of Recreation, Glen Boetcher. He was instrumental in transforming mostly vacant land into the Pineway Ponds Park.

#wheresspencer
#ogdenhistory #spencerportny Ogden Parks and Recreation
Texas Bar-B-Q Joint

Spencer is a very happy bear!  His prediction about the canal draining were true.  He also likes to see his duck friends...
11/18/2019

Spencer is a very happy bear! His prediction about the canal draining were true. He also likes to see his duck friends!

#eriecanal #spencerportny #ducks

11/18/2019
Spencer would like to report that the Canal has definitely been drained.  He thinks there maybe be a little more to be d...
11/16/2019

Spencer would like to report that the Canal has definitely been drained. He thinks there maybe be a little more to be drained.

He is keeping an eye on the situation!

11/14/2019

Spencer would like to report that not much water has left the Canal in the last 24 hrs.

He’ll keep you updated!

11/13/2019

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Spencerport, NY
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Located beside the Erie Canal, the Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum is a Local History Museum, Welcome/Visitors Center and Education Hub. The Museum is housed in a former trolley depot from the Rochester, Lockport and Buffalo Railroad. Whilst the Museum has be operating since 2007, the building was a house from 1955 - 2002.

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Simon and I were talking earlier... Me: What are those things over there that those people came and put up? Simon: The volunteers and I have been hanging the photos from our photo contest. Me: Why are there some on that black skyscraper over there? Simon: Those are the winners! Me: How long have I got to look at all of them? Simon: Until the end of June.. Me: Thanks, Simon! Simon: You're welcome, Spencer.
Come and join me at the Museum next Saturday June 9 for our Season Opening Celebration. We are starting at 11am! My friends from the Spencerport Schools will be performing and we will be presenting prizes for our Essay and Photo Contests. I have been reading the essays and there are some smart kids in Spencerport!
NY State Canal Corp. tugboat "DeWitt Clinton", tied up at Spencerport on June 22, 2017.
My 3-year-old son Isaac taking in the canal after a bike ride in Spencerport.