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.

The Depot serviced Spencerport as a stop on the Rochester Lockport Buffalo interurban trolley line from 1908 to 1931. In the 1940'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.

A fun post from my friends at the the History House (I think that's their name!)Love, Spencer Bear
07/03/2019

A fun post from my friends at the the History House (I think that's their name!)

Love, Spencer Bear

Did you know the Daylily is Ogden & Spencerport's official flower? With the upcoming dedication of Ogden's 1st historical daylily display garden I would like to celebrate by sharing our town / village spirit and posting pictures of your daylilies here as they bloom this summer!

It was a busy week on the #eriecanal in #spencerportny last week.  One evening the docks were filled with @MidLakesNav b...
07/01/2019

It was a busy week on the #eriecanal in #spencerportny last week. One evening the docks were filled with @MidLakesNav boats!

We also got the see the newly named Elizabeth Caty Stanton NYS Canal Corporation tender hard at work!

#spencerportlife #eriecanalway #canallife

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo
07/01/2019

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo
07/01/2019

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo

07/01/2019
Simon has been telling me about some letters he is reading written by a #Spencerport man named Don Davison to and from p...
06/26/2019

Simon has been telling me about some letters he is reading written by a #Spencerport man named Don Davison to and from people named Ford, Kennedy and Kissinger.

I am one confused little bear! Maybe I’ll understand it after I read the letter but it’ll take me all night :(

For our visitors from near and far, some important information about getting to the Village during the bridge reconstruc...
06/25/2019

For our visitors from near and far, some important information about getting to the Village during the bridge reconstruction!

The Union Street (Rt 259) lift bridge over the Erie Canal in Spencerport will close July 9th, 2019, for a near-complete rebuild. The bridge will not reopen until fall, 2020.
Here's what you need to know:

The NYSDOT posted detour is below, left, in yellow. The closed Union St bridge is highlighted in red. Vehicles will be rerouted using NYS Route 104 (West Ridge Road), NYS Route 261 (Manitou Road) and NYS Route 31. The Union St bridge sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists during construction. Pedestrian traffic can utilize the adjacent Martha Street Crossing. Pedestrian access to the Erie Canal Trailway will be maintained throughout construction.
LOCAL VEHICLE TRAFFIC can use the Martha St bridge, Trimmer Rd bridge, and Gillett Rd bridges, highlighted in yellow, below right. The closed Union St (Rt 259) bridge is highlighted in red.

Have you been in to check out our new #eriecanal lift bridge display yet? We seem to be getting a lot more #Museum visit...
06/19/2019

Have you been in to check out our new #eriecanal lift bridge display yet?

We seem to be getting a lot more #Museum visitors now that the warm sun is out. We had a large number of visitors and boats on Sunday for #fathersday.

We also had another #animal visitor recently!

We had a special visitor today who decided to spend some time in our garden! #eriecanal #wildlife #spencerportlife #spen...
06/04/2019

We had a special visitor today who decided to spend some time in our garden!

#eriecanal #wildlife #spencerportlife #spencerport

Have you heard about the #CanalwayChallenge?  We have received copies of the guidebook for you to take a look at.  More ...
05/21/2019

Have you heard about the #CanalwayChallenge? We have received copies of the guidebook for you to take a look at. More info can be found here: https://eriecanalway.org/explore/challenge

#eriecanal @ErieCanalway @PTNY

Do you need your fix of lilacs for the season?  The lilac bush outside the Museum is looking stunning.
05/20/2019

Do you need your fix of lilacs for the season? The lilac bush outside the Museum is looking stunning.

Today's Erie Canal Fact!
05/15/2019

Today's Erie Canal Fact!

#onthisday in 1918, the New York State Barge Canal was opened to through traffic (May 15, 1918); and in 1915, the Waterford Flight of Locks was opened, allowing boats to bypass Cohoes Falls and navigate between the Hudson and Mohawk rivers (May 15, 1915).

Photo: Waterford Flight of Locks opening, May 1915.

The Tug #DewittClinton is preparing to head off to place buoys in the #ErieCanal in preparation for its opening on Frida...
05/13/2019

The Tug #DewittClinton is preparing to head off to place buoys in the #ErieCanal in preparation for its opening on Friday!

Have you walked by the Canal recently?  It is a beautiful sight when the sun is shining and the Canal is full!
05/08/2019

Have you walked by the Canal recently? It is a beautiful sight when the sun is shining and the Canal is full!

Apparently the Erie Canal was a mother to some cities.  I am going to have to ask Simon to explain it to me.  I am a ver...
05/06/2019

Apparently the Erie Canal was a mother to some cities. I am going to have to ask Simon to explain it to me. I am a very confused bear! Love, Spencer Bear

The Erie Canal was dubbed "The Mother of Cities" for giving rise to so many communities and towns along its shores. Today, 80% of upstate New York residents still live within 25 miles of the canal.

The Canal seems to be filling just as we prepare for our official opening tomorrow.  I just put these signs on the front...
04/30/2019

The Canal seems to be filling just as we prepare for our official opening tomorrow.

I just put these signs on the front door to advertise our May hours.

04/25/2019
Town of Ogden Police Department

Town of Ogden Police Department

UPDATE from NYSDOT Rochester:

⚠️ Travel Advisory ⚠️ - Martha St. Canal Bridge in Spencerport now OPEN to traffic following winter repairs. Note: new temporary signal 🚦 is in place at Canal St. intersection to facilitate one-way traffic.

Spencer is very excited about this news!
04/19/2019

Spencer is very excited about this news!

Canal rewatering begins today! The gates are opening and water levels will start to rise today and over the coming week. The canal is set to open May 17! Photo: Guard gate in Albion on the Erie Canal Learn about structures used to operate the canal at https://eriecanalway.org/explore/locks

Today’s fun #eriecanal fact!
04/18/2019

Today’s fun #eriecanal fact!

#TBT A perfect fit! The Erie Canal had three distinct eras: The Original Erie Canal (Clinton's Ditch) was 40 feet wide; the Enlarged Erie Canal was 70 feet wide; and the Barge Canal (today's canal) is 120-200 feet wide with 310-foot long locks. The canal boats were made to measure! Photo: Tug Geo Lattimer and barge in Lock E17 in Little Falls, 1921

Spencer has informed me that he is going to wait at the door to keep an eye the weather outside until #Spring appears be...
04/15/2019

Spencer has informed me that he is going to wait at the door to keep an eye the weather outside until #Spring appears before he heads outside. He is also waiting for the #eriecanal to fill up!

I don’t have the heart to tell him he might be waiting a while!

Inside the Museum
04/09/2019

Inside the Museum

Another Erie Canal fun fact brought to you by our friends at Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor!
04/09/2019

Another Erie Canal fun fact brought to you by our friends at Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor!

In 1862, an estimated 3,000,000 tons of cargo were carried along the Erie Canal.
The Civil War increased demand of the canal and this was the first (but not last) year that tonnage exceeded the three million mark. Raw materials moved east along the canal to factories in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley, then final products were shipped down the Hudson and by train into the war theater.

It’s a great day here in #spencerport!  The sun is shining, our sign is looking good as new after a fresh lick of paint ...
04/08/2019

It’s a great day here in #spencerport! The sun is shining, our sign is looking good as new after a fresh lick of paint oue #littlefreelibrary has received some books and Spencer is dreaming of the day the #eriecanal is filled and he gets to meet new people! @ Spencerport, New York

I had to attend an appointment yesterday in #buffalony.  Spencer is sad that I forgot to take him with me.  Whilst in Bu...
04/05/2019

I had to attend an appointment yesterday in #buffalony. Spencer is sad that I forgot to take him with me. Whilst in Buffalo, I took the opportunity to look around at #canalsidebuffalo, to find out about the history of the junction between Lake Erie and the #eriecanal! They are doing some great work trying to revitalize the area. @ Buffalo, New York

I was sad last year when Simon covered up our #littlefreelibrary for Winter.  You imagine how happy I was today when Sim...
03/29/2019

I was sad last year when Simon covered up our #littlefreelibrary for Winter. You imagine how happy I was today when Simon uncovered it and filled it with #books. If you come across any books when you do your #springcleaning , please come and share them by putting them in in our #littlelibrary #spencerport

03/29/2019
Eric

A reminder about how beautiful it is in #Spencerport, Someplace Special!

#ErieCanal #spencerportlife

Spencerport on the Canal at Dawn.

In case you haven't heard yet, our Lift Bridge, along with the one in Fairport, is being repaired over the next 2 years....
03/29/2019
NYS Canal Corporation

In case you haven't heard yet, our Lift Bridge, along with the one in Fairport, is being repaired over the next 2 years. We are grateful that our boating visitors will not be affected but those who come by car may have to detour to visit us.

We are excited to be re-opening for our 2019 season in just over a month on May 1st!

The New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors has approved $9.4 million to help fund an overhaul of two lift bridges (both built in 1914) over the Erie Canal in the villages of Fairport and Spencerport in Monroe County.

Boat traffic on the canal will not be affected by the closures and access to businesses and sidewalks will be maintained throughout the project.

http://www.canals.ny.gov/news/pressrel/2019/Canal_Board_Approves_Funding_for_Lift_Bridge_Repairs%20in_Monroe_County.html

We love our local school district and this is another reason why!
03/28/2019

We love our local school district and this is another reason why!

We're proud to announce that SpencerportCSD has been named a 2019 Top Workplace by
@DemocratandChronicle A big thank you to all of our Ranger staff, who helped to make this happen! #TopWorkplaces https://topworkplaces.com/ #RangerPride

Profile Pics
03/25/2019

Profile Pics

Spencer's Adventures
03/25/2019

Spencer's Adventures

Cover Photos
03/25/2019

Cover Photos

Spencer is enjoying being up close and personal listening to #classic #records on our 1922 #recordplayer!  It is feature...
03/22/2019

Spencer is enjoying being up close and personal listening to #classic #records on our 1922 #recordplayer! It is featured as part of our #Communication focus at the #Museum in 2019!

Your fun fact for today!
03/20/2019

Your fun fact for today!

On this day in 1817, a full bill is introduced in the NYS Assembly to authorize construction of the Erie and Champlain Canals.

Great to see our local businesses being recognized out in the community!  Rich is a great supporter of the Spencerport c...
03/15/2019
Nick's Picks: Texas Bar-B-Q Joint

Great to see our local businesses being recognized out in the community! Rich is a great supporter of the Spencerport community.

Nick's Picks: Texas Bar-B-Q Joint By Nicholas Abreu Photo by Nicholas Abreu I smelled like smoke for hours after eating at Texas Bar-B-Q Joint. And it was worth it. Owner-operator Richard Mogab brings old-school, Texas-style barbecue to diners at his flagship restaurant in Spencerport, a second loca...

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum
03/11/2019

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo
03/11/2019

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo
01/23/2019

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo
01/23/2019

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum's cover photo

10/18/2018

A reminder that we are looking for people to come up to the Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum today at 10am to participate in a video promotion recreation on or by the #eriecanal. Filming will take 1 hour and we are looking for people to walk, run or cycle. #spencerport #cycling

Moose came to visit us one day with his family!  He is a 5 year old Golden Retriever who lives in #Spencerport.  He regu...
10/03/2018

Moose came to visit us one day with his family! He is a 5 year old Golden Retriever who lives in #Spencerport. He regularly takes walks by the Canal.

Congratulations for making it on to our list of Dogs on the Erie Canal!

#dogs #pets #spencerportlife

As per normal, we will be changing our opening hours for October.Opening Hours will be Wed to Sat, 10am to 3pm, excludin...
09/26/2018

As per normal, we will be changing our opening hours for October.

Opening Hours will be Wed to Sat, 10am to 3pm, excluding Wed 24th and Wed 31st.

Our last day for 2018 is Sat October 27th which is Ogden Rec's Trick or Treat. We will be handing out maps.

After that we will be working on our new Communications displays for the 2019 season!

Address

16 East Ave
Spencerport, NY
14559

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:30
Friday 09:30 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(585) 352-0942

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