Near Canajoharie in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Canalway Trail: Canajoharie/ To Market, to Market
The Canalway Trail: Canajoharie
Welcome to the Canalway Trail System, offering hundreds of miles of scenic trails and numerous parks for walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and other recreational activities. The Canalway Trail parallels the New York State Canal System, comprised of four historic waterways: the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. The Canal System spans 524 miles across New York State, linking the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, the Niagara River, and Lake Erie.
To Market, to Market
The Erie Canal tapped the agricultural potential of interior New York. it encouraged settlers to move inland and establish farms and orchards. At harvest time, canal boats carried tons of produce to market and to processing plants in many canal towns.
Canajoharie serves as an excellent example. English immigrant James Arkell built a factory here to manufacture flour sacks for grain grown in local fields. Nearby, the Beech-Nut Packing Company became a major employer in the region, purchasing and processing hogs from local farmers.
Masters at the Canajoharie Labrary The Canajoharie Library and Gallery and the Arkell Foundation house the collection of James Arkell, the founder of Beechnut Foods and an avid art collector throughout his lifetime.
The collection numbers almost 400 paintings and is a virtual Who's Who of 19th and early 20th century American art. Besides 23 Winslow Homer paintings, the collection owns examples by Eakins, Sargent, Chase, Inness, Stuart, Hassam, Prendergast, SLoan, Hopper, and many other important American artists.
Erected by New York State Canals.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal series list.
Location. 42° 54.304′ N, 74° 35.125′ W. Marker is near Canajoharie, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Fort Plain Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canajoharie NY 13317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shaper Quarry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chester B. Hoke (approx. half a mile away); Fort Frey (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Frey (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sullivan-Clinton Campaign (approx. 0.6 miles away); Canajoharie Academy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Routes of the Armies (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Failing (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canajoharie.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on July 31, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.