Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ruins at Canalside
Drinking in 19th Century Buffalo
The authentic remnant of Canal District commerce known now as the Ruins at Canalside, was home to a prominent Commercial Slip building that saw multiple uses in the mid-19th Century as the manufactory of distiller Henry T. Gillet.
Gillet’s distillery, later Gillet & Sons, produced high wines and rectified spirits, historic terms for high-alcohol products of the early staged of distillation – as well as brandies, bourbons, old ryes, and gin.
William Watson had a liquor store upstairs, which minimized the cost of hauling to save time and money. Gillet’s wine and spirits were used locally, especially in the hard-drinking Canal District, and for the canal trade. Americans drank a lot in those days, and drinking was common among the people living and working in Buffalo’s Canal District.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 52.642′ N, 78° 52.739′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Lloyd Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Big Picture (a few steps from this marker); Harboring Hopes (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - A Network of Canals (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); William Wells Brown (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.