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Waterford in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Waterford

A community built around water

 
 
Waterford Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
1. Waterford Marker
Inscription.

Welcome to Waterford, Eastern Gateway to the New York State Canal System.

Dutch fur traders settled here in the 1630s, where Mohican families once forded the Mohawk River below the Cohoes Falls. By the late 1700s, sea captains brought their sloops up the Hudson River to trade at this flourishing port. The completion of the Champlain Canal in 1823 linked Waterford merchants with Lake Champlain and Canadian commerce. By 1825 canal boats were able to travel westward along the Erie Canal, the Great Lakes and the interior of America.

The historic village center, only a few blocks from the Waterfront, reflected the wealth that river and canal trade brought to this area. Many local industries were canal-related, such as boat-building and barrel-making, but local workers also produced shirts, collars, long underwear, stoves and Button Fire Engines.
 
Erected by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
 
Location. 42° 47.251′ N, 73° 40.774′ W. Marker is in Waterford, New York, in Saratoga County. Touch for map. Marker is along the waterfront, adjacent to the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford NY 12188, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Canal System Marker as part of Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
2. Canal System Marker as part of Kiosk
walking distance of this marker. Button Park (a few steps from this marker); The Waterways that Shaped a Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Breastworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Water Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Urban Refuge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Native American & 17th-century History of Peebles Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peebles Island in the 18th-20th Centuries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flight of Five Locks (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Waterford Harbor Visitor Center. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels
 
Gateway of History Marker as part of Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
3. Gateway of History Marker as part of Kiosk
Waterford Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
4. Waterford Marker Kiosk
Looking NW toward Erie Canal Lock 2E
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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