“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Montezuma in Cayuga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Montezuma Heritage Park

Mural & Historic Markers Dedication


—May 4, 2013 —

Montezuma Heritage Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
1. Montezuma Heritage Park Marker
Inscription. In 1828, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal opened in Montezuma allowing transportation of people and goods into the Finger Lakes and beyond by connecting with the Erie Canal at this site. The Exchange Hotel provided lodging for travelers and was the center of town activities including town elections and board meetings.

Now more than a landmark, it has been transformed again into a place where community has come together to reclaim our heritage and the value it holds not of only our past, but for its future. The piles of trash, falling down shed and trailers were removed to make way for the new historic mural, roadside marker, kiosk, landscaping, and bench as a welcoming site to connect the hamlet to the Montezuma Heritage Park.

The muralist, Dawn Jordan, researched and created the mural based on photographs at this historic site and of Colonel Comfort Tyler who built one of the first boats on the Erie Canal launched in 1820, named "The Montezuma." We are grateful for the lasting works of community art Dawn has created depicting the Erie Canal heritage of Port Byron, Weedsport and Jordan and now here in Montezuma.

It is with deep appreciation that the Town of Montezuma and the Montezuma Historical Society acknowledges the generous funding, support and time of organizations, businesses and volunteers who helped to make this
Montezuma Heritage Park Marker on Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
2. Montezuma Heritage Park Marker on Kiosk
"Opened in 1828" marker to the right. High Street across background.

Cayuga Community Foundation, Cayuga County Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play, William G. Pomeroy Foundation, A-Verdi Containers, Parks & Trails, New York, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Artcraft for Assistance with Logo Design, Image Agent for Assistance with Signs and Markers, And the Dedicated Hours of Volunteer Time from Members of the Montezuma Heritage Park Design Committee.
Erected 2013.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 43° 0.641′ N, 76° 42.228′ W. Marker is in Montezuma, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker can be reached from High Street 0.1 miles north of Erie Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the side of a shelter-style kiosk facing away from the street. Marker is in this post office area: Montezuma NY 13117, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Opened in 1828 (here, next to this marker); A Landmark and Pride in Our Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Erie Canal (about 300 feet away); Montezuma
Montezuma Heritage Park Mural image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
3. Montezuma Heritage Park Mural
(about 500 feet away); Early Aqueduct (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mentz Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Port Byron's Lock 52 (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montezuma.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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