Locks Demonstrations

Visit the Lockport Locks to marvel at our volunteer Lock Tenders as they push on the 1-ton wooden balance beams that open the 5-ton wooden Lock gates. Free demonstrations of the rehabilitated Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks are offered every Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Our all wood, replice Durham vessel, the Erie Traveler, was constructed by the Buffalo Maritime Center, and she navigates proudly between Erie Canal Locks 69 and 70. Listen to our 1900's reenactor, Tommy O'Hara, share his story about life as a Lock Tender on the Flight of Five and some of the challenges facing the Erie Canal at the turn of the century.

Calendar of Demonstrations

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