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Canal Society of New York to host lecture on restoration of Cayuga Seneca Canal’s Lock 4

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The Canal Society of New York State is hosting an illustrated lecture on the recent restoration of Cayuga Seneca Canal’s Lock 4, delivered by Patrick Acee, a seasoned engineer with the New York State Canal Corporation. The event is happening Sunday, April 28, at the Society’s Samuel Center for Canal History in Port Byron. Acee will discuss the extensive geotechnical studies and structural improvements completed in 2023 that were crucial to addressing public safety risks and preserving the lock’s historical structures.


Lock 4, a vital component of the state’s canal system for over a century, recently faced challenges due to sinkholes along its north wall. These issues threatened both the public’s safety and the integrity of the lock’s historic powerhouse and lockhouse. Acee’s lecture provided a detailed examination of the engineering efforts required to maintain and repair this significant infrastructure.

Founded in 1956, the Canal Society of New York State not only engages in educational activities but also manages the Old Erie Canal Heritage Park in Port Byron. This unique interpretive center showcases significant canal history, including an 1853 Erie Canal lock and the 1894 Erie House, drawing visitors from across the United States and over fifty countries in 2023.