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The Montezuma Historical Society sponsors several exciting events in the park during the year to maintain and support the Montezuma Heritage Park. Check the calendar for the current dates and other upcoming events.

(APRIL) Canal Clean Sweep

 2020 Event Update

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19 Parks & Trails New York and the Canal Corporation have decided to postpone Canal Clean Sweep scheduled for April 18, 2020. There will not be any public events in Montezuma Heritage Park until the State lifts restrictions on public gatherings of any kind.  Please follow the recommendations for safe distancing in any public park area. here: https://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep

CleanSweepEvery spring local volunteers join NYS Canal Corporation, Parks & Trails New York and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to offer Canal Clean Sweep in recognition of Earth Day. Boy and Girl Scout groups, and individuals have worked hand-in-hand each year to pick up litter and brush, remove debris along the shoreline, and blaze trails enhancing and preserving our tremendous environmental, cultural and historic resources. Check the calendar for this year’s event and details.


(JULY) Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour


Annually cyclists ride across New York State on a 400-mile scenic and historic journey along the amazing Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Montezuma Historical Society enjoys setting up a rest stop for the bikers meeting and greeting people from the states, Canada and abroad. Their tour through Central New York occurs midweek, usually on Wednesday of the 8-day long ride. We supply the bikers with fresh water, information about the historic sites in the Park, and postcards to write home, “I was here!” We even mail the postcards for them.  On July 9, 2017, Parks and Trails, New York reported that more than 650 cyclists departed Buffalo for the 400-mile trek to Albany along the Erie Canalway Trail. This was the 20th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour organized by Parks & Trails New York.  For more information click here.


(AUGUST) Historic Walking Tour


An annual historic walking tour has been held the second weekend of August. This is a wonderful yearly opportunity to join Mike Riley, Canal Historian, for a tour of the Park. Mike has been instrumental in bringing to light the significance of Montezuma’s canal resources. Each year he adds new and interesting stories to spice up and enliven the tour. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Walking Tour will not be held. Check the calendar for next year’s event and details.


(OCTOBER) Aqueduct 5K-Run/Walk

5KStart2Montezuma Historical Society is looking for a volunteer that would be the event coordinator for this event. Until a volunteer can be found the, the 5K yearly event has been postponed. Please contact Cheryl Longyear, Town Historian at 315-776-8844, if you are interested.

The Montezuma Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk was created as an annual fun-family, community event as well as support further development of the Montezuma Heritage Park. Whether joining the race to run, for a leisurely nature walk or just cheering the participants on, there was something offered for everyone to enjoy at this event. It includes a Kids’ Fun Race, games for the kids, food, and entertainment. The race was named for the famous Richmond Aqueduct, which was built in 1849 to carry the Erie Canal waters over the Seneca River, and is the second largest aqueduct on the Enlarged Erie. The event was held on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend.