As we look forward to Spring, change is in the air. 2013 was a very rewarding year full of wonderful experiences that affirm for me there’s nothing I’d rather be doing, than seeing our community come to life by connecting to its past.
This is a new beginning, another chapter in how this blog got started in 2009. It all began with an archaeological dig, a walk in the park, and a dear friend who said, “You should start a blog.” “A blog,” I said. “I’m not sure I know what that is…but I’ll check into it.” Here I am almost five years later with yet another chapter in this blog’s history.
As the Montezuma Historical Society launches its new website, I’m transitioning the Montezuma Heritage Park Blog here in an effort to consolidate information, and make it easy for our readers to navigate in a one-stop site for all of the information we have to offer on the Internet. Read More
Online registration opens April 1st for the 2nd Annual Montezuma Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, October 11, 2014. This fun-family community event was created to further develop the Montezuma Heritage Park. Whether joining the race to run, for a leisurely nature walk or just cheering participants on, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s event.
Near the Seneca River bridge in Montezuma is a historic marker indicating that the Aboriginals named the river area, Squagonna, “Paradise of Mosquitoes.” This was one of the most difficult crossings to make when building the Erie Canal. Yet one of the reasons it was known as a paradise was not only for the mosquitoes, but for its rich, abundant wildlife that both the Indians and white settlers were attracted to. Their very survival once depended on listening to and feeling their connection with nature. One of the most beautiful natural nature settings in Montezuma Heritage Park looks out over a swamp near the original Erie and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Plans are being made to make a bird-watching outlook deck near the site of the former Meil’s Drydock.