Tonawanda News — “When we do tours of Erie Canal we come in to Tonawanda and we try to incorporate the Riviera Theatre, the Long Homestead and the Herschell Carrousel Museum
Encounter Niagara tours are by appointment only and should be made in groups of 20 to 25 people. Those wishing to do so should visit www.encounterniagara.com, or call Peter at 626-3231.
Also featuring costumed characters are the Marble Orchard Living History Walking Tours in Lewiston. These 90-minute tours are available by appointment and highlight the Underground Railroad, Sacarissa, a Tuscarora Chief who campaigned for peace at the start of the War of 1812, and the Village Cemetery, the oldest public graveyard in Niagara County.
For more information on the Marble Orchard tours, visit www.artcouncil.org.
Head out to Lockport to go cave exploring and learn a little about the history of Erie Canal, industry and geology while you’re at it.
Clancy Burkwit, director of the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride, said this 70-minute tour is a “history lesson made fun.”
The tour begins at Pine Street where visitors are given a street-level view of the Flight of Five, the original five locks where water is raised and lowered to allow the passage of watercraft. It continues with a walk down to the towpath and into the man-made rock cave where a hydraulic race was created to provide power to three manufacturers at street level.
There visitors can see the geological formations created by the damp, cooler temperatures of the cave. The last 20 minutes of the tour includes a boat ride inside the cave.
“One of the things that makes the cave tour unique is that we’re pure history from beginning to end. It’s interesting history ... nobody yawns and nobody gets bored on the thing. We move along at a reasonable pace,” Burkwit said.