EARLVILLE – Honoring the role played by the Village of Earlville during the grand opening of the Chenango Canal in the 19th Century, the village’s Quincy Square Museum has been granted a special place on New York’s brand new “Path Through History” initiative.
The “Path Through History,” unveiled last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is a road map tying historically and culturally significant sites throughout New York together in an effort to promote tourism and surge economic development. The Cuomo Administration is allocating $1 million in funding to get the project off the ground. Additionally, a proposal is on the table to install new road signs along major highways and the New York State Thruway to advertise these historical landmarks.
While no official sites were marked in Chenango County in this new initiative, the Chenango Canal had a huge impact on the entire region, explained Rose Wellman, historian for the Quincy Square Museum and local expert on the canal. “It’s so important because it’s what brought things in and out of the area,” she said, citing the economic impact it had throughout the county.