In December 2015, the Society acquired the historic Depuy Canal House in High Falls (the former location of John Novi’s renowned restaurant) with financial assistance from the Open Space Institute of New York City (OSI), and the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation (OPRHP). This massive stone structure was built in 1797, and an addition was added circa 1830. It housed a tavern when the D&H Canal began operations in 1825, and it today remains a remarkably intact example of 18th century commercial architecture. Its historical significance is enhanced by its long association with the D&H Canal, which owned the building between 1850 and 1898, and housed its offices there.
Our initial goal is to complete needed preservation and renovation work on the roof, electrical, and heating and cooling systems prior to moving the Canal Museum into this historical space. We hope to see our future visitors transported back in time as they wander among these walls that talk. The new museum will include interactive experiences and an expanded focus on the local industries and communities that developed along the canal’s route. Located in the heart of the High Falls historic district, we envision the Canal House serving as a focal point for visitors to the area, as well as for members of the community.
Implementing these exciting changes will require substantial new financial resources. Won't you consider helping us meet our goal to fund the first round of renovation work?