It was as if the Erie Canal of the 19th century era had come back to life. Lyons’ residents and visitors anxiously stood watch along the famed waterway’s banks waiting for a glimpse of the five canal boats dubbed Vote Tilla. Their week-long passage began on July 17 in Seneca Falls and ended in Rochester on July 21, stopping in canal communities along the way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the work and cooperation that secured the vote for women.
Vote Tilla also marked the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Erie Canal’s construction in 1817. This multi-faceted event was organized by the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester in partnership with numerous organizations including the National Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.