About 55 people attending the 2017 World Canals Conference in Syracuse arrived, appropriately, by boat Wednesday to visit the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the former Seneca Knitting Mills.
They traveled up the Cayuga-Seneca Canal from the west through the canal locks and docked on the south side of the canal, close to the historic limestone knitting mill building.
They were given a tour of the building, which housed one of the last remaining mills on the canal. The mill was built in 1844 and operated until it closed in 1999.
Inside, Hall of Fame officials set up old photos of mostly women who worked in the mill in the early part of the 1900s. After touring the four floors, the group boarded a bus to go to another historic canal site to the east.