SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. >> Its timber-frame construction is done, but a great deal more work is needed before the new Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitors Center opens next year.
The building, on Ferry Street in Schuylerville, is expected to be a catalyst for local heritage tourism by directing people to points of interest throughout the area.
Work to date has cost about $750,000 and an almost equal amount is needed to bring the project to completion, Construction Manager Dave Roberts said.
“From here on it’s going to be a fight to get the funds,” he said.
The Visitors Center is a project of the Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership, a coalition of several dozen municipalities in Saratoga, Washington and Rensselaer counties.
Chairman Tom Richardson said he’s confident state funding will be forthcoming to get the building open before the summer 2018 tourist season begins.
The center was built on the site of the former Saratoga Town Hall, adjacent to Fort Hardy Park, the grounds where British General John Burgoyne’s army laid down its weapons following the 1777 Battles of Saratoga 240 years ago this fall.
The building is also next to the Old Champlain Canal, which has unlimited potential for historic interpretation, said Joe Finan, partnership spokesman.
In addition, the Hudson River is just a few yards away.
“This is America’s most historic river,” Finan said. “Man has been having conflicts here, Mohawks and Mohicans had conflicts here, for eons because it’s a boundary.”
The next immediate goal is designing…
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