photography by r.s.fetridge/berkshire television
The Seneca Museum, with Dick Sherwood's help, has established the Morehouse Boat Registry at our facility
 over-looking the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. We are currently constructing a Morehouse database and request input from the boating community. For  pictures &information on Morehouse boats click here.


Morehouse boats were built on Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls shortly before and after World War II by the Morehouse Boat Company.  The Morehouse Boat Registry has been created at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry with the blessing of the Morehouse family and is attempting to locate, identify and categorize as many Morehouse boats as possible.  For more information, visit the Museum's web page at

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any model Morehouse boat is urged to
provide that information to the Museum click here for email


Photography byCatherine DePasquale 

The pictures are of the Antique and Classic Boat association  luncheon that
the museum had Sat , October 7th. We had David Hannah for a speaker . He
talked about the history of Seneca Falls and the canal history of the area.
About 50 people attended.

Although the weatherman claimed it would be a cold wet over-cast day, Mother Nature didn't listen and instead provided a beautiful sunny fall day for the Chapter's Fall Foliage Cruise on October 7th.  Too many folks believed the weatherman and as a result only three boats (Roger Towndsend's Chris Craft, Larry Hall's Hacker and Jeff Williams' Century) made the trip from Cayuga Lake State Park to Seneca Falls and the Seneca Museum of  Waterways and Industry.  But at the Museum about 35 Chapter members and another 15 or so
friends of the Museum awaited their arrival.Because the Museum has setup the Morehouse Boat Registry, there were several Morehouse family members present, as well as Nelson and Edith Delavan (who were the driving force in creating the Museum) and family and friends of David Hanna who was the speaker at the event.
After lunch, David Hanna provided an interesting, hour-long talk about the history of Seneca Falls and the very prominent role the village and its canal played in the events of the 19th century, including everything from
manufacturing to women's rights.  Maybe the most surprising fact was that the canal was the source of industry and growth for Seneca Falls in the early 1800's, making it a hub of upstate activity and a very prominent player in the westward expansion of the country.  The canal was also the reason that the village kind of fell off the map when the state took over the canal, relocated it and in so doing, displaced or bought-out most of the village's
industial operations in the early 1900's. David is a relative of Arnold Barbin who was a prominent figure in Seneca Falls during the last century and who had begun an extensive effort to chronicle the history of the village before he died.  David has taken up where Arnold left off and will be publishing a book next year covering their
combined efforts. Many thanks to David Hanna for a terrific history lesson, to Nelson and Edith
Delavan for hosting the event and to Neil Young, FLC Member and Manager of the Museum, for a fine program.  Anyone passing through Seneca Falls is encouraged to stop at the Museum right on the village's main thoroughfare (Fall Street) and have a firsthand look at what the Museum has put together.

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February 8, 2007