FORT HUNTER, N.Y. - A small crowd gathered in the Mohawk Valley Sunday afternoon to wish a Happy Birthday to one of the State's first transportation systems.
The Erie Canal first opened 188 years ago this October.
Every year, the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center throws a birthday bash in its honor, inviting people in to learn a little bit about the canal's history.
This year guests got an extra special treat, artifacts discovered after Tropical Storm Irene washed away much of the sites property, were on display for the first time.
Site Manager Janice Fontanella said, "Because of the floods that happened here two years ago, our parking lot was washed away and we found the remains of old 18th century Fort Hunter for which the town is named. Fort Hunter was a fort that was built by the British to protect the Indians that were allied with the British against the French and the Indians that were allied with the French."
"I thought it was really cool to hear that everything had been washed out and they started to rebuild and stuff," added Schenectady resident Brooke Osborne.
The artifacts will be on display at the Visitors Center until the end of October.