Ellenville, NY has a number of different attractions that you might want to visit while you are in the village. One of the sites that you do not want to miss is the D&H Canal, known also as the Delaware & Hudson Canal. It played an important part in the history of the village, and indeed much of the United States.
Even though the Old Mine Road, now the 209, one of the first roads in the America, ran through the town, it was not close to a navigable river. Lack of a navigable waterway would have been trouble for any town that was trying to grow. In the 1820s, the D&H Canal was constructed, which helped the village expand and become a manufacturing village. The canal was very important for the area until the late 19th century when the railroad came through the village. The Canal is a National Historic Landmark.
Today, you will be able to visit the canal and see what it must have been like well over a hundred years ago when it was in use. You might also want to visit the town of High Falls to get some more information about the D&H Canal. The town features the D & H Canal Museum, where you will be able to learn all about the canal and the locks. The museum is open from May to October each year on Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM to 5PM. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children.
You could find it fun to take the time to visit some of the other towns and villages the canal served when it was in use. It's a great excuse to visit some of the other wonderful places in the area!