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A recent historic boating discovery in Oneida Lake has sparked great interest by area historians.

Prior to the construction of the Erie Canal, Durham boats were the primary cargo boats of the region’s inland waterways, according to Oneida County history officials. These boats could transport more than twenty tons of raw materials and finished goods along shallow rivers like the Mohawk.

Until recently, what was known about Durham boats came only from old, written descriptions. There were no identified archaeological remains of a Durham boat that historians could touch and study—until anthropologist Ben Ford helped unmask one. To shed more light on this recent discovery, the Oneida County History Center (OCHC) is pleased to host Professor Ben Ford, Chair of the Anthropology Department at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a virtual lecture.

The lecture will take place on April 28 at 6:30 pm, visit the OCHC’s website for more information and registration details.

The area is supposed to get a dusting of snow later, more favorable weather will move back in on Friday.

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