MAY IS NATIONAL PRESERVATION MONTH
Appreciating our National Register Historic Places!!!!
Historic properties are tangible links with the past that provide a sense of identity and inspire pride in our heritage. The National Register of Historic Places was established in 1966 as the official list of historic properties that have been recognized as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture. Montezuma is honored to have two very important places listed National Register of Historic Places. It is because of the importance of these sites in American history, that we must be responsible in caring for these properties.
The Mentz Church now owned by the Town of Montezuma is on the register, and it represents a unique example of early nineteenth century architecture in Cayuga County. Virtually intact to its date of construction in 1825, the former ME Church building retains a remarkably high degree of integrity in design, material, craftsmanship and feeling of the early settlers in Montezuma.
The Seneca River Crossing Canals Historic District is a national historic district located in Montezuma and Tyre. The district as part of the Montezuma Heritage Park includes more than a mile of the enlarged Erie Canal prism (built between 1849 and 1857); towpath and heel path; a dry dock; the remains of the Richmond Aqueduct; remnants of the original Erie Canal built between 1817 and 1825, including Lock #62 and piers of the original mule bridge from that era; and a culvert that carries a stream beneath the Enlarged Erie Canal. Many thanks to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for funding a new National Register Marker has been placed soon on Route 31 near the Seneca River bridge.