Founded in 1808, Clarence Hollow is the oldest town in Erie County NY. (Founded 4 years before Buffalo, NY.) Historic Clarence Hollow is the gateway to Western New York and Niagara Falls from the east, off I90 between exits 48A coming from the east, and 49 from the west and south. So come and explore and meet the friendly folk of Historic Clarence Hollow.
Throughout the town there is over 200 years of history to discovering architecture and lore, unique one-of-a-kind shops as well as mall shopping, a bevy of home-owned restaurant both fine and casual, and a bed and breakfast.
The list of event and attractions include: Farmers’ Market in Clarence Hollow every Saturday morning June through October. Antique World and Flea Market, NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor market, open year round 11am to 5pm, closed Wednesday features Expo Center Co-Op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall. The Great Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Festival in September and October. Clarence Hollow free Summer Orchestra Concerts in July and August. Clarence Biking and Hiking Trails, between Clarence Hollow and Akron NY, and Akron and Clarence Center offer, about 18 miles of trails. Clarence Historical Museum, tour the original workshop where Clarence resident and inventor Wilson Greatbatch invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker. Tillman Road Wildlife Sanctuary Management Area, a self-guided nature walk, where deer, Canada geese, ducks, herons, and hawks are residents. Escarpment Sanctuary – a trail off Greiner Rd. provides a short walk into the town’s geologic past. The Onondaga Escarpment- was the edge of an ancient lake. The cliff is 50-70 feet high and is composed of layers of limestone and dolomite .
Clarence Hollow is only about 30-35 minutes from Niagara Falls, 30 minutes to Lockport and the Erie Canal, where one can take a cruise through the only double lock on the entire Erie Canal. www.Lockportlocks.com Nearby one can visit over 20 wineries featuring many national award winning wines. www.NiagaraWineTrail.org Clarence Hollow is the home for over 39 years of the Asa Ransom House B&B Country Inn featuring many of the award winning wines in their dining room. Tour the Asa Ransom at www.asaransom.com
Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise and relive a bit of History. “Low Bridge, Everyone Down!” People all over the world enjoy singing along to the famous “Erie Canal Song”. Sit back and relax on board the Lockview IV or the Lockview V – as Captain Mike and his crew navigate through one of the most spectacular portions of the historic Erie Canal.
During your 2-hour Erie Canal cruise along “life in the fast lane” you’ll marvel as you:
Cruise under the curious “Upside-Down Railroad Bridge”.
Experience ‘Locking Through”- being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 &35.
Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800s “Rock Cut’ and stone towpath blasted of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812.
Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S.
The Grand Old Erie Canal connects the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean at sea level with the Niagara River and the Great Lakes at 570-feet above sea level. This 363-mile engineering feat was dug by hand between 1817 and 1825. More people migrated westward on the Erie Canal than later went through Ellis Island, opening up the American Frontier for development. Originally 83 locks were use to raise and lower boats, but none as dramatically as those in the aptly named Lockport. To overcome the 49-foot tall Niagara Escarpment – the same rock formation that forms Niagara Falls – Lockport was chosen as the location of the famous “Flight of Five”. This twin set of 5-tiered locks allowed boats to travel up in one set and down in the other. After the canal was enlarged in the early 1900s, one set was retained to serve as a spillway. The other was replaced by the current set of Locks 34 and 35, which still serve boat traffic today.
A New York Erie Canal Cruise departs daily May to October, reservations recommended. www.Lockportlocks.com 1-800-378-0352 210 Market Street, Lockport NY 14094
The New York Erie Canal Cruises are a favorite attraction of guests staying at the 10 room historic (1853) Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031 www.asaransom.com 1-800-841-2340