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Vischer Ferry Film to Focus on Erie Canal Era Village

Vischer Ferry, Greek Revival home, circa 1900. Photo provided. Vischer Ferry, Greek Revival home, circa 1900. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County History Center will premiere its newest film – Vischer Ferry, a Forgotten Crossroads, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. 

On April 25 at 7 p.m. the film will be available for viewing at the Vischer Ferry Firehouse, 360 Riverview Road and a third showing is set for May 5 at 1 p.m. at Grooms Tavern, 290 Sugar Hill Road in Clifton Park.

This third in a series of Forgotten Crossroads films created by the History Center highlights Vischer Ferry, a quaint village along the original path of the Erie Canal in the southern section of the Town of Clifton Park. Originally established by Dutch settlers long before the American Revolution, it grew into a bustling community of families whose economic livelihood was tied to the canal. “The importance of Vischer Ferry during the 19th century is still evident today” said Jim Richmond, film director, in a statement. “Its streets are lined with Greek Revival homes, that gives the village a unique look back at a bygone era.”   

As with the History Center’s previous films on Rock City Falls and Bacon Hill, the story of this crossroads is captured through interviews with three generations of local residents, who shared their proud history and memories as well as their plans for the future. 

Registration for the events at Brookside Museum and the Vischer Ferry Fire House can be made at brooksidemuseum.org/events/2024-04/. 

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