DescriptionFulton lies along the Oswego River about 11 miles south of Lake Ontario. The town was founded in the late 18th century by Dutch settlers from the Hudson and Mohawk valleys.
In the 1820s the Oswego Canal opened, linking the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario and boosting Fulton's economy. Locks enabled boats to negotiate the falls of the Oswego River, which drop 14 feet, and a series of rapids to the north, which drop another 30 feet. An observation area in Canal Park overlooks the lower locks.
Exhibits related to Fulton's history can be seen at the Pratt House, 177 S. First St.; phone (315) 598-4616.