*Welcome to our website!!! We hope you will look it over and consider joining our organization. We are looking for members and volunteers to help support our cause!
About the Canal Fulton Heritage Society
Since its incorporation in 1968, the Canal Fulton Heritage Society has existed to: “advance, encourage and promote the design, development and preservation of an historically attractive environment for the [City] of Canal Fulton, Ohio and its environs.” In accordance with this purpose the society owns and maintains several properties around town; built the St. Helena III canal boat (to replace its aging St. Helena II) and continues to assist the City of Canal Fulton in current canal boat operations. The Heritage Society also provides or assists in various educational opportunities (including Museum tours and school programs) and keeps a collection of photos, documents, artifacts and memorabilia of Canal Fulton.
A non-paid board of trustees oversee society operations and part-time staff assist in day-to-day functions. While the Heritage Society typically receives income from rent, resale and investments (including an endowment fund) it very much relies on your membership and donations.
Our current HPC representative is:
Our current staff are:
Robert Hodges – Administrative Assistant
Please feel free to contact us by any of the following means:
Canal Fulton Heritage Society
116 South Canal Street
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Hours of Operations
The Office & Archives
Our office and archives are located on the second floor of the historic William Blank House. We are finishing the setup of our office and archives and would soon like to be able to host public hours.
The Heritage House & Old Canal Days Museum is open to the public during the canal boat season (May-October):
Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Admission is $2/person (however, additional donations greatly help to off-set operating expenses). Museum Tours can also be arranged in conjunction with St. Helena III canal boat Charters. Private Museum tours outside of the above dates/times can be arranged for $2/person (minimum charge of $10) by contacting us. Please give us a 2 week notice so that we can accommodate your group.
The Oberlin House
The Oberlin House is currently open to the public select times through the year:
The Old Canal Days Festival
Christmas on the Canal
Admission is $2/person (though, donations are also appreciated). Oberlin House tours may be scheduled in coordination with your St. Helena III canal boat Charter. Other private tours for $2/person (minimum charge of $10) can also be arranged by contacting us. Please give us a 2 week notice so that we can accommodate your group.
While the City of Canal Fulton now owns both of the St. Helenas, the Heritage Society still has a concerned interest in these vessels, their history and the part they continue to play in our community.
The St. Helena II canal boat stands as an example of Stark County's and Canal Fulton's commitment to preserving our heritage. She is currently closed for tours but you are certainly welcome to walk around and view a glimpse of our town's canalling past.
The St. Helena III is a horse drawn canal boat ride that takes visitors along an original section of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Departing from historic down town Canal Fulton, passengers will enjoy a one hour round-trip to Lock 4 Park. An on-board historian will tell about the history of the canal and Canal Fulton area as well as point out locations of interest along the way. The boat typically operates May through October and offers a variety of public rides, special events and charters.