Out of the Box TV's program Backroads of Central New York will air on WUTR - TV 20 (the ABC affiliate in Utica, NY), on Thursday, June 20, at 8 p.m. The hour-long program focuses on three historic out-of-the-way routes in the Central New York area.
"A backroad is a route that has lost its utility, but not its identity," says executive producer David Gaynes, a 1999 graduate of Hamilton. "While backroads may not be the most efficient way to travel, they are still vibrant journeys through which travelers can learn quite a bit about authentic small-town American life."
The three roads featured in "Backroads" are :
1) Military Road, a military supply route that runs southeast through Herkimer County.
2) The Skaneateles Turnpike, one of New York State's first toll roads which pre-dated the canal and route 20.
3) Indian Road, a major arterial for Iroquois during the 17th and 18th centuries and a primary route for the Underground Railroad in New York State during the 19th century.
This program profiles these roads in a way that conveys the historical significance of the routes, highlights the natural beauty of the region, and profiles the interesting people met along the way. Backroads of Central New York captures our region's shared interest in off-beat life, the simple enjoyment of scenic pictures, and our sheer love of the road.