D & R CANAL WATCH 2019 Programs
All Saturday Canal Walks begin at 10 AM, unless noted. Meeting Places are designated with “(MP)” in the
walk description. Contact information for Program Leaders is below. If emailing, use “D&R Canal” in subject
Bob Barth, 201-401-3121; email@example.com Jessica Hunsdon, 732-993-4505
Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 27 – 2:00 p.m. Two-Canal Walk. Meet outside of the Lambertville Station restaurant, near
the caboose. We will begin on the D&R Feeder on the New Jersey side and then cross the Delaware River to
walk along the Delaware Canal in New Hope. Cookies and hot chocolate await at the locktender’s home.
Free, but donations are welcome and appreciated. Leader: Bob Barth
Saturday, February 9 - 10:00 a.m. 6.4m Walk – Port Mercer to Kingston (MP). Visit the Turning Basin,
Millstone Aqueduct and Kingston Lock along this historical corridor. Short walk is 2.6m to Alexander Road.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, March 9 - 10:00 a.m. 5m Walk – Kingston to Griggstown Causeway (MP). Discover the area’s
mining resources, canal villages, a lock and will pass by the woods behind General Washington’s final
headquarters. Short walk is 1.9 to Rocky Hill. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, May 11 - 10:00 a.m. 6m Walk - Griggstown to Colonial Park (MP) @ 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset,
NJ 08873. Many blooms along the trail in May, including a bridgetender’s garden, abundant flora trail and the
nationally acclaimed Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. Short walk is 3.5m to Blackwell’s Mills. Leader:
Saturday, May 18 - 10:00 a.m. History Bike Tour on the D&R Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown
and back, 10 miles round trip. Explore the structures along the D&R Canal with Canal Watch trustee Bob
Barth. Meet at the locktender’s home in Kingston. Bring water; helmet required. Allow three hours. Leader:
Sunday, June 2 – 8:00 a.m. Birdwatching walk. Meet at the historic Van Wickle House off Easton Avenue at
the foot of DeMott Lane, Somerset section of Franklin. See and hear Baltimore and Orchard orioles and
other nesting songbirds as we walk along the Delaware & Raritan Canal. (GPS: 1289 Easton Avenue,
Somerset NJ 08873.) Leaders: Barbara & George Dawson, 732-249-2670; email --
Sunday in June – 2:00 p.m. D&R Canal Watch Annual Meeting at the Griggstown Muletenders Barracks.
Date and speaker to be announced.
Contact Linda Barth at 908-240-0488 or email@example.com. GPS address is 4
Griggstown Causeway, Princeton (Building is in the Griggstown section of Franklin Township, not in Princeton).
Saturday, June 8 - 10:00 a.m. 5.8m Walk – East Millstone to Lock 11 (MP) in South Bound Brook, across
from the post office on Canal Road at Madison Street. Short walk is 2.7m to Zarephath. East Millstone May
be small today, but it was once a booming factory and transportation hub. The Pillar of Fire site at Zarephath,
and S. Bound Brook’s GAF factory redesign along the canal is a model of adaptive reuse.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, August 10 - 10:00 a.m. Walk - 6.2 m. Walk- Washington Crossing to Ellarslie, the Trenton City
Museum in Cadwalader Park (MP). We will pass by old quarries near Wilburtha and Upper Ferry Road,
several historic canal structures, stop gates, a spillway, an aqueduct, and other historic features. Short walk
is 3.6-mile walk to Scudder’s Falls.
Saturday, September 14 - 10:00 a.m. Walk – 5.7m Bulls Island to Holcombe Jimison Farm (MP). Starting at
the D&R Feeder Canal origins, we will pass an early 18th milling village on the confluence of the Delaware
River and Wickecheoke Creek, pass through Stockton, and conclude at a historical farm site. Short walk is
3m to Prallsville Mills. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, September 14 - 11:00-5:00, Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair, Monmouth Battlefield State
Park. Experience five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place—a historical festival for all ages. This
free, award-winning event, rain or shine, annually draws more than 5,000 visitors. The fair is a fun-filled
adventure into New Jersey’s past with living history demonstrations, military reenactors, tours, exhibits, period
music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state. There are plenty of hands-
on activities for kids and adults, from learning the art of paper marbling to participating in historical games; to
plowing a furrow or participating in a military drill. This is a chance to see the new visitor center at Monmouth
Battlefield, 16 Highway 33 Business, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726; 732-462-9616. Rain date: September
Saturday, October 12 - 10:00 a.m. Walk - 5.4 miles on the D&R Canal towpath from Fireman’s Eddy to
Prallsville Mill (MP) The tour will include the historic remnants of the feeder canal outlet lock to the river, other
historic canal structures and expansive views across river. Short walk is 2.6-mile walk to the Holcombe-Jimison
Farm. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Friday, November 1 - 7:00-11:00 p.m. Star-gazing along the canal. Griggstown Star Gazing. Join us at the
Griggstown Grassland Preserve for an evening of stargazing. The planet Mars will be visible in the south. The
Andromeda Galaxy, the farthest object that can be seen with the unaided eye, will be high in the sky. We will
be looking at star clusters, open clusters and planetary nebulae in the Milky Way. The Grassland
Preserve is located at 1091 Canal Road in Griggstown. Space is limited. Please register by contacting Wayne
Saturday, November 9 - 10:00 a.m. Walk 5.3 m Fireman’s Eddy to Washington Crossing (MP @ Nelson
House). See the emerging grassland/meadows restoration project, riparian and edge habitats supporting a
large variety wildlife. Along the way, a stroll through the picturesque and historic Titusville, ending at the site
of the famous Christmas Eve Crossing. Short walk option is the 4.1-mile walk to Church Road in Titusville.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe