D&R CANAL WATCH 2020 Programs
All Second Saturday Canal Walks begin at 10 AM, unless noted. Saturday Morning Meeting Places are
designated as “(MP)” in the description. The terrain is flat and the walks average a 2.25 miles per hour.
When contacting a program leader, use “D&R Canal” in subject header.
Program Leaders: Bob Barth, 201-401-3121; email@example.com Jessica Hunsdon, 732-993-4505; Pamela
V’Combe, 609-635-2783; firstname.lastname@example.org
Events after January will be published soon.
Saturday, January 11: 10:00 a.m. Towpath clean-up. MP at Lock 11 in South Bound Brook, across
from the post office on Canal Road. Join members of the Canal Watch in their effort to keep the
state park a beauty spot in central New Jersey. Leader: Bob Barth
Sunday, January 26: 2:00 p.m. Two-Canal Walk. Meet outside of the Lambertville Station restaurant,
near the caboose. Join the D&R Canal Watch and the Friends of the Delaware Canal for a guided
history and nature tour along both of our neighboring towpaths. This popular event is just one of
the many activities held during the annual Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival. For details, visit
The first stop of this two-mile walk will be the D&R Feeder lift and outlet locks to learn how canal
boats once crossed the Delaware River via a cable ferry. We’ll then follow the path of the mule
teams of old as we hike through Lambertville and cross the Delaware River bridge into New Hope.
Heading west, the Delaware Canal towpath will soon be found. We’ll trek southward through town
to Lock 11 and the Locktender’s House. Hot chocolate and other goodies will be waiting inside.
For those who want to walk and see a bit more, we’ll venture a short distance south to the toll
collector’s house, the canal inlet, and the spectacular vistas of the Delaware River and wing dam.
The Winter Walk will be held weather and conditions permitting. If in doubt, check for a go/no go
message on the www.fodc.org homepage.
Free, but donations are welcome and appreciated. Leaders: Bob Barth and Susan Taylor
Saturday, April 4: Towpath clearing in South Bound Brook. Meet at the Lock 11 parking lot on Canal
Road (across from the post office). Bring loppers, work gloves, hand saw, and/or clippers; a rake
would also help. We are going to reopen an old section of the towpath. Leader: Bob Barth
Saturday, April 11: Alexander Road to Rocky Hill 10:00 a.m. (meeting place @ parking lot of Rt. 518)
Hike 5.7 miles or choose the 3.8-mile walk to Kingston. Spring will be bursting as we hike along
Carnegie Lake, cross the Millstone Aqueduct, and visit picturesque lock and locktender’s house.
Weather permitting, we may visit the Rockingham grounds, site of George Washington’s final
wartime headquarters. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, May 2: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual 3-mile
walk on the D&R Canal towpath between Lock 11 in South Bound Brook and Zarephath. Please
meet at Canal Park in South Bound Brook, across from the post office on Canal Road at Madison
Street. We will enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we identify various wildlife and
vegetation. Please RSVP by email to Jessica Hunsdon at email@example.com or call/text her at
Saturday, May 9: 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 in the causeway parking lot in Griggstown. Bring water; helmet
required. Allow three hours. Leader: Bob Barth
Saturday, May 9: Franklin Township Historical Homecoming – 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We may be asked to staff one of the canal buildings in Franklin Township.
Saturday, May 9: S. Bound Brook – Lock 11 to East Millstone 10:00 a.m. (meeting place @ parking
lot on Route 514. Overflow parking across the street near Rescue Station) Hike 5.8 miles or 3.1 m
walk to Zarephath. This stretch of the canal crosses over a spillway, passes over a lock and has
many spring flowers. The East Millstone Bridgetender’s house will be open to celebrate the 2nd
Franklin Twp Historical Homecoming. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Sunday, June 7: NOTE: 8:00 a.m. Birdwatching Walk: Meet at the historic Van Wickle House off
Easton Avenue at the foot of DeMott Lane (GPS 1289 Easton Avenue, Somerset NJ 08873). See and
hear Baltimore and Orchard Orioles and other nesting songbirds as we walk along the D&R Canal.
Leaders: Barbara and George Dawson, 732-249-2670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 7: 2:00 p.m. D&R Canal Watch annual meeting. Muletenders Barracks, Griggstown
Causeway. The speaker will be Marc Brooks, director of the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.
Use the GPS address of 2 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton (even though it is nowhere near
Saturday, June 13: Blackwells Mills Causeway to Colonial Park (MP @ Colonial Park @ Parking Lot
F, 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873) Hike 3.2 miles. Starting with the Blackwell Mills
bridgetender’s gardens, we will proceed along the towpath to East Millstone, where CanalFest
2020 will be taking place. We will visit the historic bridgetender’s house and conclude at Colonial
Park after walking through the nationally recognized Rudolf W. Van der Goot Rose Garden.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, June 13: East Millstone Canalfest. Details to follow
Saturday, July 11: Rocky Hill to Blackwells Mills Causeway (MP @ Blackwells Mills Day Use parking
lot on the causeway) Hike 6.6 miles or choose the 3.1-mile walk to Griggstown. We’ll see spring
flowers blooming, Griggstown Lock, the Muletenders’ Barracks and the bridgetender’s gardens at
Blackwells Mills. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, July 18: Canal boat dinner cruise fundraiser– 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner cruise on the canal
boat Josiah White II in Easton, Pennsylvania. Join us on the mule-drawn boat and experience
“locking through.” Canal troubadour Roy Justice will entertain us with songs and stories. This is a
fund-raiser to restore the bridgetender’s station in East Millstone. $100 per person. To sign up,
visit www.canalwatch.org and on the canal dinner cruise link. Let’s have some fun on the Lehigh
Saturday, August 8: Bulls Island to Holcombe Jimison Farmstead Museum (MP@ Parking Lot
beyond Farm, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway, (Rt. 29) Lambertville, NJ) Hike 5.7 miles or choose the 3-
mile walk to Prallsville Mills. Starting where the Feeder Canal begins, we will see the Roebling
Footbridge to Lumberville, pass by the 18th-century Prallsville Mills, through Stockton to the farm
museum. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, September 12: Light Rail Trip, Bordentown to Trenton and back. Join Pamela V’Combe for
a tour by light rail into the 19th century. Meet at the Bordentown River Line light rail station at 9:15
a.m. (Turn left into parking lot at 100 W. Park Street at Prince Street, above the boat landing.)
Purchase your tickets and receive a brief introduction before boarding the train for Trenton. The
train follows the D&R Canal path from Crosswicks Creek to Trenton. See the abandoned canal,
Watson’s Creek, and the Abbott Marshlands. In the City of Trenton where Route 129 is on the
former route of the canal, remains of the industrial and commercial buildings can be compared
with earlier photos. Participants will get an overview of places that are difficult to see any other
way, but on the train. In Trenton, participants may opt for a guided walk (¾-mile round trip) to the
State Street Bridge over the former canal (now the Trenton Freeway). Tickets are $1.60 ($.75 for
seniors); the current one-way-only provision may apply so be prepared to pay double the amounts.
Please bring exact change. Pre-registration is strongly advised.
Friday, _____________: Paranormal Night. The historic Blackwells Mills Canal House will be open to
the public for a ghost hunt! Join the professional ghost hunters from New Jersey Paranormal,
learn about the house’s past, and share in the hunt! Learn how to use professional ghost-hunting
equipment and feel free to bring your own. SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST ____ PAID
REGISTRANTS. RESERVE YOUR SPACE ASAP! 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $30 per person; 18 and over only.
Price includes history and tour, Ghost Hunting 101, an investigation, and light refreshments. For
more information, email us at email@example.com.
Saturday, October 10: 10:00 a.m. Moore’s Creek to Holcombe Jimison Farmstead Museum (meeting
place @ Parking Lot beyond Farm, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rt. 29) Lambertville, NJ), Hike 5.3
miles or choose 2.6-mile walk to Fireman’s Eddy. Passing by working and closed Sourlands’
diabase quarries, we’ll see a turning basin, converted mills, a restored meadow and the
Lambertville lock. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, October 17: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual
3-mile walk on the D&R Canal towpath between Lock 11 in South Bound Brook and Zarephath.
Please meet at Canal Park in South Bound Brook, across from the post office on Canal Road at
Madison Street. We will enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we identify various wildlife
and vegetation. Please RSVP by email to Jessica Hunsdon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text her
Friday, November 6 – 7:00-11:00 p.m. Griggstown Star Gaze. The Canal Watch is sponsoring an
astronomy star gaze on November 6, 2020 from 7-11p.m. This year will be an excellent opportunity
to view the planets. Saturn with its magnificent rings and giant Jupiter will be sinking in the
southwest during the early part of the evening. The red planet Mars’ close approach to the Earth
this season will make it optimally placed for viewing and the distant gaseous planets Uranus and
Neptune will be visible in the constellations Aries and Aquarius. Overhead we will look at the many
star clusters and nebulae in the summer Milky Way. Later in the evening the Moon will rise in the
east, displaying its distinctive craters and mountains.
Please pre-register for the event by contacting Wayne Petko at email@example.com. Participation
is limited and the event is weather dependent.
Saturday, November 14: 10:00 a.m. Whitehead Road to Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum in
Cadwalader Park (meeting place, located in center of park) Hike 5.5 miles or choose the 3-mile
walk to the Trenton Battle Monument. Pass by an aqueduct along the way to twists and turns of
the canal through Trenton. We will pass by the original Coalport section of Trenton and see
current urban infrastructure related to the canal. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
Saturday, December 12: 10:00 a.m. Washington Crossing to Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum in
Cadwalader Park (meeting place, located in center of park), Hike 6.2 miles or take the
3-mile hike to West Upper Ferry Road. Pass by the place where a parallel canal ran along the
Delaware, historic areas by West Upper Ferry and Wilburtha Roads, and over an aqueduct. The
museum is free and open until 5:00 p.m. Leader: Pamela V’Combe