| CANAL WATCH ACTIVITIES FOR 2018
D&R CANAL WALKS THROUGH HISTORY
Saturday, January 20 – 10:00 a.m. Towpath clean-up. Meet at Lock 11
in South Bound Brook, across from the post office on Canal Road at
Madison Street. Join members of the Canal Watch in their effort to
keep the state park a beauty spot in central New Jersey. Leader: Bob
Barth, 201-401-3121; email@example.com.
Sunday, January 28 – 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. Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-
3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 24. 10:00 a.m. Hike 5.7 miles from Bulls Island to
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (the meeting place; parking lot
at the canal) or choose the 3-mile walk to Prallsville Mill. Leader:
PamelaV’Combe, email@example.com Or. 609-635-2783.
Saturday, April ___ – Light rail trip along the canal from Bordentown to
Trenton and back. Date and details to be announced.
Saturday, April 7 – 10:00 a.m. Walk through History. 2.6 miles on the
D&R Canal towpath from Port Mercer to Alexander Road (the meeting
place). 2-3 hours. Leader: Frank Allen. Questions? Contract Frank at
570-234-9945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 14 – Abbott Marshlands walk along the D&R Canal. –
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Bordentown Light Rail station. The Abbott
Marshlands are a place where sky and land meet tidal waters. Where if
you listen, with imagination, you can hear Lenape children playing,
mule tenders guiding their boats through the locks of the D&R Canal,
or even the French accent of royalty fleeing disaster in Europe.
Leader: Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or email@example.com. Allow three
Sunday, April 15 – 2 p.m. MVPC Open House to celebrate its 4th
Anniversary; Mule Tenders Barracks and Scenic Byway visitor center,
Griggstown Causeway in the Griggstown section of Franklin
Township. (The GPS address is 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton
(but the building is in the Griggstown, not in Princeton). Details to be
announced. Contact: Barbara ten Broeke, 732-873-2999;
Sunday, April 22 1:00 p.m. Bus tour along the D&R Canal in Somerset
County. Sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association, the tour will
follow the canal from South Bound Brook to Kingston. $_____.
Reservations required. Visit www.heritagetrail.org and click on
“Coming Events.” Tour meets at the historic Van Horne House across
from the Patriots ballpark. Park behind the Target store. Leaders: Bob
and Linda Barth; 201-401-3121; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 5th 10am – 1:00 p.m. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual 6-mile walk on the D&R Canal towpath
between Lock 11 in South Bound Brook and the Millstone Causeway. A
shorter distance option is available. Please meet at Lock 11 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 at https://goo.
gl/kdlL6b or email Jessica Hunsdon for more information at
email@example.com or call/text at 732.993.4505.
Saturday, May 19 -- 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. Questions? Contact Bob Barth at
201-401-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 3 – 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, June 3 – 2:00 p.m. D&R Canal Watch Annual Meeting at the
Griggstown Muletenders Barracks. Joe Donnelly of the Delaware River
Joint Toll Bridge Commission will present “The Delaware River
Bridges.” Questions? Contact Linda Barth at 908-240-0488 or
email@example.com. The GPS address is 4 Griggstown Causeway,
Princeton (but the building is in the Griggstown section of Franklin
Township, not in Princeton).
Saturday, June 16. Hike 5.3 miles from Fireman’s Eddy to Prallsville
Mill (the meeting place) or choose the 2.6-mile walk to the Holcombe-
Jimison Farm. 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. Leader: Pamela V’Combe,
firstname.lastname@example.org Or 609-635-2783.
Saturday, July 7 – Authors and Art at the Mule Tenders Barracks,
Griggstown. Details to be announced.
Saturday, July 21. Hike 5.3 miles from Fireman’s Eddy to Washington
Crossing (the meeting place) or choose the 4.1-mile walk to Church
Road in Titusville. Leader: Pamela V’Combe, email@example.com Or
Saturday, October 13 -- East Millstone Canalfest, Market Street, East
Saturday, October 20th 10am - 1pm Bilingual walks: 10:00 a.m.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk. 10:00 a.m. Bilingual
(English/Spanish) Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual 6-mile walk on the D&R
Canal towpath between Landing Lane and Lock 11 in South Bound
Brook. A shorter distance option is available. Please meet in the
parking lot in Grove 5 in Johnson Park, Piscataway. We will enjoy
conversation in English and Spanish as we identify various wildlife and
vegetation. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/yZBWdX or email Jessica
Hunsdon for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at
Saturday, October 27. Hike 6.2 miles from Washington Crossing to
Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park (the meeting
place) or choose the 2.4-mile walk to Scudder’s Falls. The tour will
pass by Wilburtha and Upper Ferry Road and will include historic canal
structures: several stop gates, a spillway, an aqueduct, and other
historic features. Leader: Pamela V’Combe, email@example.com or
Friday, November 9 - 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 Petko
Saturday, November 17. Hike 4.5 miles from Whitehead Road to
Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park (the meeting
place) or choose the 2.5-mile walk to the Trenton Battle Monument.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-635-2783.
Saturday, December 8. Hike 5.6 miles from Griggstown to East
Millstone (the meeting place) or choose the 3.5-mile walk to Blackwells
Mills. Leader: Pamela V’Combe, email@example.com or 609-635-2783.