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                      CANAL WATCH ACTIVITIES FOR 2019
          D&R CANAL WALKS THROUGH HISTORY  
                                                                                                                                                            

D&R CANAL WATCH 2019 Activities
www.canalwatch.org                             www.dandrcanal.com

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 header.  

Bob Barth, 201-401-3121;  bbarth321@aol.
com                                                 Jessica Hunsdon, 732-993-4505
Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783; pjvcombe@gmail.com

Saturday, February 9 - 10:00 a.m.  6.4 m 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.  5 m 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, March 9 - 10:00 a.m. 5m Walk – Kingston to Griggstown
Causeway (MP). Discover the area’s mining resources, canal villages,
a lock and we will view General Washington’s final Revolutionary War
headquarters. Short walk is 1.9 to Rocky Hill. Leader: Pamela V’Combe
(609) 635-2783 or pjvcombe@gmail.com

Saturday, May 11 - 10:00 a.m. 6 m Walk - Griggstown to Colonial Park
(MP) @ parking lot F, 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:
Pamela V’Combe

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: Bob Barth

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 barbaradawsonwriter@yahoo.com.

Sunday in June – 2:00 p.m. D&R Canal Watch Annual Meeting at the
Griggstown Mule Tenders Barracks.
Celebrating the 185th anniversary of the opening of the D&R Canal and
the 30th anniversary of the D&R Canal Watch. Date and subject to be
announced. Contact Linda Barth at 908-240-0488 or barthlinda123@aol.
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. 5.8 m Walk – East Millstone to Lock 11 in
South Bound Brook (MP), across from the post office on Canal Road
at Madison Street. Short walk is 2.7 m to Zarephath. East Millstone
May be small today, but it was once a booming factory and
transportation hub. See the Pillar of Fire site at Zarephath and S.
Bound Brook’s GAF factory redesign along the canal, a model of
adaptive reuse. Leader: Pamela V’Combe

Saturday, August 10 - 10:00 a.m. 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 Roads, 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.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe.

Saturday, September 14 - 10:00 a.m.  5.7 m Walk Bulls Island to
Holcombe Jimison Farm (MP). Starting at the D&R Feeder Canal
origins, we will pass an early 18th century 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 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: Sunday, September 15)

Saturday, October 12 - 10:00 a.m.   5.4 m Walk 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 Petko
(wpetko02@gmail.com).

Saturday, November 9 - 10:00 a.m. 5.3 m Walk 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, stroll through the
picturesque and historic Titusville, ending at the site of the famous
Christmas Night Crossing by Washington and the Continental Army.
Short walk option is the 4.1-mile walk to Church Road in Titusville.
Leader: Pamela V’Combe