Lewis B. Cuyler Lecture: The Delaware & Raritan Canal

Date(s) - April 30, 2024
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Updike Farmstead
354 Quaker Road

Opening in 1834, the Delaware and Raritan Canal provided an efficient and reliable way to transport freight, mainly anthracite coal, between Philadelphia and New York City markets and towns along the way. As railroads grew in prominence, canal usage declined and, after 98 years, the route closed. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of D&R State Park, a 70-mile recreation path along the canal. 

Author and historian Linda J. Barth will share the history of one of America’s most successful towpath canals, highlighting the people, bridges, locks, and aqueducts that made it work.

About the author: 

A lifelong resident of the Garden State, Linda Barth is the author of several books about New Jersey, including two on the D&R Canal for Arcadia Publishing, and a picture book, Bridgetender’s Boy, published by the National Canal Museum. A retired teacher from the Bridgewater-Raritan School District, she is the executive director of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey and president of the D&R Canal Watch, a nonprofit friends organization that supports the D&R Canal State Park.

Free; please register below, as space is limited. 



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