Thursday, August 14, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Parks are special places that not only offer visitors places to boat, hike, camp or bike but also can simply provide a place to close out the noise of our stress-filled days and allow our thoughts to wander to another place. For some they offer quiet niches for mediation and contemplation. While others find locations where, alone with their thoughts and the majesty of nature, works of writing, music, art or even glimmers of ideas to change our world for the better are inspired!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Long before the D&R Canal was constructed, canals were a common means of transport in most European countries. The Göta Canal was one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in Sweden. The Canal stretches from Sjötorp on Lake Vänern to Mem on the east coast. The canal connects Stockholm and Gothenburg by water. Together with other canals in Sweden, it helps create “Sweden's Blue Ribbon.”
The Göta Canal was largely built by 58,000 billeted soldiers from 16 different regiments. During the 22 years building was in progress, about 60,000 men, including a company of Russian war prisoners and a number of civilian workers, worked a total of about 7 million man-days, each of 12 hours.
Most of the Canal was excavated by hand using iron-shod wooden spades. Work mainly consisted of digging, blasting and dressing stone. Baltzar von Platen also introduced several new techniques using various equipment from England. A number of highly skilled English foremen were recruited.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Light Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm and the program will begin at 7:00pm. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please call (609)924.4646 to reserve your spot!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
- Six Mile Run Trails: Saturday, June 21 @ 9 am
- Kingston's Canal Sites: Thursday, July 10 @5:30pm
- Bulls Island and/or Prallsville Mill Site in Stockton: Saturday, July 26 @ 10am
- Lambertville's Canal and Architectural Sites: Thursday, August 7th @ 6pm
- Titusville and Washington Crossing: Wednesday, August 13 @ 1:30pm
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The group's first meeting will be held on Saturday, June 14 @ 10 am at the Park's main office located in Kingston, New Jersey (145 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08450). There is room for more participants so if you're interested in joining the group do call to get your name on the list. The number is: (609) 924-5705.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The disease is spread by infected water and contaminated food. In 1832 there was a widespread epidemic of cholera in Europe, which eventually came to the port of New York and soon spread to many other cities and towns in the United States. On August 15, 1832, the New York Evening Post reported that four laborers on the Delaware and Raritan Canal were found dead in one of the shanties along the line of excavations a few miles north of Trenton. The newspaper speculated that four laborers were attacked with cholera simultaneously and were able only to reach their beds, where they were later found in a state of putrefaction. The newspaper also related that no one wanted to go near the decomposed bodies for fear of catching the disease. Finally, some people were induced, by the offer of a large reward, to undertake the burial of the dead bodies, after which they burnt the shanty to the ground.
Welcome to the new D&R Canal Blog, a place to learn about events, news, and happenings at the D&R Canal State Park. We hope this will be a forum not only for you to learn about the canal and park events, but also to discuss your experiences while visiting. Have you seen a unique species of bird along the towpath or perhaps beaver activity? Post a picture and a distinct description. Did you participate in a program or attend an event you particularly enjoyed or disliked? Write a comment to accompany the initial event posting. Make sure to check back frequently to learn about the canal and all canal happenings! We hope to see you on the trails!