Conversations on the Canal: Life on the Old Lehigh Navigation

Jul 16th, 2014Press Release from National Canal Museum & Hugh Moore Historical Park

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor has scheduled three history-based dinner cruises aboard the mule-powered Josiah White II canal boat in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park. The first ride, “Conversations on the Canal: Life on the Old Lehigh Navigation,” will take place July 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

Passengers will be immersed into the life of the old Lehigh Canal through the stories and songs of Rich Pawling, one of the country’s preeminent canal interpreters and owner of History Alive!, an education company that stresses learning history by living history. Pawling and D&L archivist, Martha Capwell-Fox, will team to provide an unabridged look at Lehigh Canal life in the mid-1800s, with plenty of anecdotal sidelights. One of the evening’s highlights is a trip inside Lock 47 at Abbott Street in Easton, where the Josiah White II will be lowered and raised the same way coal-laden canal boats were nearly 200 years ago. Lock 47 is one of only a few working canal locks in Pennsylvania.

The Culinary Experience of Hellertown will offer picnic cuisine aboard the boat based on 19th-century recipes. The cost of the cruise is $39 per person or $75 for couples. Directions and a detailed cruise agenda are provided upon registration. For reservations or more information, contact Loretta Susen at gro.hgiheldnaerawalednull@atteroL or 610.923.3548 Ext: 221


About the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor:

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves the historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia.  Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.


For More Information, Please Contact:

April Andrews

Community Outreach Assistant

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

610.923.3548 Ext: 227 or gro.hgiheldnaerawalednull@lirpA

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