Cascade Locks Park Association

Cascade Locks Park Association Cascade Locks Park Association operates and maintains the Mustill Store Museum, Mustill Home and Schumacher Mill site. The museum is open from April through October.
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www.cascadelocks.org Our organization promotes Cascade Locks Park, "Akron's Urban Park". A unique partnership with Metro Parks, Serving Summit County and the City of Akron allows us to promote the historical value of the park while also encouraging residents of Summit County and beyond to get out and about and enjoy nature! Here is the BEST MAP-LINK to the Mustill Store: http://tiny.cc/mustill-store-best-map

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There were several laws that a canal boat captain would need to know. For example, did you know that there was a speed l...
07/14/2021

There were several laws that a canal boat captain would need to know. For example, did you know that there was a speed limit? Captains had to keep their boat from traveling faster than 4
miles per hour to avoid incurring fines from the State of Ohio. They enforced the speed limit to protect the banks of the canal from erosion.
If one decided to get wild and kick up the speed to 5 or 6 miles an hour, they could be easily identified due to another law. The State of Ohio required all boats to display their name and home port “painted in some conspicuous and permanent part of the outside of the boat, in letters of at least four inches in height.”
Only one boat could pass through a lock at any given time. According to Ohio law, the upstream boat had the right of way. Canalers didn’t always respect this law. Competitions for the right-of-way sometimes occurred among mule skinners, who grabbed long poles called pikes and climbed atop the lock gates for a joust. The skinner remaining atop the lock gates won both the competition and first access to the lock.
In this week’s #WayBackWednesday photo you can see canal boats waiting their turn to pass through a lock. It’s easy to see how these traffic jams along the Cascade Locks were responsible for the growth and development of cities like Akron, Peninsula and Boston.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/photos/id/80/rec/1. All information provided byhttp://www.generationscvnp.org/Data/Sites/1/images/pdf_files/ohio_and_erie_canal_fact_sheet.pdf )

There were several laws that a canal boat captain would need to know. For example, did you know that there was a speed limit? Captains had to keep their boat from traveling faster than 4
miles per hour to avoid incurring fines from the State of Ohio. They enforced the speed limit to protect the banks of the canal from erosion.
If one decided to get wild and kick up the speed to 5 or 6 miles an hour, they could be easily identified due to another law. The State of Ohio required all boats to display their name and home port “painted in some conspicuous and permanent part of the outside of the boat, in letters of at least four inches in height.”
Only one boat could pass through a lock at any given time. According to Ohio law, the upstream boat had the right of way. Canalers didn’t always respect this law. Competitions for the right-of-way sometimes occurred among mule skinners, who grabbed long poles called pikes and climbed atop the lock gates for a joust. The skinner remaining atop the lock gates won both the competition and first access to the lock.
In this week’s #WayBackWednesday photo you can see canal boats waiting their turn to pass through a lock. It’s easy to see how these traffic jams along the Cascade Locks were responsible for the growth and development of cities like Akron, Peninsula and Boston.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/photos/id/80/rec/1. All information provided byhttp://www.generationscvnp.org/Data/Sites/1/images/pdf_files/ohio_and_erie_canal_fact_sheet.pdf )

There were several laws that a canal boat captain would need to know. For example, did you know that there was a speed l...
07/14/2021

There were several laws that a canal boat captain would need to know. For example, did you know that there was a speed limit? Captains had to keep their boats from traveling faster than 4 miles per hour to avoid incurring fines from the State of Ohio. They enforced the speed limit to protect the banks of the canal from erosion.
If one decided to get wild and kick up the speed to 5 or 6 miles an hour, they could be easily identified due to another law. The State of Ohio required all boats to display their name and home port “painted in some conspicuous and permanent part of the outside of the boat, in letters of at least four inches in height.”
Only one boat could pass through a lock at any given time. According to Ohio law, the upstream boat had the right of way. Canalers didn’t always respect this law. Competitions for the right-of-way sometimes occurred among mule skinners, who grabbed long poles called pikes and climbed atop the lock gates for a joust. The skinner remaining atop the lock gates won both the competition and first access to the lock.
In this week’s #WayBackWednesday photo you can see canal boats waiting their turn to pass through a lock. It’s easy to see how these traffic jams along the Cascade Locks were responsible for the growth and development of cities like Akron, Peninsula and Boston.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/photos/id/80/rec/1. All information provided byhttp://www.generationscvnp.org/Data/Sites/1/images/pdf_files/ohio_and_erie_canal_fact_sheet.pdf )

There were several laws that a canal boat captain would need to know. For example, did you know that there was a speed limit? Captains had to keep their boats from traveling faster than 4 miles per hour to avoid incurring fines from the State of Ohio. They enforced the speed limit to protect the banks of the canal from erosion.
If one decided to get wild and kick up the speed to 5 or 6 miles an hour, they could be easily identified due to another law. The State of Ohio required all boats to display their name and home port “painted in some conspicuous and permanent part of the outside of the boat, in letters of at least four inches in height.”
Only one boat could pass through a lock at any given time. According to Ohio law, the upstream boat had the right of way. Canalers didn’t always respect this law. Competitions for the right-of-way sometimes occurred among mule skinners, who grabbed long poles called pikes and climbed atop the lock gates for a joust. The skinner remaining atop the lock gates won both the competition and first access to the lock.
In this week’s #WayBackWednesday photo you can see canal boats waiting their turn to pass through a lock. It’s easy to see how these traffic jams along the Cascade Locks were responsible for the growth and development of cities like Akron, Peninsula and Boston.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/photos/id/80/rec/1. All information provided byhttp://www.generationscvnp.org/Data/Sites/1/images/pdf_files/ohio_and_erie_canal_fact_sheet.pdf )

07/11/2021
Lock 15 July 11, 2021

The Museum is closed for the day. If you come to the park to see the raging Little Cuyahoga, be sure to stop in at Lock 15 Brewing Company and say hi to Colin and the wonderful staff there!!🍻🍻

We're here on the porch handing out water to the amazing runners participating in today's Akron Trail Marathon. It's a g...
07/10/2021

We're here on the porch handing out water to the amazing runners participating in today's Akron Trail Marathon. It's a great day for a run! See you on the trail!

We're here on the porch handing out water to the amazing runners participating in today's Akron Trail Marathon. It's a great day for a run! See you on the trail!

Don't miss Barefoot McCoy Friday, July 9th at noon on the Mustill Porch! Bring your lunch and join us at the Mustill Sto...
07/08/2021

Don't miss Barefoot McCoy Friday, July 9th at noon on the Mustill Porch! Bring your lunch and join us at the Mustill Store Museum for this free concert!

Don't miss Barefoot McCoy Friday, July 9th at noon on the Mustill Porch! Bring your lunch and join us at the Mustill Store Museum for this free concert!

There were three kinds of canal boats that were common on the Ohio & Erie Canal; freight boats, passenger boats and stat...
07/07/2021

There were three kinds of canal boats that were common on the Ohio & Erie Canal; freight boats, passenger boats and state maintenance boats. All of the boats were limited in size due to the size of the locks.The locks were about 15 feet wide and 90 feet long. The boats were about 14 feet wide and 80 feet long.
Passenger boats, also called packet boats, could transport 40 to 60 passengers. If you were staying on a boat overnight, you would have a berth consisting of a shelf on the wall with a mattress, blanket and a pillow. These berths would have been stacked 3 high! Passengers would sleep in one room, sometimes with a curtain separating the men’s side from the women’s side.
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne called the time spent traveling on a canal boat as “tiresome”. He described his bunk as “hardly so wide as a coffin. I turned suddenly over during the middle of the night and fell like an avalanche on the floor, to the disturbance of the whole community of sleepers.” I think it is safe to say that one might find this kind of travel uncomfortable!
For this weeks #WayBackWednesday we have a cool photo from the 1890’s of a group of passengers enjoying a picnic on a canal boat.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/photos/id/100/rec/1 . All information is fromhttp://www.generationscvnp.org/Data/Sites/1/images/pdf_files/ohio_and_erie_canal_fact_sheet.pdf .

There were three kinds of canal boats that were common on the Ohio & Erie Canal; freight boats, passenger boats and state maintenance boats. All of the boats were limited in size due to the size of the locks.The locks were about 15 feet wide and 90 feet long. The boats were about 14 feet wide and 80 feet long.
Passenger boats, also called packet boats, could transport 40 to 60 passengers. If you were staying on a boat overnight, you would have a berth consisting of a shelf on the wall with a mattress, blanket and a pillow. These berths would have been stacked 3 high! Passengers would sleep in one room, sometimes with a curtain separating the men’s side from the women’s side.
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne called the time spent traveling on a canal boat as “tiresome”. He described his bunk as “hardly so wide as a coffin. I turned suddenly over during the middle of the night and fell like an avalanche on the floor, to the disturbance of the whole community of sleepers.” I think it is safe to say that one might find this kind of travel uncomfortable!
For this weeks #WayBackWednesday we have a cool photo from the 1890’s of a group of passengers enjoying a picnic on a canal boat.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/photos/id/100/rec/1 . All information is fromhttp://www.generationscvnp.org/Data/Sites/1/images/pdf_files/ohio_and_erie_canal_fact_sheet.pdf .

We are excited to announce the first live music on the front porch since 2019! Grab your lunch and join us on the front ...
07/06/2021

We are excited to announce the first live music on the front porch since 2019!
Grab your lunch and join us on the front porch of the museum as we welcome Barefoot McCoy on Friday, July, 9th, 2021 at noon!

We are excited to announce the first live music on the front porch since 2019!
Grab your lunch and join us on the front porch of the museum as we welcome Barefoot McCoy on Friday, July, 9th, 2021 at noon!

We are excited to announce the first live music on the front porch since 2019! Grab your lunch and join us on the front ...
06/29/2021

We are excited to announce the first live music on the front porch since 2019!
Grab your lunch and join us on the front porch of the museum as we welcome Barefoot McCoy on Friday, July, 9th, 2021 at noon!

We are excited to announce the first live music on the front porch since 2019!
Grab your lunch and join us on the front porch of the museum as we welcome Barefoot McCoy on Friday, July, 9th, 2021 at noon!

The races are about to begin!!! Get here before you miss them!
06/27/2021

The races are about to begin!!! Get here before you miss them!

The races are about to begin!!! Get here before you miss them!

It's Duck Derby Day!!! Didn't get your ducks? Don't worry! We may have a few numbers for sale on the front porch of the ...
06/27/2021

It's Duck Derby Day!!!
Didn't get your ducks? Don't worry! We may have a few numbers for sale on the front porch of the Mustill Store Museum during the event. We'll see you there!

It's Duck Derby Day!!!
Didn't get your ducks? Don't worry! We may have a few numbers for sale on the front porch of the Mustill Store Museum during the event. We'll see you there!

Last chance!!! Duck sales will end at midnight! Get them before they fly off!
06/26/2021

Last chance!!! Duck sales will end at midnight! Get them before they fly off!

Last chance!!! Duck sales will end at midnight! Get them before they fly off!

Duck Derby 2021 is this Sunday, June 27 from 12-4. Join us at the Mustill Store Museum for rubber duck races, kid's craf...
06/25/2021

Duck Derby 2021 is this Sunday, June 27 from 12-4. Join us at the Mustill Store Museum for rubber duck races, kid's crafts, and live music from the Wolfe Creeque Band. The Stray Dog hot dog cart will be here, so you can buy lunch and stay for the afternoon!
Rubber duck numbers are still available, and if you don't buy your ducks now, you may miss out on a chance to take home one of these amazing prize packages! Get your ducks here https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ .
See you on Sunday!

Duck Derby 2021 is this Sunday, June 27 from 12-4. Join us at the Mustill Store Museum for rubber duck races, kid's crafts, and live music from the Wolfe Creeque Band. The Stray Dog hot dog cart will be here, so you can buy lunch and stay for the afternoon!
Rubber duck numbers are still available, and if you don't buy your ducks now, you may miss out on a chance to take home one of these amazing prize packages! Get your ducks here https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ .
See you on Sunday!

Today's #waybackwednesday is from last years Virtual Duck Derby! It was a great way to go with last year's restrictions,...
06/23/2021

Today's #waybackwednesday is from last years Virtual Duck Derby! It was a great way to go with last year's restrictions, but we are happy to be back in person this year!
Join us this Sunday, June 27th For Duck Derby 2021! Buy your duck numbers at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/
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Today's #waybackwednesday is from last years Virtual Duck Derby! It was a great way to go with last year's restrictions, but we are happy to be back in person this year!
Join us this Sunday, June 27th For Duck Derby 2021! Buy your duck numbers at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/
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The medical team has arrived! Our racing ducks are getting their final check ups to ensure they are healthy and ready fo...
06/21/2021

The medical team has arrived! Our racing ducks are getting their final check ups to ensure they are healthy and ready for Sunday!
Join us, Sunday June 27th at the Mustill Store Museum for Duck Derby 2021! See event page for more details! Buy your duck numbers now at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ .

The medical team has arrived! Our racing ducks are getting their final check ups to ensure they are healthy and ready for Sunday!
Join us, Sunday June 27th at the Mustill Store Museum for Duck Derby 2021! See event page for more details! Buy your duck numbers now at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ .

06/20/2021

That's right! All 1st place prize bundles for Duck Derby 2021 will include ticket packs generously donated by Copper Creek Carriage! We have a four-pack of tickets for canal boat rides for each of the first two races and we have a Saturday night carriage ride through historic Canal Fulton to go along with the 50/50 race prize!
Get your duck numbers today for a chance to win these awesome ticket packs! https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/

The duckies are working hard to be in tip top shape for  Duck Derby 2021!Join us at The Mustill Store Museum next Sunday...
06/19/2021

The duckies are working hard to be in tip top shape for Duck Derby 2021!
Join us at The Mustill Store Museum next Sunday, June 27th for kids crafts , rubber duck races, and live music! The Stray Dog hot dog cart will be here and so will The Wolfe Creeque Band!
Please see the event page for more information. Rubber duck numbers are available at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/
See you there!

The duckies are working hard to be in tip top shape for Duck Derby 2021!
Join us at The Mustill Store Museum next Sunday, June 27th for kids crafts , rubber duck races, and live music! The Stray Dog hot dog cart will be here and so will The Wolfe Creeque Band!
Please see the event page for more information. Rubber duck numbers are available at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/
See you there!

06/17/2021

That's right! All 1st place prize bundles for Duck Derby 2021 will include ticket packs generously donated by Copper Creek Carriage! We have a four-pack of tickets for canal boat rides for each of the first two races and we have a Saturday night carriage ride through historic Canal Fulton to go along with the 50/50 race prize!
Get your duck numbers today for a chance to win these awesome ticket packs! https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/

This week's #WayBackWednesday takes us back to Duck Derby 2017! It looks like it was a fun day! We are busy planning thi...
06/16/2021

This week's #WayBackWednesday takes us back to Duck Derby 2017! It looks like it was a fun day! We are busy planning this year's event.
Duck Derby 2021 is a free, family-friendly event. There will be kids crafts, rubber duck races with prizes including ticket packs from Copper Creek Carriage of Canal Fulton, live music from The Wolfe Creeque Band, and food available for purchase from Stray Dog Hot Dog cart!!
Join us at the Mustill Store Museum Sunday, June 27th from 12 pm to 4 pm! Buy your duck numbers now! https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/

This week's #WayBackWednesday takes us back to Duck Derby 2017! It looks like it was a fun day! We are busy planning this year's event.
Duck Derby 2021 is a free, family-friendly event. There will be kids crafts, rubber duck races with prizes including ticket packs from Copper Creek Carriage of Canal Fulton, live music from The Wolfe Creeque Band, and food available for purchase from Stray Dog Hot Dog cart!!
Join us at the Mustill Store Museum Sunday, June 27th from 12 pm to 4 pm! Buy your duck numbers now! https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/

Join us at the Mustill Store Museum Sunday, June 27th from 12 to 4 pm for Duck Derby 2021!! Get your duck numbers NOW at...
06/15/2021

Join us at the Mustill Store Museum Sunday, June 27th from 12 to 4 pm for Duck Derby 2021!! Get your duck numbers NOW at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ !!
All proceeds support Cascade Locks Park Association and our mission to preserve, protect and promote Akron's industrial, commercial and cultural heritage.

Join us at the Mustill Store Museum Sunday, June 27th from 12 to 4 pm for Duck Derby 2021!! Get your duck numbers NOW at https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ !!
All proceeds support Cascade Locks Park Association and our mission to preserve, protect and promote Akron's industrial, commercial and cultural heritage.

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hello friends this is one thing i miss not living in AKRON ANYMORE
When is the towpath trail north of Mustill Store supposed to reopen?
Oktoberfest (Locktoberfest) this year?
Sharing a good time with the neighbors is what Locktoberfest is all about. Join us at Lock 15 Brewing.
Check out the varieties offered. "Cascade Locks Pale Ale"
Stop by and see the Monarch Waystation at Schumacher Mill site, Cascade Valley Akron (57 W. North St). In addition to lots of blooming plants (native plants) you can see the latest addition: Pollinator Specialist Denny Reiser has set up a puddling station for butterflies. Who would have thunk? They like mud puddles! Location: Monarch Waystation at Schumacher Mill site, Cascade Valley Akron (57 W. North St). Butterflies will use these shallow puddles as drinking stations. They also like to sip muddy water because it supplies them with minerals they need. Photo credit: Guy Marentette
Check out the latest Jane's Walk at the Cascade Locks Park & Mustill Store Museum
There will be a Jane's Walk at the Cascade Locks Park / Mustill Store Museum on Friday May 4th 2018 starting at 5:30pm. Details will be posted to the Jane's Walk page soon. Come learn about the industrial history of Akron's canal and mill race era.
Congratulations on your recent civic affairs grant and for helping to preserve this important piece of Akron history.
Today is National Museum Day - Come Visit the Mustill Store Museum. We have an Akron2Akron Walk starting at 3pm today.
Life and Death On the Locks: 1800's Murder Mystery Gala was a resounding success. Funds were raised for maintaining the historic locks for future generations to marvel the resourcefulness of their ancestors. Lizzie's descendants did just that last night. Thank you Beth Leipold, Wendy Kertesz and Cascade Locks Park Association for welcoming Lizzie's story into Akron history.
Hi Canal history fans, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is hosting a FREE presentation "The Story of Ohio's Canals" Date: Thursday 08/10/2017 at 7:00 PM Join Tom O’Grady, instructor at Ohio University, for his presentation on Ohio canals. Beginning in 1825, Ohio began constructing its canal system that eventually included nearly 1,000 miles of channel and towpaths laced with stone locks and culverts, aqueducts, feeder lakes, and slack water ponds....More at this link http://www.smfpl.org/event/2017_08_10/story_ohios_canals