D&H Canal Museum

D&H Canal Museum The D&H Canal Historical Society was established in 1966 to preserve, protect and perpetuate the unique history of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, particularly in Ulster County.
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Canal friends near Milford: Check out this dinner event to “take a journey back to the life and times of people who oper...
01/17/2020
Museum dinner offers a journey back to the D&H Canal's heyday

Canal friends near Milford: Check out this dinner event to “take a journey back to the life and times of people who operated rowboats in the heyday of the D&H Canal.”

http://www.thephoto-news.com/entertainment/museum-dinner-offers-a-journey-back-to-the-dh-canal-s-heyday-DK792746

Take a journey back to the life and times of the people who operated tow boats in the heyday of the Delaware & Hudson Canal. The Pike County Historica...

It was on this day, December 10, in 1828, that the first shipment of D&H coal to run the whole length of the Canal arriv...
12/10/2019

It was on this day, December 10, in 1828, that the first shipment of D&H coal to run the whole length of the Canal arrived in NYC on the sloop Toleration. Pictured here is a sloop at Rondout in the 1890s. The coal boats shown are being unloaded with a Chase elevator.

These men mined the coal the Canal carried.
12/09/2019

These men mined the coal the Canal carried.

Group of miners from Carbondale from 1880s

It was on this date, December 5, in 1828, that the first boat load of D&H Coal to travel the entire 108 mile length of t...
12/05/2019

It was on this date, December 5, in 1828, that the first boat load of D&H Coal to travel the entire 108 mile length of the Canal arrived in Rondout. The Canal was finished and fully watered from Port Jervis to Rondout by the end of 1827 and they sent coal to Port Jervis via wagon and then up the Canal but this was the first time they sent their coal the entire length. Pictured here is a boat being unloaded in Rondout.

It was on this day, November 25, in 1826, that a marble capstone was laid in Eddyville, celebrating the completion of th...
11/25/2019

It was on this day, November 25, in 1826, that a marble capstone was laid in Eddyville, celebrating the completion of the Rondout section of the Canal, with an impressive Masonic ceremony and many speeches.

It was on this day, October 25, in 1780, that Philip Hone was born. He was a major D&H Canal Company stockholder and the...
10/25/2019

It was on this day, October 25, in 1780, that Philip Hone was born. He was a major D&H Canal Company stockholder and their first president. He stepped down after only a year because he was elected mayor of NYC. He saved the Company by loaning them a much needed $10,000 at one point in their early history. Every account of the story says he went home after the meeting where it was announced they would have to close and thought of the "widows and orphans" that had invested due to his involvement, and that spurred him to make the loan that saved the D&H!

It was on this day, October 15th, in 1829, that the "Orange Packet" was the first boat to navigate the entire Canal. Pac...
10/16/2019

It was on this day, October 15th, in 1829, that the "Orange Packet" was the first boat to navigate the entire Canal. Packet boats carried mail and passengers. Pictured here is Edward Lamson Henry's "Before the Days of Rapid Transit" which shows passengers on a packet boat on the D&H in Ellenville. It is a watercolor but was widely distributed as a steel engraving, some hand colored, in some cases by Henry or his wife. We have 3 copies in our collection, the best period one is currently on display.

It was on this day, October 9, in 1829, that the first load of D&H coal was moved on their innovative Gravity Railroad. ...
10/09/2019

It was on this day, October 9, in 1829, that the first load of D&H coal was moved on their innovative Gravity Railroad. John Jervis designed the 17 mile rail line, using the weight of the loaded cars going down to pull empty cars up.

Come to our celebration this Friday and you can bid on this gorgeous bag generously donated by the Green Cottage. Cousin...
09/21/2019

Come to our celebration this Friday and you can bid on this gorgeous bag generously donated by the Green Cottage. Cousin Brucie Morrow will auction off this and other great items- see our website www.canalmuseum.org/Sept-27-event
You can also leave bids with us- [email protected]. You are all invited- hope to see you there!

Wonderful to know an important piece of nearby history will be preserved for the public! 👏
09/06/2019

Wonderful to know an important piece of nearby history will be preserved for the public! 👏

The brick Lawrence Cement Company office building at Williams Lake has been placed on trailers preparatory to moving it a couple of hundred yards nearer the entry gate.

The move next week is is expected to take a couple of days. The buildings near the gate that were on the site the brick building will occupy have been demolished.

Williams Lake Resort used the 19th Century brick building as the “Honeymoon Suite”.

The Williams Lake Project will use the building to house a historic interpretive center that will be open to the public. Exhibits will chronicle 19th Century cement mining and manufacturing.

--- Photos by Rod Bicknell

It was on this day, September 2nd, in 1826, that the keystone was laid for the stone aqueduct over the Rondout Creek in ...
09/02/2019

It was on this day, September 2nd, in 1826, that the keystone was laid for the stone aqueduct over the Rondout Creek in High Falls, NY. The Freemasons attended and conducted a lavish ceremony. Food was supplied by "Mr. Pine of Kingston" but everyone met at Simeon DePuy's Tavern. The aqueduct was deepened in 1844 and 1847 but couldn't be widened in the 1850 final enlargement, when it was replaced by a John Roebling suspension aqueduct. The locals used it as a foot bridge until the local utility destroyed it in 1956, ostensibly for safety. You can see the keystone today- it's in front of Lock 16 on our Five Locks Walk.

Join us at the D&H Canal Museum on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00pm when D&H Canal Historical Society Historian Bill M...
09/01/2019

Join us at the D&H Canal Museum on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00pm when D&H Canal Historical Society Historian Bill Merchant will do a presentation on the marginalized workers on the D&H Canal. Hear stories of women and children, blacks and immigrants and their importance to the history of this great industrial enterprise. Made possible by a grant from the Ulster County Community Grant's Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. (Image courtesy of the Minisink Valley Historical Society)

It was on this day, August 31st, in 1847, that the D&H Canal Company signed an agreement with the Wyoming Coal Associati...
08/31/2019

It was on this day, August 31st, in 1847, that the D&H Canal Company signed an agreement with the Wyoming Coal Association to transport their coal on its Canal. The Wyoming Coal Association quickly became the Pennsylvania Coal Company. The D&H Canal Company's final enlargement of their waterway in 1850 was mainly to accommodate the increase in tonnage. PA Coal agreed to pay more based on the savings they would see from it. They could never agree, PA Coal never paid the increase, and the disagreement lead to an 1858 court case. The D&H won but never collected- PA Coal just moved their coal on the Erie Railroad. The only ones who benefited were historians! We are learning a great deal from studying the 5,000 pages of testimony.

Our current museum is housed in an 1885 Episcopal Church on land was originally purchased by the congregation with funds...
08/24/2019
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Our current museum is housed in an 1885 Episcopal Church on land was originally purchased by the congregation with funds from the D&H Canal Company. The building was repurposed and has been open as the D&H Canal Museum since 1974. Exhibits are in the rectory and the chapel is used for public programs and special events. We will be moving to our new building, the DePuy Canal House, in 2021!

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08/08/2019

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It was on this date in 1829 that the Stourbridge Lion was run in Honesdale, making it the first steam locomotive run in the Western Hemisphere. Pictured here is Manville Wakefield's excellent scratch board line drawing of the event, from the D&H Canal Historical Society's collections. Horatio Allen was a young engineer who had already quit working for the D&H Canal and went to England to study railroads, the up and coming technology. While there the Company had him order them some locomotives. He ran the Lion for its one and only time on tracks- it was too heavy for the hemlock and steel track...

It was on this day, July 23, in 1829, that the Stourbridge Lion, the first steam locomotive run in the Western Hemispher...
07/23/2019

It was on this day, July 23, in 1829, that the Stourbridge Lion, the first steam locomotive run in the Western Hemisphere, arrived in Honesdale from NYC via the Hudson River and the D&H Canal, for its test run on their innovative Gravity Railroad, after a successful demonstration at a foundry in Manhattan that May.

More D&H Canal markers being unveiled soon. Thank you to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for supporting canal history!
07/14/2019

More D&H Canal markers being unveiled soon. Thank you to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for supporting canal history!

Yesterday marked the 194th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the D&H Canal, which was built to transport coal from Pennsylvania mines to markets on the Hudson River. Coinciding with the anniversary, the Town of Mamakating and the Village of Wurtsboro hosted an unveiling ceremony for two new historic transportation canal markers on Friday afternoon. One commemorates the former canal office on Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro, New York, and the other for the site of the nearby bridge that once carried traffic over the canal. Wonderful to see this history commemorated. Congratulations on your new markers! #historicmarker #canal

It was on this day, July 13, in 1825 that D&H Canal Company President Philip Hone turned the first shovel of earth at Ro...
07/14/2019

It was on this day, July 13, in 1825 that D&H Canal Company President Philip Hone turned the first shovel of earth at Rome NY (in the Sullivan County town of Mamakating) to commence building their Canal. The NY Spectator reported this momentous event and printed President Hone's entire address....

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us! Every step we take to complete renovations on the Canal House gets ...
07/13/2019

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us! Every step we take to complete renovations on the Canal House gets us closer to opening the new Museum and Visitor Center. Your support will push us to the end vision that will benefit the community.

Hats off to the great folks at the D&H Canal Museum — it was a wonderful champagne and chocolate celebration yesterday, toasting the reconstructed North Addition to the old DePuy Canal House in High Falls.

Tune in to Sullivan County's WJFF this Saturday morning at 10am. Our Historian/Curator Bill Merchant will join Barbara D...
06/27/2019

Tune in to Sullivan County's WJFF this Saturday morning at 10am. Our Historian/Curator Bill Merchant will join Barbara Demarest and Patricia Pomeroy for an hour on the D&H Canal. Bill can also be heard every 3rd Tuesday at 7:30am on Kingston WGHQ Radio AM920 for a half hour with Cynthia and Fred Wadnola. Pictured here is the break at Bolton Basin in 1885, taken by a relative of Chief engineer Russell Farnum Lord, from our collection.

Our last two posts have vanished without a trace! What's up Facebook???It was on this day, June 25, in 1825, that Mauric...
06/25/2019

Our last two posts have vanished without a trace! What's up Facebook???
It was on this day, June 25, in 1825, that Maurice Wurts was named agent in charge of building the D&H Canal. He is the single most important person to the history of the Canal. Pictured here is the Rondout waterfront, terminus of the Canal proper. Maurice worked in their offices near here.

It was on this day, June 16, in 1783, that Maurice (at the time pronounced, we are told, "Morris") Wurts was born.  Ther...
06/16/2019

It was on this day, June 16, in 1783, that Maurice (at the time pronounced, we are told, "Morris") Wurts was born. There was no single person more important to the D&H Canal than Maurice Wurts. He started his business life as a Philadelphia dry-goods merchant with his brother William. In the decade after the War of 1812, they originated the idea of a constructing a Canal from their coal fields in NE Pennsylvania to NYC, then started the Company that built and operated it. Maurice was the general manager of the Company, working out of their office in Rondout, NY. He was rewarded for his long service to the Company in 1847 with a seat on their Board. He served the Canal Company until his death in 1854.

It's National Trails Day! 🚶‍♀️🥾 🏃‍♂️♿️Join us at the Canal House for a sneak peak inside as part of the Wallkill Valley ...
06/01/2019
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It's National Trails Day! 🚶‍♀️🥾 🏃‍♂️♿️

Join us at the Canal House for a sneak peak inside as part of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust House Tour and then take a stroll on the Five Locks Walk. Tickets for the house tour are still available, check out their website for more information.

As always, the Five Locks Walk is free and open from dawn to dusk.

https://www.wallkillvalleylt.org

Wallkill Valley Land Trust works with willing land owners to conserve land in southern Ulster County.

Our Thanks to Robert Selkowitz for opening up our Wednesday Lecture Series on May 1st, with a fascinating look at the 19...
05/28/2019

Our Thanks to Robert Selkowitz for opening up our Wednesday Lecture Series on May 1st, with a fascinating look at the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run and the history of roads. Robert will be holding the 3rd annual Catskill Conquest Rally, open to all Vintage cars on September 21! If you are interested in registering, please contact him at www.1903autorun.com! Please join us on June 5th as Stephen Blauweiss presents, The Life and Death of the Kingston Post Office!

It was on this day, May 28, in 1829 that another D&H steam locomotive, the "Stourbridge Lion" was put up on blocks at th...
05/28/2019

It was on this day, May 28, in 1829 that another D&H steam locomotive, the "Stourbridge Lion" was put up on blocks at the Kemble's Foundry in Manhattan and run to demonstrate the new technology. The Lion's fate was marginally better than the "America's"- it became the first steam locomotive run in the Western Hemisphere on August 8th 1829. However it was 2 tons heavier than they counted on- our historian thinks it was a mix-up between the imperial system and American weight system, 5 tons in Stourbridge England but 7 in Honesdale! The Gravity Railroad's hemlock and steel plate "rails" weren't made for the extra weight, so it only ran one day.

It was on this day, May 27, in 1829 that the steam locomotive "America", pictured here, was put up on blocks and run for...
05/28/2019

It was on this day, May 27, in 1829 that the steam locomotive "America", pictured here, was put up on blocks and run for an amazed public at the Abell & Dunscomb Foundry in Manhattan by the D&H Canal Company. The technology was so new people came to watch the wheels turn! The "America" exploded during a later test run, years before some genius invented the pressure relief valve. Some $3,400 worth of then cutting-edge tech turned to shrapnel...

Are you a shutterbug who loves exploring in the Upper Delaware River region? Here's your chance to submit your fantastic...
05/22/2019
PHOTO CONTEST | Confluence: Land, Water, and Wildlife - Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Are you a shutterbug who loves exploring in the Upper Delaware River region? Here's your chance to submit your fantastic photos of land, water, and wildlife. Canal photos are encouraged!
*We are not associated with the contest, but wanted to share the opportunity.

The Conservancy is pleased to announce our second annual juried photo contest for the Upper Delaware River region, open to …

Did you know? The museum is open for the season! Visit us on Saturdays and Sundays from 10a-4:30p from now until the end...
05/14/2019

Did you know? The museum is open for the season! Visit us on Saturdays and Sundays from 10a-4:30p from now until the end of October. Don't forget to stop by our flea market in Grady Park if you're in High Falls on a Sunday.
http://www.canalmuseum.org/sunday-flea-market2

It's getting there! Started demolishing it a week ago and it is now more than half done.
05/10/2019

It's getting there! Started demolishing it a week ago and it is now more than half done.

Don't blink or you will miss it! Concepcion and the crew from Yankee Construction will have the new north addition at th...
05/07/2019

Don't blink or you will miss it! Concepcion and the crew from Yankee Construction will have the new north addition at the DePuy Canal House done in no time.

It was on this day, May 6, in 1788, that William Wurts was born. William and his brother Maurice were the originators of...
05/06/2019

It was on this day, May 6, in 1788, that William Wurts was born. William and his brother Maurice were the originators of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The lore tells us William was familiar with the then-wilderness the Canal traversed from hunting trips in the region.

All torn down and ready for the rebuild starting Monday! Thank you Rick Vanden Heuvel, Rick Alfandre, Allan Bowdery, Dav...
05/05/2019

All torn down and ready for the rebuild starting Monday! Thank you Rick Vanden Heuvel, Rick Alfandre, Allan Bowdery, Dave Kime and Bill Merchant for all the hard work. 20 hours in 2 days! BTW the stone knee wall in the foreground predates this part of the building. It was there to hold back the dirt ramp for the bridge over the Canal that was there 1850-1902. The new structure will of course be built on top of it. This will be the 3rd time!

Day 2 (and hopefully the final day) of demolition on the DePuy Canal House. Trustee Dave Kime and VP Allan Bowdery with ...
05/04/2019

Day 2 (and hopefully the final day) of demolition on the DePuy Canal House. Trustee Dave Kime and VP Allan Bowdery with the assist! Honorable mention to Rick Alfandre for the loan of the sawzall!

Guess what we are doing! Rick Vanden Heuvel and D&H Vice President Allan Bowdery (& Bill Merchant) are demolishing the n...
05/03/2019

Guess what we are doing! Rick Vanden Heuvel and D&H Vice President Allan Bowdery (& Bill Merchant) are demolishing the north entrance to the DePuy Canal House in preparation for Yankee Construction to come Monday and rebuild it.

The Delaware Company
04/30/2019

The Delaware Company

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Debra Conway, who is also Town of Highland co-historian, and to the Town of Highland on yesterday's dedication of the new historic marker commemorating the D&H Canal, the first in the country funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation in the category of Historic Canals. Thank you Legislator Nadia Rajsz, Supervisor Jeff Haas, members of the D&H Canal Transportation Heritage Council and everyone who attended the brief unveiling ceremony. And thank you Sullivan County Democrat and River Reporter for deeming it worthy of coverage. This is another great addition to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway.

It was on this date, April 22nd, in 1823, that the New York State legislature passed the act incorporating the D&H Canal...
04/23/2019

It was on this date, April 22nd, in 1823, that the New York State legislature passed the act incorporating the D&H Canal Company in NY, paving the way for America's first million dollar private enterprise!

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I've had this photo for some time. It was identified along with another as being in Port Jervis, and the old grist mill...being behind the library. This is clearly NOT that building although the bend in the canal is like that if PJ. Any ideas as to where this was?
Here is an article I just did on the Krantz breweries. http://pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com/KEG_Fall2019_Krantz.html
7 members of Rhinebeck at Home had a wonderful visit last weekend. See our photos at rhinebeckathome.org in the Photos tab.
On the last page of "Coal Boats to Tidewater" is this picture. Does anyone know if this section of the canal still exists, and if so, where on Berme Rd. is the access point?
On for Sunday, July 21st! Won't you join us?
We had a very nice visit. Bill Merchant gave a wonderful history of the canal and the museum exhibits.
Listen to David Kime be interviewed by Shane Gallo April 6, 2019.
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8393806,-74.0925623,99a,35y,154.49h,45.03t/data=!3m1!1e3 This tall (50 feet?) stacked stone structure can be seen at the South East edge of the Rondout Creek approximately across from Lock #8 of the canal. Does anyone know what its original purpose was? It's plan (above) view is that of a trapezoid. By moving around in the 3-D computer view you can get a better grasp of its shape and height. I saw it for the first time yesterday despite having lived just down the road for almost 60 years. No foliage and snow on the ground helped.
I've not seen this shot before, is that the D&H Canal on the left?