Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
We urge you to attend our Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m.
PICK-UP TRUCK NEEDED:
To move chairs into the Mule Tenders Barracks, we request the use of a pick-up truck to meet us at the Griggstown Fire House on Canal Road at noon. If you can help with this, please call Bob Barth at 201-401-3121.
D and R CANAL WATER TRAIL IMAGINED
CANAL WATCH ANNUAL MEETING, SUNDAY,
JUNE 12, 2:00 P.M.
Don Griffin, from the Mohawk Canoe Club, and Barbara Ross, Canal Watch vice president, will lead the audience on a whirlwind paddle down the D and R Canal of the future.
On the feeder canal they will put in at Bulls Island and take out at Ewing Township's Lower Ferry Road, then jump to the main canal and paddle from Cherry Tree Lane in Lawrence Township to Franklin Township's DeMott Lane.
Proposed new trailheads and bridge, portage, launch, and signage improvements will be highlighted, with glimpses of the countryside, communities, and adjacent waterways along the canal's route.
This program is designed to introduce the public to a proposed D and R Canal Water Trail and to gather suggestions and comments before the plan is presented to the several regulatory agencies that maintain jurisdiction over the canal. It is important that paddlers and other recreational users have a stake in this exciting new venture.
Following the PowerPoint presentation, those interested are encouraged to remain for an in-depth discussion about the future of the canal state park, fundraising, the 5K run, and other events. The D and R Canal Watch is seizing this opportunity and seeking new ideas. Those members interested in volunteering or otherwise participating in the future of the Canal Watch are especially urged to attend.
Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Muletenders Barracks,
4 Griggstown Causeway, in the Griggstown section of Franklin Township, between River Road and Canal Road. The Barracks is the long building on the west side of the canal. (For GPS, use Princeton as the town, even though it's nowhere near Princeton.)
D and R Canal Watch
Our Mission: To protect, maintain, and promote the recreational, historical, aesthetic, and environmental qualities of the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park and its environs, to assist and to support regional, state, local, and private enterprise efforts that contribute to this goal, and to investigate the restoration of the canal to through navigation.
D and R Canal Watch, 214 North Bridge Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
Monday, May 23, 2016
- Historic Preservation: SAVE, A Friend of Homeless Animals in Skillman for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Van Zandt House in Montgomery Township.
- History Leadership and Education: The Watchung Historical Committee for its efforts to convert the former Watchung Police Department Headquarters to the Texier House Museum, as well as preparation of numerous historic exhibits and displays for the museum.
- Christopher Solan of Bridgewater for his Eagle Scout project, which placed roadside signage in Bridgewater Township along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.
- Publication: “Somerville Through Time,” which is a then-and-now book of historic and present-day photographs of historic Somerville, written by Linda and Robert Barth of Somerville and James Sommerville III of Bridgewater.
- Also, “A Historical Walking Tour from Old York Road to the Riverfront” and “A Historical Walking Tour of Raritan’s Somerset Street,” by Raritan residents Marie Lombardy and Keith James of the Raritan Historical and Cultural Committee.
- Education: The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House for their hands-onArchaeology Camp for children.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
From D&R Canal Watch
Friday, April 8, 2016
When: Saturday, April 9th 2016
Time: 8am-10am. Breakfast buffet served at 8am
What: 18th Century style buffet breakfast
Where: Historic Van Horne House, 941 E. Main St, Bridgewater, NJ 08870
(Handicapped parking in the lot-- all others park behind Target please.)
*Space is limited, reservations with payment are required**
Cost: $10.00 adults
$3.00 For all children under 12 years old.
Register: Online at www.heritagetrail.org, coming events page, register and pay online with our new registration system.
**G. Washington portrayed by Sam Davis **Wm. Turner portrayed by David Lang
Master William Turner, A Tutor and Dance Master and frequent guest of the Van Horne's, will present a retelling of his eyewitness account of the Battle Of Bound Brook, just two years ago! While General Lord Cornwallis ate breakfast with the Van Horne family April 13th, 1777, the Guest of Honor on this day April 9th, 1779, will be His Excellency, General George Washington!
(Pictured is Philip Van Horne, his foreman, Brian Van Cote and Master Turner)
Please do not call on April 9th as no one will be available to answer the phone...whatever that is.
941 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Plans to build a natural gas fired power plant between Amwell Road and Hamilton Street in Hillsborough have been abandoned !!
Monday, February 1, 2016
February 20, 2016 from 2-4 PM
at the Civil War-era Hageman House at 209 South Middlebush Road., Somerset
Our second presentation of the year celebrates Black History Month Mr. Don Neal, retired educator with the Franklin Township Public Schools will help us learn about the 39 men and women who have been commemorated on stamps by the United States Postal Service in one of its longest-running series. The presentation will include other African Americans on U.S. stamps, stamps that have been issued right here in Franklin Township, and general information on philately or, as it is commonly known, stamp collecting, one of the world’s oldest hobbies. The interactive presentation is suitable for the young and young at heart. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $10 each, and may be paid for at the door. However, please reserve in advance in case of inclement weather. Reserve by calling 732-246-0638 or e-mailing Terry at IsisMaya@AOL.com
2. The Women Justices of the United States Supreme Court
March 19, 2016 from 2-4pm
at the Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Somerset.
As late as 1872, women were still denied the right to practice law in the United States. By 1884 they were given part-time, token judgeships, usually at the municipal level. It took another 97 years for the first appointment of a woman to the United States Supreme Court. That was a total of 191 years after the founding of the Supreme Court itself! Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice to date. Join Trish Chambers Productions and the Meadows Foundation in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. Meet Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Learn how their unique personality and determination enabled them to break the glass ceiling to take their place in history, as they vote to clarify the intentions of the founding fathers regarding the United States Constitution.
Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Chris Retz at Chrisflp@aol.com.
Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Van Horne House.
The Heritage Trail Association invites you to visit “Somerville Through Time,” a journey through the county seat using then-and-now photos. Based on the new book, Somerville Through Time, the program will provide a glimpse into the life of the village and its people of a century ago and, through comparison with modern views, show the changes in the borough over time. The borough’s residents include George Washington, who lived in Somerville for six months (December 11, 1778, to June 3, 1779) during the Middlebrook Cantonment of the American Revolution. The historic views will focus mainly on the village in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Somerville grew up around a church, courthouse and a tavern built shortly after the American Revolution. The town grew rapidly after the completion of the railroad in the 1840s. In 1909, Somerville formally separated from Bridgewater Township and became an independent borough. The authors, James L. Sommerville III, Robert Barth, and Linda Barth, will show many of the photos from the book, which will be available for sale at $22. Cash, check, or credit cards are all accepted. So come, sit back, and see Somerville as it was a century ago and as it is today.
Bus Tours--Save the Date!
April 3rd, 2016
D & R Canal Narrated Bus Tour!
Tour times: 10am and 2pm
$20.00 per ticket, limited seats, Register now at: www.heritagetrail.org **Be sure to state which Tour Time you want**
May 1st, 2016
Simcoe's Raid Narrated Bus Tour
Tour times: 10am and 2pm
$20.00 per ticket, limited seats Register at www.heritagetrail.org today! **Be sure to state which Tour Time you want** John Graves Simcoe
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING, January 13th at 7pm
The Heritage Trail Association Speaker Series Presents:
“Alexander Hamilton: America’s Indispensable Founder and Visionary”
Join the Heritage Trail as we welcome back Rand Scholet, who will present this wonderful program! Last year Rand introduced us to Alexander Hamilton with part one of his series.
In this second part, "America’s Indispensable Founder & Visionary,” he compares two distinct visions that competed for the new nation’s attention; which one prevailed; and the degree to which each of the seven key Founding Fathers contributed to building the nation’s vital foundations that we live with today. The key Founding Fathers include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, James Madison, and John Jay. Rand Scholet is president and founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (The AHA Society). If you were not able to attend Mr. Scholet's previous discussion, do not stay away. Please do attend this one!
This is a free event, but reservations are required as space is limited. The Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available behind Target. Handicap parking available in the Van Horne lot.
Reservations are suggested for all events. Register by calling 732-356-8856 or going online at www.heritagetrail.org. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for this 7:00 p.m. program.