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Songs and Stories of Old Canal Days at Rockingham
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Matt Dodd gave a rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Revolutionary War music, song and story performance at Rockingham in April of 2016. He will be back at Rockingham again in the Dutch barn on Saturday, September 23 at 1:30 pm for “Songs and Stories of Old Canal Days,” which will bring to life the days of the building and use of the American canals, such as our very own next-door Delaware and Raritan Canal, now a NJ State Park. Vicki Chirco, historian for D&R Canal, will give a brief introduction to its building and prominence.
The days of the canals saw back-breaking work, tragedies and triumphs, engineering ingenuity and supported a proud way of life for those who plied the waters or tended the locks.
Rockingham sat on a hill in its original location on the outskirts of Rocky Hill (which had more buildings on the east side of the Millstone River before the canal came through), overlooking the creation of the canal to its west. Martin Howell bought Rockingham in 1872 to quarry the rock hill on which the house sat and chose to do so partly because of the transportation opportunities of the canal and the railroad built along it soon after, to move goods and material. Today, the D&R Canal State Park affords hiking and biking pathways right down the hill from Rockingham, reached by two joining paths from our location.
The event is free, though donations are always welcome, and will be followed by light refreshments. We are requesting that those interested please call the site at 609-693-7132 to make a reservation, as seating is limited. Please note that there will be no 1:00 or 2:00 pm tours of the house that day.
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