Join Steve Skye, the historian at the Delaware and Hudson Museum of History and Innovation as he explores the role that the Neversink River played in the success of the D&H Canal. Crossing the southern corner of the 17-mile long Summit Level at Cuddebackville, the Neversink helped ensure a continuous flow of water into the canal. The river was the backbone of an extensive network of reservoirs that the canal managers relied on to supply water to the canal’s highest section. Whilst some of the reservoirs emptied directly into the canal, many of the D&H “ponds” poured their waters into the Neversink River and thence into the canal. Without the agency of the river to connect the reservoirs to the canal, there would not have been enough water to keep the canal boats afloat during periods of drought. Today, the reservoirs built by the canal company support summer vacation communities. In this way, the D&H “ponds” continue to be a boon for the local economy.
This History Talk will be held August 9, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road, (just off Route 209) Cuddebackville, NY. Suggested donation is $5.00 for members and $7.00 for non-members.
The Neversink Valley Museum is open Sundays from noon until 4:00 pm through October 28 and by appointment. For more information about the museum, its mission to preserve local history or any events, call (845) 754-8870 or check the website: www.neversinkmuseum.org. Or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The museum is at 26 Hoag Road, in Cuddebackville.
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