Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Old Library by Lake Afton in Yardley
An Aerial Photographic History of the Canals Along the Delaware River
Take a flight over the Delaware River Valley to the time when PA’s Delaware Canal and NJ’s Delaware and Raritan Canal had recently ceased commercial operation. Then soar over the landscape as we know it today – without ever leaving the ground.
During his 21 years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Mike McCann examined the histories of properties along the Delaware River. He reviewed aerial photographs taken from 1930 to the present under a stereo microscope while in the process of determining whether land qualified for New Jersey’s Green Acres Program.
Since his retirement, he has created a presentation of scanned aerial images that features the River Valley as it has changed (or not) over time. If you are curious about how things once were, particularly before the 1955 flood, you’ll want to attend this program, which includes images of the Point Pleasant, Lumberville and Yardley bridges that are now gone.
Then and now programs are always fascinating, and this “pilot’s eye view” will be particularly so. No lines, security checks or seat belts to fasten. Just come, sit down, and take in the sights.
The program will be held at the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067.