Hunt #2 is On!
The Canal towpath in the Washington Crossing area is the site of our second Canal Hunt.
Can you find the answers to these 14 questions while you’re walking along the Delaware Canal towpath between the Route 532 Bridge near the Washington Crossing Historic Park Lagoon and Buckstone Farm (formerly the David Library of the American Revolution)? The Hunt, which covers a 1.3-mile stretch runs from south to north, and the questions are in sequential order.
Here are the questions:
- There are several informative signs along the towpath north of the Route 532 Bridge. On the PA/NJ Loop Trails sign, you’ll find the name of the canal on the other side of the Delaware River. What is it? How many loop trails are there?
- How many miles will you travel if you do the Washington Crosssing, PA to New Hope to Lambertville to Washington Crossing, NJ to Washington Crossing, PA loop?
- One of the sign panels about the history of the Delaware Canal describes the canal boat captains. What were the captains called?
- Keep your eyes open for birds during your hunt and name two kinds that you see.
- Friends of the Delaware Canal volunteers have installed engraved granite stones set flush with the ground along the towpath. They mark each mile along the Canal’s length starting with “1” in Bristol Borough. Close to the 9-11 Memorial bench by the Lagoon is a mile marker. What number is it?
- Who does the bench memorialize?
- As you approach the first white house across the Canal, can you spot a sign in the yard that would not have had any meaning to the canal boat operators because they were only going as fast as the mules could pull their boats? What does the sign say?
- What kind of tree stands tallest along the Canal?
- What is the signature color for canal structures, especially bridges?
- Just north of Crow’s Bridge over the Canal, there is a house with two red lawn chairs sitting by the water. What is in the yard that can go in the water?
- Look for a log-style house on the towpath side of the Canal. There are statues in the yard. What are they and how many are there?
- There is a tan house on the towpath side that has a split rail fence. What animal carving stands in the lawn?
- There were once over 100 bridges that crossed the Canal over its 58.9-mile length. You have already seen some of those that are still standing during your hunt. As you continue north, just before you get to the Buckstone Farm field, there are the remains of stone structures on both sides of the Canal. What was the purpose of these structures?
- How many trees line the Buckstone Farm driveway between River Road and the bridge over the Canal?
To download a PDF containing these instructions and questions, click here.
When you are finished hunting, here’s how to submit your answers to the Friends:
Send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Canal Hunt #2” in the subject line and in the text include your name and address with your answers. The answers can be written descriptions and/or attached photos. If you are submitting photos, please label them with the numbers of the questions.
Please submit your answers no later than Thursday, June 17.
Everyone who sends in answers will receive a special Delaware Canal button. The person or group that answers all the questions correctly will win a one-year Friends’ membership and another outstanding prize. If there is more one correct submission, the winner will be drawn at random.