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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Canal Park holds 2nd annual festival

  • PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - The second annual Canal Festival at the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, a mile west of Hawley, attracted hundreds of people, Saturday, August 23.
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  • PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - The second annual Canal Festival at the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, a mile west of Hawley, attracted hundreds of people, Saturday, August 23.
      The Wayne County Historical Society put together an array of attractions celebrating the local heritage of the 19th century canal and showing off the canal-era inn, canal basin, lock, and towpath.
       Among the activities was an exhibition of a scale model of the Stourbridge Lion locomotive, Civil War re-enactors, a horse-drawn carraige, petting zoo, old-time music, historical books and mementos sold in the "Canal Store", guided towpath walks, tree identification, exhibits of quilting, blacksmithing and archaeology, and a special tent of activities geared for children, to teach them about local history.
       Rain fell during only part of the afternoon.
        D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, along Route 6, is open daily for hikes on the mile-lenfth of canal towpath. There are interpretive signs explaining the canal history. As funds allow, the Historical Society plans to restore the interior of the canal-era inn for a living history museum, as well as other improvements.
      The event purposely coincided with Wally Lake Fest to give more people an opportunity to attend.
       Contact the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240 for information, or visit www.wchs-lock31.org.

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