Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal in Morrisville on Saturday, May 12th for a 2-mile roundtrip walk encompassing both the scenic River Dike trail and the Delaware Canal towpath. The walk will begin at 3:00 p.m. outside the Actors’ NET of Bucks County Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, PA. Parking is available across the street at the base of the dike.
Susan Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends, will lead this guided tour through the Borough of Morrisville. It is the only town along the Delaware River in Bucks County that has a dike protecting it from flooding. The dike serves its intended purpose well and also provides a popular pedestrian pathway with impressive views of the Delaware River and the Trenton skyline.
On top of the dike, walkers will learn why the Falls of the Delaware is such an important location and will hear stories of Morrisville’s past, beginning with its 1624 settlement as a Dutch West India Company trading post.
Descending from the dike, walkers will head to Bridge Street and see the statue of Robert Morris, for whom the town is named. Morris, America’s founding capitalist and financier of its Revolution, lived in Summerseat, the colonial era mansion on the hill, now restored and open to the public.
When the towpath is reached, walkers will see how progress has changed the Delaware Canal and hear about life on the waterway while heading back to the Actors’ NET Theatre.
The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, not-for-profit organization working to restore, preserve, and improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings. Its primary goals are to ensure that the Canal is fully watered from Easton to Bristol and that the towpath trail is useable over its entire length.
PHOTO CAP: Come compare Morrisville now to Morrisville then. Postcard image courtesy of Louise Wile.