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We made our way upstream as far as the bridge at Columbus Street, with our guides pointing out highlights along the shore. As we turned back, we passed close to the spot where the Middlesex Canal began. The location has become obscure, but Roger Hagopian had taken the trouble to mark it with flags as exactly as possible. From there we floated back to the Pawtucket Dam before heading into the Canal for the return trip.
The trolley was awaiting us, and back we went to the Visitors Center for some welcome refreshments. At noon the Park Service had scheduled an open lecture prepared by one of our Proprietors, Dave Dettinger, dealing with the history of the Pawtucket Canal.
Dave laid out the background for the Canal by describing the early settlements along the Merrimack River and the efforts of the merchants to increase trade with communities upriver, especially to obtain timber from New Hampshire to feed the needs of the booming boat-building industry of Newburyport.
Serious action began in a year before the Middlesex Canal was started when a charter was granted by the Commonwealth to the "Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on Merrimack River" to overcome obstacles to transportation.
The chief obstacle was the Pawtucket Falls at present-day Lowell, with a fall of over 30 feet. Bypassing these falls was the first endeavor; it required a canal 1. Innumerable difficulties arose, as can be imagined, there being virtually no American canal-building experiences on which to draw. In our own Loammi Baldwin was called upon to help in final completion. The Pawtucket Canal saw its principal use during the years from completion in until aboutwhen traffic had dwindled to a trickle, and lack of maintenance had caused it to deteriorate.
Fortunately for all concerned, about this time the Lowell mills were being conceived, and the Canal became at once a prime source of water power. The significant improvements demanded for this application have resulted in the substantial system that remains today. The boat ride and lecture over, the attendees scattered among the many lunch spots nearby, all reporting a most enjoyable experience on the Pawtucket Canal.
Were some of the large cut stones, used to form the existing stone wall that surrounds the park, from the old aqueduct? An interesting white house exists on Wood Street at the corner of Westford and Wood Streets; this may be a Howard residence. It is hoped that these ideas will serve as an inspiration for your future work and offer some thought provoking issues for the days ahead.
The result was excellent: One of the townships the canal ran through was Camillus, several miles west of the city of Syracuse. The seven mile stretch of the canal in Camillus was closed in and had been dry since ; over time its seven feet deep bed had become a tangle of underbrush, and trees had encroached its banks and towpath. In the general store built in by John Sims to serve the neighborhood and which also was used as a landing stop for persons traveling the canal was consumed by fire.
This almost inevitable condition of destruction and decay might well have been the final chapter in the history of the canal's usefulness to the Camillus community except for the vision of Dr. David Bebee, a local dentist, and several other community activists and volunteers.
They saw in the old canal wonderful possibilities where others had seen only neglect and ruin; they saw a way to renew its life and impact by creating it anew as a canal park, as a place to find quiet, beauty, and enjoyment, as a place to learn about canal history and transportation, as a place for walking, hiking, and cross-country skiing, as a place where their neighbors could gather for picnics, have a canoe or canal boat ride, or just to do a bit of fishing.
What they saw has now become the reality of today's Erie Canal Park. In the town purchased the canal from the state and from that starting point volunteers from the area working weekly around the seasons, and year after year, cleaned up the bed of the old canal, removed trees and underbrush from its banks and made several miles of walking and hiking trails, built dams at either end, and filled it with water again.
But that was only the beginning for the park and canal require an ongoing maintenance program and so volunteers meet every Saturday to care for it and to improve its usefulness.
In the store originally built by John Sims was rebuilt mostly by the volunteers to serve as the park's headquarters and as a museum for exhibiting old photographs and maps of the canal as well as models of canal locks, boats, and aqueducts.
Appropriately it bears his name. The volunteers have also constructed several other outbuildings including boat houses, docks, bridges, and they also see that the area is neat, attractive, and alive with colorful flowers. The park is open throughout the year from sunup to sunset and the Sims Museum on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
Between May and October the museum is also opened on Sundays and during those same months for a small fee children and adults can have a canal boat tour. While the Erie Canal Park operates as a part of the responsibility of the town, it is really the vision and hard work of the many volunteers, past and present, that have made and continue to make it a community success.
Whether the Middlesex Canal created the opportunity or the soil and climate favored the growth in the area is not known, but byhops grown in Wilmington had gained a wide reputation for use in brewing quality beers.
Manifests of the Middlesex Canal barges show that from there were 76, huge bales of hops shipped to Boston and thence by ship to a brewery in Albany. Because of their light weight, bales of hops were as large as many of today's compact cars.
In a blight befell the Wilmington hops crops, killing the hops farming, never to recover. Hops vines are the "Humulus impulus" variety of the mulberry family, which includes species of trees, shrubs and herbs. The Asiatic "Moms" mulberry produces the milky juice used by silkworms. Mulberry bush reeds are soaked in water and beaten into tapa cloth by Pacific Islanders.
The "Humulus impulus" vine develops flowers in which yellow grains of hop meal form as they mature. These grains secrete a valuable yellow substance consisting of essential oils, resins, tannins and an alkaloid, and which is bitter and germicidal. Prepared for beer, the hops are dried and either bleached or roasted, depending on whether a light or dark beer is to be produced. Boiling extracts the bitter taste, color and aroma.
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It is said that there are a few wild hops vines here and there in Wilmington but they do not supply the Middlesex Brewery Company of Wilmington, one of the popular mini-breweries in the Boston area, although Ronald F. Dills, one of the Principals, showed the author a hops vine he is growing in a tub beside the entrance to the brewery.
More than people came here to attend the Conference and to learn about our Canal and the valley. Their participation gained a lot of publicity for the Canal.
The conference began on Monday with set-up and arrival of many delegates. These were directed to the Slater Mill and to the canal boat Oneida of Mid-Lakes Navigation, which was offering free rides on the river. On Tuesday the conference formally began with lunch at the Westin in Providence and a tour of the nearby Waterplace.
Wednesday began with a several venue, rotating tour of Woonsocket, followed by lunch at a choice of restaurants. The group then went by bus to the Ashton Dam and Kelly House on the Canal in Lincoln, RI, where there were walks along the towpath and an original dance presented by Fusion Works and accompanied by Pendragon. It was then back to the hotel, where the Irish delegates treated everyone to Irish coffee.
Dinner that night was chicken "family style. The day concluded with a dinner at Pleasant Valley Country Club, a presentation of the narrative "Alice and the Blackstone," music by Pendragon, and a talk on the "Clearwater Project" with songs by Pete Seeger. Friday morning, the conference concluded with a light breakfast at the old tollhouse in Lincoln and a formal 25th anniversary meeting of the American Canal Society.
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Later, further papers were presented at nearby Bryant College. After the conference, on Friday afternoon, the American Canal Society conducted a four mile hike along the Canal from Plummer's Landing to the Stanley Woolen Mill, which was heavily attended. Instead of the directors' meeting, some delegates went to "firewater," a fortnightly display of bonfires with music along the river in Providence.
Those who still hadn't had enough went on a Middlesex Canal walk along that Canal on Saturday. There were approximately people, including a group from England who had participated in the World Canal Conference that week in the Blackstone Valley. The autumn day was highlighted by blue sky and stunning foliage.
We first observed the anchor rings that secured one end of the floating towpath on which horses pulled barges across the millpond to the entrance of the canal proper. Crossing Faulkner Street to the Talbot millyard, now the Cambridge Tool and Die Works, we viewed the only surviving lock of the original 20 on the Canal.
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Although mostly hidden under the millyard parking area, it appears quite intact. Here could be seen the recesses and rings which held the hinge posts for the wooden gates that retained the water level and swung open to allow passage of boats.
Walking north, we passed the old Mears Tavern on our left and heading down Faulkner Street to Lowell Street at the fire station, we directed some people through the brush to see the site of the Red Lock, which connected the Canal with the Concord River. The stone wall of the turning basin is clearly visible here. Along Lowell Street the remains of a culvert were seen; this allowed us the opportunity to explain their significance and necessity.
Like a mini aqueduct, a culvert enabled the Canal to traverse a small stream or brook. As the group crossed Route 3A, we entered a stretch of canal passing through swamp land, shaded by tall pines along the towpath. Crossing Brick Kiln Road, we found ourselves in one of the larger wildlife habitats along the Canal, pleasing to nature lovers as well as historians. At this point we had a close encounter of the unexpected kind.
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Ahead of us on the dirt road towpath we noticed a cloud of dust heading toward us. Out of the dust emerged a pickup truck moving rapidly. The gentleman wanted to know what we were doing on "his" property and Bill Gerber and I, the group leaders, proceeded to explain our purpose and he grudgingly let us pass. This section of the Middlesex Canal is primarily under the jurisdiction of the Chelmsford Water Department, and the United Parcel Service, on whose land we have an easement.
There were no signs prohibiting entrance from the south, where we had entered, but there are several at the northern end, although their validity is questionable. The dirt road on which we were walking is a former public way, which is now divided up the middle by the abutting properties; therefore the above gentleman owns only one side of the road along his land at best.