The New Haven and Northampton Canal
a public lecture by Carl Walter
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton
History buffs, rowers and conservationists will be interested in a talk by Carl Walter on the ill-fated New Haven and Northampton Canal. Mr. Walter gave two standing room only talks at Historic Northampton on the canal. At this talk he will focus on the terminus of the canal, which is the site of the new boathouse for Northampton Community Rowing.
This presentation will explain why the canal was built, where it was located, how it was constructed, and its importance to the canal towns with emphasis on the terminus of the canal on the Connecticut River in Northampton.
Mr. Walter is a retired pathologist who avidly studies the New Haven and Northampton Canal. He uses thousands of pictures, maps, and other documents he gathered as the basis for his talks. He has walked the line of the canal twice and visited all the libraries and historical societies in the canal towns of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The talk is sponsored by the Meadow City Conservation Coalition, Northampton Community Rowing, Historic Northampton and Forbes Library.