Spotlight on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

We always look for the weekly posts on this Old Book, The Delaware Historical Society blog by Ed Richi, the curator of prints. This week he is focusing on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

This Old Book

Announcement for the opening of the C&D Canal  as provided in the Delaware Gazette newspaper in October 1829 Announcement for the opening of the C&D Canal as provided in the Delaware Gazette newspaper in October 1829

It was during this week in the year 1829 that the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal opened. The canal connects the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River, and therefore provided an immensely important commercial and leisure route between Baltimore and Philadelphia. The canal shaved three hundred miles off the shipping route between the two cities. This week we spotlight a rare book in the Society’s collection written by Joshua and Thomas Gilpin entitled “A Memoir on the Rise, Progress, and Present State of The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Accompanied With Original Documents and Maps.” It was published in 1821, well before the canal was completed, and therefore offers invaluable insight into the creative planning, practical concerns, and the individuals involved with making the canal a reality. The book also contains rare maps. It…

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