Next Meeting is scheduled for Friday,
7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10
Morris County Cultural Center
The Joint Companys
The D&R Canal and Camden & Amboy Railroad
By: JOE MACASEK, PRESIDENT, CANAL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY
Canal across the highlands of New Jersey,
Robert Stockton and Robert Stevens competed for control of a route
narrow waist of the state. This route would give the winner access to
potential profits from the coal trade
and control of the already lucrative trade route between the country's two greatest cites, New York and Philadelphia. Stockton wanted a canal and Stevens a railroad. In the end, the state legislature settled their differences by giving them both charters. Rather than compete, they formed a joint company that for 30 years monopolized transportation and wielded enormous political power.
a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from the
He is currently President of the Canal Society of New Jersey; President
of the Roebling Chapter, Society for Industrial Archeology;
and Director of Communication for the Friends of Historic Speedwell.
is the author of
the Morris Canal in Morris
history topics and industrial archeology.
Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center
From the Morristown Green,turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.
From Route 287 South,take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.
From Route 287 North,take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.