Timber Rafting on the Delaware

This presentation highlights the mostly forgotten era of Timber Rafting on the Delaware River. The Ramsaysburg Homestead site played a significant role in river commerce as a point of destination for timber and lumber distribution from the timber rich forests of the upper branches of the Delaware River. It was an important distribution center for early developing settlements and towns. The history and the culture of this period will be explored as well as its relevance to how the Delaware River later became designated as Wild & Scenic and one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers in the United States.

History is not just hard facts about the past but it’s also the life stories and folklore that make up the fabric of our lives and times. So be cognizant of the stories that you hear from an elder as they help weave together a legacy or shine a new light on the past.

June 29: Two String Bands

Knowlton Township Historic Commission’s 2019 Summer Music at the Barn series kicks-off with two great string bands on Saturday, June 29. Gates open at 5:00 and music will start at 6:00. Guests are welcome to arrive early and bring a picnic with beverage of their choice. Please feel free to invite your friends and family! Indoor, outdoor and cabaret seating is available, or bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

The Sycamore Banjo Band will bring a great selection of tunes from the early twentieth century (1900-1940), including jazz tunes, pop standards, and even some western swing. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Consisting of five musicians who play twenty different instruments between them, The Skylands Dulcimer String Band produces a unique dynamic sound that inspires audiences. An offshoot of the Rockaway Dulcimer Club, the group has added Celtic harp, Irish Bouzouki, bowed psaltery, bodhram, tin whistle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and electric bass to an assortment of banjammers, mountain and hammered dulcimers. With a repertoire that includes an eclectic mix of folk, Celtic, Appalachian, classical and classic rock pieces, the band’s sounds transcend and adapt to a wide range of settings. Check the band’s website for more information.

There is a suggested donation of $10. Your generosity supports future events. Supported in part by a grant from the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission under the direction of the Warren County Department of Land Preservation. Knowlton Township Historic Commission is grateful for the continued support of Warren County over the last five years.