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.