Hugh Moore Historical Park & Museums
30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042-7743
(610) 559-6613 • 559-6123 School Groups

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In 1988 Congress established the Delaware and Lehigh Canal National Heritage Corridor, recognizing its historical and cultural significance. Extending along the canals between Ashley and Bristol, the Park, named by the way after the founder of the Dixie Cup Company, parallels six miles of the Lehigh River. Visitors can spend an entire day here, learning and having fun.

Canal Boat Ride

A costumed interpreter pilots a mule-drawn boat, the Josiah White II, along a restored section of the Lehigh Canal. Visitors can hear the history of the canal and the surrounding area as they enjoy this hour-long ride through picturesque country. Individuals, families, and groups (15 or more) are welcome, and the entire boat can be chartered for larger groups. Boat rides are available during summer months.

National Canal Museum

At the east end of the park, the Canal Museum features neat exhibits on canals, coal mining, and industries. History is interpreted through a wide range of artifacts, models, photographs, and audiovisual displays. Major exhibits include: What is a Canal?, Canals and Economic Growth, Canals and Technology, Life on Canals, and Canals Today.

The Museum's location also offers a panoramic view that encompasses the Easton Dam, Guard Lock #24, the beginning of the Delaware Canal, and the stone arch entrance to the Morris Canal on the New Jersey Side.

Locktender's House Museum

The other main features of the park are at the west end, including the Locktender's House. Here a costumed interpreter guides visitors through the period rooms that reflect the life of the Locktender and his family in the 19th century. The Chain Dam, Guard Lock 8, and the piers and cables of the Change Bridge (ruin) can also be seen from the House. Researchers can use an extensive Library collection by appointment (fee charged). School and other Groups of all ages can enjoy an educational Guided Tour.

Emrick Technology Center

Open when the Canal Boat is in operation, the Emrick Technology Center offers visitors a glimpse into the Lehigh Valley's rich industrial heritage. On display are historical items such as the 26-ton stationary steam engine once used to power the Buehler Furniture Factory and a WWI cannon manufactured by Bethlehem Steel.

Visitors will learn the history of the paper drinking cup, the Dixie Cup Company, and its founder Hugh Moore. There is much more to see and learn here, for families and School Groups alike.

The beautiful Hugh Moore Park also features a variety of recreational facilities, including picnic pavilions, hiking trails, and a bike path. Boat and bike rentals are available during the summer.

Canal Museum Regular Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm during the summer season. Call to confirm or visit the official website linked above.
Josiah White II Canal Boat:
Operates from May through September. Call for schedule or visit the official website, linked above.
National Canal Museum
Adults $11.75
Seniors $10.50
Children (3-15) $9.00
Children 2 and under FREE
Admission to the National Canal Museum also includes a Canal Boat ride.
Josiah White II Canal Boat
Adults $11.75
Seniors (65+) $10.50
Children (3-15) $9.00
Children 2 and under FREE
Admission includes the Emrick Technology Center. Call for details.
Groups of 15 or more:
National Canal Museum
$9.00 per person.
Josiah White II Canal Boat
Call for Group Rates.
School Programs cost about $5.00 - $8.00 per student. Call to confirm group rates and to make a reservation.
Group Reservations: At l;east 4 weeks in advance for School Programs recommended.
Lunch: Picnic areas available.
Handicapped Access: Mostly accessible.
Directions: See the Museum's website (linked above) for detailed directions to all locations.

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