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What It Was...
Canal House is a picturesque old home of honest masonry and stone, bordering the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal at Blackwells Mills in Franklin Township. Built in the 1830s (as was the canal), it was home for generations of bridge tenders, whose job it was to open the swing bridge when canal boats came through. When the last occupant died, a group of interested residents formed the Blackwells Mills Canal House Association, leased the house from the State (owners of the building) and began to restore the historic structure. Canal House lives again and serve the community in new ways.

What It Is Today...
Today Canal House opens its doors to the public and plays host to several events such as craft and antique shows, art exhibits, flea markets, plant sales, holiday events, children's programs, nature walks, community clinics in canoeing, fishing, cooking, furniture repair and much more! It also serves as a museum and library of canal history.

Calendar of Events for 2014
Listed below are upcoming events you will enjoy in 2014:



NOTE: The Blackwells Mills Canal House is located in the Franklin Township section of Somerset at the intersection of Blackwells Mills Road and Canal Road. (598 Canal Road, Somerset)

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(July - December 2014)

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Mar. 8: ALPACA DEMO AND SALE: Experience wool carding and spinning into thread and how that thread becomes beautiful finished products. Many interesting products will be available for purchase.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

April 12: SCAVENGER HUNT Come and find treasures. Registration required - call the Canal House at (732)-873-2133 or Barbara at (908) 369-0357. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments for everyone. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date will be assigned.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

May 3: PLANT SALE: Perennial and annual plants available. Professional consultants will be on hand to answer any questions regarding care and maintenance. Donations from your garden are welcome - call the Canal House at (732)-873-2133 or Barbara at (908)-369-0357.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

June 14 & 15: WATERCOLORIST DISPLAY AND SALE: Princeton watercolorists return with their unique art work for your enjoyment and purchase.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday ~ 11 - 4 p.m.

June 28 & 29: ART AND CRAFT EXHIBIT AND SALE: Enjoy the art of Biff Heins available for viewing and purchasing. Also, the crafts of Sue Heins are available for purchase.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday ~ 11 - 4 p.m.

July 19: OUTDOOR YARD SALE: Bring your arts and crafts, collectibles and slightly used items to sell. Table space is $25.00 (must provide your own) and pre-registration is required. Contact either the Canal House or Barbara at 908 369-0357.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Aug. 10: BLUEGRASS MUSIC: Come enjoy live music by the Six Mile Run Bluegrass Band.

HOURS: Sunday ~ 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Aug. 17 ART SHOW & SALE: View the amazing artwork of two young people, Annalee (14) and Alex (12) are brother and sister who represent the artists of the future.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sept. 12 SCAVENGER HUNT: Come and find treasures. Registration required - Call the Canal House (732-873-2133) or Barbara at (908-369-0357). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded. Refreshments for everyone.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Oct. 11 & 12: ALPACA DEMONSTRATION ~ Patricia Flanagan of Swallow Hill Farm in Hillsborough, NJ will show how wools goes from the alpacas to finished products. There will be an alpaca on site.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday  ~  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Nov. 8 & 9 ART EXHIBIT & SALE: Our in–house artist, Barbara Della Peruta, returns with original paintings on canvas for your enjoyment and purchase.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday  ~  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

December 6: HOLIDAY SHOPPE: Handmade items available for your shopping. If you care to sell item please contact Barbara at (908) 369-0357.

HOURS: Saturday ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Because winter weather is unpredictable, we are forced to close both January and February, 2015. Our first program will be held March, 2015.



Why not sign up as a member of the Blackwells Mills Canal House Association and get in on the fun? Your membership will help to preserve this small part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal's important past! Why not help polish this historic old gem to the lustre it deserves and make sure it continues to serve its mission of education and be a source of community pride. If you are interested, please click the link below to access a copy of our membership form which can be downloaded or printed and then sent to the Canal House Association. If you have any questions about our group or becoming a member, please call either of the following telephone numbers to obtain further information:

908-369-0357
732.297.5548

Blackwells Mills Canal House Association Membership Form

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