Bristol canal

Rich history, revitalization, community spirit, and river views can all be experienced in Bristol Borough. This is a view from the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library garden to the Delaware River.

BRISTOL BOROUGH >> The public is invited to join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Saturday, August 18 for a “Multi-Faceted Afternoon in Historic Bristol Borough.” The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, Bristol 19007.

The afternoon’s activities will start in the library with a showing of “Paradise Ditch,” a short 1950s era film about the Delaware Canal and surrounding area. It is a real period piece including shots of mule-drawn boats, locktenders, and skinny-dipping whippersnappers taken during the preceding 25 years.

Also on view will be an exceptional exhibit, “Made in America: The Grundy Mill and the Business of Spinning Wool.” It features the iconic woolen mill owned by Bristol Borough’s foremost citizen and philanthropist, Joseph R. Grundy. The daily lives of mill workers and the wool manufacturing process are featured with compelling photographs and maps.

Outside, guests will take in the Library’s lovely rooftop patio garden and walk along the Delaware River using the new Bristol History Trail. Afterwards, participants are invited to do the Bristol Stroll on their own, viewing exceptional colonial and Victorian buildings along Radcliffe Street, the famous Wharf, the busy new pier and dock, and the monuments in Riverfront Park. The Borough’s many restaurants and shops await in the center of town.

The event is free, but registration is requested by calling the Friends at 215-862-2021, or emailing For more information about this and other events, visit

The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, non-profit organization working to preserve, restore and improve the Canal and its surroundings.

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