ROYERSFORD PA – Features of the former Schuylkill Navigation System that remain visible in the Spring-Ford area will be highlighted during a Nov. 8 (2023; Wednesday) presentation in Royersford by an author of the navigation’s history.
“Inland: The Abandoned Canals of the Schuylkill Navigation” was written and illustrated by photographer and author Sandy Sorlien. She is a watershed educator and photographer in residence at Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works. Her 7:30 p.m. program will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6341, 730 S. Fourth Ave.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. The presentation is sponsored by the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society. Her talk will concentrate on features found in our area.
The navigation, which operated from operated from 1827 until 1914, is also known as the “Schuylkill Canal.” It runs in part through the Spring-Ford area. The canal is primarily responsible for the establishment and growth of Spring City, the society explains.
The system’s path from Port Carbon to Philadelphia still abounds with remnants of the canal, Sorlien has written. She will share photographs taken while exploring the 108-miles of the system, during which she located all 61 lock sites.
Photo by Travels With The Post