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A tour with Clifford Zink
Trenton, NY
Saturday, October 14
11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Led by Ron Parker, 646-339-6138 ( randc6@gmail.com). We will meet at 11:15am in Trenton, NJ, at the Hamilton Avenue Train Station of the River Line Light Rail, which is at the intersection of Canal and Elmer Streets.The tour will start promptly at 11:30 and will finish around 2:30. This is a fairly gentle street-walking tour -- there will be nothing strenuous. We will be outside, so dress accordingly with good walking shoes.

Clifford Zink is a preservation consultant, based in Princeton, and author of 6 books, including the prizewinning title The Roebling Legacy. He will conduct a walk around Trenton to look at it through the eyes of the Roebling family and their time as the major industry of Trenton. His sixth book is Mercer Magic, about the Trenton car company co-founded by the Roeblings. Mr. Zink was the recipient of the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from our Roebling Chapter SIA, for his outstanding contribution to documenting and preserving industrial heritage. Also he served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories. Signed copies of The Roebling Legacy will be available for $25 each.

E-mail Sandy Needham at scotsloon@gmail.com if you plan to attend. If you don't have email please phone 347.808.9168. There is no cost for this tour aside from transport. The group limit is 25 persons. We may be able to extend that by a few if there is over-subscription. Roebling members will be given preference.

By car: From the north: NJ Turnpike to Exit 7 to I-195 West to Route 129 N to Hamilton Ave in Trenton. Right on Hamilton Ave, first right on Clark St, first right on Elmer St.
Park along Elmer or in the Roebling Market lot. The River Line Hamilton Ave. Station is at the west end of Elmer St.

By Train: From Manhattan to Trenton: meet at Penn Station NJ Transit ticket windows east end (7th Ave.) at 9:00 for Trenton (Northeast Corridor line) 9:14 and arrive 10:45.
In Trenton, across the street at River Line Light Rail, buy and validate ticket to Hamilton Ave. Station (1st stop) leave 11:14 arrive 11:16.
Cost one way - regular $12.50+ $1.60; Senior $5.70+$.75


Chester, NJ
Sunday, October 15
10:00 am

Led by Joe Macasek. In the late 1860's the building of the Central Railroad of New Jersey's High Bridge Branch gave Morris County iron mines access to growing markets in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Chester was one of the areas that, for a short 20 year period, enjoyed a rush of industrial activity. The high point of this prosperity was marked by the building of the Chester Furnace, a state-of-the-art complex that often out produced many of its neighbors. On this walk we explore the furnace site, walk railroad rights-of-way and visit the near by Hedges Mine site. This moderate hike will involve quite a bit of walking and plenty of off-trail exploration. There are facilities available at the Cooper Gristmill Visitor Center but not at the tour locations. Please bring a snack and something to drink.

CLICK for a map and directions. To register for this tour, please email macgraphics2@gmail.com. If you wish to use public transportation, there will be a pickup for people arriving via NJTransit at the Morristown train station. If you plan to come by train, please let us know by e-mail in advance. This tour is sponsored by Morris County Park Industrial Heritage Walks. There is a $5.00 fee.

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