Captain Hazel is a direct descendant of a 19TH century steamboat captain, narrates the tour full of information and history about the canal and how it was hand dug by Irish immigrants and the birth of Chesapeake City. The Miss Clare was built in 1979 as a fishing boat, it is certified by the US CoastGuard to hold 27 passengers. So take a ride up the river and check out some history.
There are wonderful old homes at every turn, finely detailed and restored. This home is huge with a back porch to die for! Wonderful view of the canal with the Victorian feel. Some much detail goes into restoring these homes they are closely watched by the Historical Society for accuracy.
Check out some beautiful homes on the north side, go down Lock St. to Biddle St. and either drive or walk around, you will find some wonderful old homes, either already restored or being restored. These homes date back to 1800's and have a Victorian Style with great detail. The one is own by friends of ours and the inside is perfect, with wood floors and marble fire place, just beautiful!
Go check out s the docks and watch the many ships go by from sail boats to large tankers. Many time you will see high rollers come in with their million dollar yatchs, beautiful! Watch the jet skiers and fisherman try their luck on the canal. Take your camera there's bound to be something you'll want to take a picture of!
The C&D Canal Museum give visitors a chance to check out the early days & history of the canal. The museum is the origanal pumphouse, it has the original waterwheel and pumping engines in tacked. These steam engines are the oldest of their type in America still on their original foundations.
The Bethel Bridge Lighthouse is a full size 30 foot replica of the origanal used the years before 1927 to warn ships of the locks and bridges. This one is one of many wooden lighthouses that use to line the canal.
Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.
Open year round and FEE adminssion
This is a wonderful old perfectly restored in detail 19th Century shipping village. Great history here, Back in the early 1700's thoughts of connecting the Chesapeake Bay with the Delaware River where in motion. Construction of the canal started in Bohemia Village now know as Chesapeake City around 1824, at it's conpletion in 1829 there were only 2 buildings standing in Bohemia Village, a tavern house and a lock house for collecting tolls. In 1839 the town changed it name to Chesapeake City and grew to a population of 400 by 1849. So check out this neat old town.