Settlement and River Trade along the Delaware River

Delaware River Settlement & Commerce During The Pre-canal Era

Lecture Summary: By 1750, a half century after European settlers began to occupy the middle reaches of the valley, a trade network had developed along the Delaware River. For almost a hundred years thereafter, the river served as the region’s major commercial artery. Dennis Bertland will point out the boat landings, mill hamlets and market towns with their riverside storehouses, stores, and taverns that served as collection points for the shipment of marketable products shipped downriver to Philadelphia and overseas, as well as goods brought upriver for local consumers. He will also discuss the products transported which included corn, flour, hemp, linseed, logs, and, later, pig iron, castings, preserved pork and beef, distilled liquor, roofing slate and coal for fuel.

Dennis Bertland Biography: Dennis is the principal of Dennis Bertland Associates, an historic preservation consulting firm based in Stockton, New Jersey. He has an extensive background in historical research related to the early settlement patterns and architecture of the Delaware Valley. This program on early river trade and settlement along the Delaware River is based on research he conducted for the Knowlton Township Historic Commission, stewards of the Ramsaysburg Homestead, an 18th century property along the river in Warren County, New Jersey.



Event Date 05-09-2019 7:00 pm
Registered 19
Cut off date 05-09-2019 6:00 pm
Speaker Dennis Bertland
Location ACME Screening Room / Pittore Justice Center
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