- The second annual Canal Festival at the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, a mile west of Hawley, attracted hundreds of people this past weekend.

The Wayne County Historical Society put together an array of
attractions celebrating the local heritage of the 19th century canal and showing off the canal-era inn, canal basin, lock and towpath.

Among the activities was an exhibition of a scale model of the Stourbridge Lion locomotive, Civil War re-enactors, a horse-drawn
carriage, petting zoo, old-time music, historical books and mementos sold in the "Canal Store." There were also guided towpath walks, tree identification, exhibits of quilting, blacksmithing and archaeology, and a special tent of activities geared for children, to teach them about local

Rain fell during only part of the afternoon.

D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, along Route 6, is open daily for hikes
on the mile-length of canal towpath.

There are interpretive signs explaining the canal history.

As funds allow, the Historical Society plans to restore the interior of the canal-era inn for a living history museum, as well as other improvements.

Contact the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240 for
information, or visit www.wchs-lock31.org.