The Wayne County Historical Society was recently notified of its successful grant applications to fund the next step of its Towpath to Trail Project in Palmyra Township, one mile west of Hawley on SR 6. Two PennDOT Transportation Enhancement Grants with a combined total of $202,256 were awarded.
One grant will fund a required Phase I Archaeological Survey of the project’s sixteen acres. The archaeological assessment will be conducted in four tasks, which include Background Research, Physical Assessment of the area of potential effect, Field Study, and Report Production. If the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission requires, a Phase II Survey will follow. The earliest this work can begin is late fall 2006. It is hoped that the results of this survey will help determine the location of former out buildings, lock tender’s house, and more.
The other grant will address the urgent needs of the c. 1820 D & H Canal’s Lock 31 House restoration which pose a health or safety hazard, or an imminent threat to the integrity of the building. These included the upgrading of the existing incoming electrical and telephone services, security system, and repair of the failing areas of the stone foundation and wood sills, mostly along the west and south elevations of the building where flood damages occurred. This work will probably not begin until spring of 2007.
A twenty percent match is still needed for both grants.
If you are interested in volunteering on June 3rd from 00 am to noon (lunch provided) please contact Sally Talaga at 253-3240 or wchs@ ptd.net and a description of the type of work to be done on this annual trail work day, will be sent to you.