200 Years on Our Regional Network of Historic Canals

A presentation By Bob Thomas
Hosted by the The Lower Merion Conservancy

Thursday, May 13
7:00-8:30 pm


The Delaware and Lehigh Canal and Towpath just north of Weissport, Carbon County, PA 
© 2020 – Robert P. Thomas, AIA

Two hundred years ago – before the age of railroads — an extensive canal system served our region, linking Philadelphia with major points from Chesapeake Bay to Canada and from Pittsburgh to New York City. Learn from historian, planner, and architect, Bob Thomas, where this system was located, how it worked, where extensive parts of it survive to this day, and how to visit and enjoy this great historic resource.

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How Philly and Pennsylvania grew to dominate the candy industry


In the early 20th century, Philly was considered the candy capital of the United States. The industry had exploded in the city from just 20 small stores in the early 1800s to more than 130 shops, manufacturers, and distributors, according to a 1917 educational pamphlet from the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Their combined sales volume was more than $7 million, equivalent to around $200 million today.

This article posted in Billy Penn mentions some of the most well-known candy manufacturers in the city and state.