Linda J. Barth
Tour Leader
   I'm Linda Barth and I live in Somerville with my husband Bob, my biggest fan and
   Bob and I are active in the
D&R Canal Watch, a group that helps to protect the
historic Delaware & Raritan Canal in central New Jersey. We invite you to visit the
D&R Canal State Park to walk, canoe, fish, ride your horse, bird watch, take photos,
and just enjoy the beauty of the park. In addition, we like to travel around the United
States and to foreign countries, too.
   We have boated on the Erie Canal in New York State as well as canals in
England, Wales, Scotland, France, and the Netherlands. We rode on a wonderful
invention called the
Falkirk Wheel in Scotland; the wheel is like a Ferris wheel that
moves boats up and down.
  I often combine my interest in canals with my writing to produce travel articles   
and books. Two of my volumes for Arcadia Publishing are
The Delaware  and
Raritan Canal and The Delaware and Raritan Canal at Work. I also wrote a
children's book,
Bridgetender's Boy, about the son of the canal worker who moved
the bridge out of the way so that boats could pass through.
A few years ago I was asked to write some articles for the
Encyclopedia of New
That was fun because I had to research and visit towns I had never been to
   I am a retired fourth-grade teacher, formerly working in the
Regional School District in Somerset County, New Jersey. I also do work for a few
nonprofit groups, like the D&R Canal Watch, the American Canal Society, and the
League of Historical Societies of New Jersey.
Click here to hear
an interview with
WRNJ's Mike
Galley about
Jersey Originals
Suggestions for opening your museum after the
Click here for the first PDF from the
American Association for State and Local History
. Click below for the second.