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Freemansburg

Freemansburg, a town along the D&L revitalized by volunteers

To see what a difference dedicated volunteers can make, head to Freemansburg. Members of the Old Freemansburg Association (OFA) reclaimed their portion of Lehigh Canal from overgrowth and debris, and restored the towpath (D&L Trail). The Borough owns a 1.5-mile section of the Lehigh Canal and towpath, and the OFA spearheaded efforts to protect and restore the 1829 Locktender’s House, mule barn, Lock No. 44, gristmill, and coal yard. Volunteers also reconstructed the barn using canal era tools and equipment–part of the reason it took 10 years to complete the project. The multi-functional building now hosts weddings, educational sessions and interpretative demonstrations.

Freemansburg is a classic example of a canal town. Houses and other structures are built up against the waterway that was the village’s lifeblood in the 1800s.

Parking is available at the trailhead near the intersection of Main and Monroe Streets.

Things to Do

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Freemansburg Canal Education Center

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the Borough of Freemansburg, and the Bethlehem Area School District partnered to create the Freemansburg Canal Education Center (FCEC) at the Lock 44 canal complex in Freemansburg. The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage... More

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