Opened in 1834, the Delaware & Raritan Canal was a vital means of transporting coal, agriculture produce, and other goods to the rapidly growing metropolis of New York. The Canal became a major driver of economic development in Franklin Township. Today, the canal corridor is a state park and one of the most beautiful parts of Franklin Township, encompassing the historic villages of Griggstown, Blackwell's Mills, East Millstone, and Zarepath.
The canal corridor has been designated the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway by the US and New Jersey Departments of Transportation. The Byway has its Visitor Center in Griggstown in a quaint fieldstone bridgetender's house where visitors can watch educational videos, study historic maps, and visit a recreated 1830s kitchen. The building was the home to the families of a series of canal employees responsible for opening and closing a swing bridge across the canal. Today, the building is managed by the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition, the non-profit sponsor of the Byway.
Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition
PO Box 96
At the Griggstown Bridgetender's house you'll have a chance to see what life was like in Franklin almost two centuries ago. Stand in a recreated 1830s family kitchen; see the first signs of spring in an old fashioned kitchen garden; watch films that tell the stories of Franklin Township during the Revolutionary War and early Industrial eras. After your visit, take a stroll or bike ride along the towpath of the picturesque canal, rent a canoe or kayak to see the waterway from a canal boat's perspective.