Lumbering on the Delaware

Wednesday July 20th at 7:30pm, the Deposit Historical Society will present a program entitled, "Rafting and Lumbering on the Delaware". Presenters for the evening will be Gloria McCullough, research librarian for the Wayne County Historical Society, and Ann O'Hara, a trustee and chair of the library committee.  The program is open to the public at no charge and will be held at the Deposit Historical Museum at 145 Second Street. Refreshments will be served.


From 1764 until 1848, lumbering on the Delaware River played a primary role in the economy of Deposit and surrounding communities.  During the winter, horse drawn sleighs loaded high with freshly cut timber would drive to the banks of the Delaware and deposit their loads.  In the spring waters the timbers would be tied together in rafts and floated downstream to Philadelphia shipyards.  The history of these early days will be discussed, as well as the daily lives of the men and their families who lived in these river towns.

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