Lehigh Canal project gains Historic Preservation Grant

HARRISBURG, June 13 – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor was awarded a $25,000 Keystone Historic Preservation Grant, according to state Rep. Bob Freeman.

The project will create a rehabilitation plan for Easton's 2.5 mile portion of the Lehigh Canal. It will build off of the D&L's existing documentation of the canal’s historic features to develop a plan to rehabilitate and enhance the integrity of the canal prism. By preserving the historic integrity of the canal, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the city of Easton can continue to engage visitors in the region's industrial heritage.

“I’m pleased the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor was able to secure this state grant, because the project was in competition with 104 others for $1.27 million,” said Freeman, D-Northampton.

The grants, which were approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, provide funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote, and protect historic and archaeological resources in the state for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities.

The money comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund, which is supported annually from a portion of the state realty transfer tax revenue, and requires a 50/50 cash match.