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The Legacy of the WPA in Stark County - Canal Tour

  • 13 May 2016
  • 15 May 2016
  • Massillon Ohio

You are invited to the Joint 2016 Spring Tour/Field Trip

“The Legacy of the WPA in Stark County”

Presented by The Canal Society of Ohio and

The Pennsylvania Canal Society

on May 13, 14 and 15, 2016


Make your reservations at the Hampton Inn in downtown Massillon. Ask for the special ‘Canal Society’ rate of $109.00 + tax per night. This rate is good until our block of 30 rooms is reserved. Make your reservations ASAP!


We will be touring many interesting, historically significant O & E Canal artifacts. Sights to be seen include Clinton Guard Lock , WPA project constructions, Canal Fulton’s boat ride (included on the tour) on the St. Helena III, Canal Fulton’s museum (including St. Helena II display), rebuilt Lock #4, Crystal Springs Park (Cutler’s Grove) and the Diversion Dam. Also included will be stops at John Glen’s Grove, Navarre’s “Fishing Hole Flood Gate”, Mathew’s House Museum canal exhibit with a mysterious canal artifact on the towpath nearby, “Big Sluice” in Craig Pittman Park, a new hike-bike bridge replacing the Great Tuscarawas Aqueduct, Bolivar’s new trail addition and the “Exploration Gateway” canal exhibit at Sippo Lake Park.


Friday, May 13: Sign in opens at 6:00 PM in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #190 Hall, 303 Weirich Blvd. NW, Massillon which is 5 blocks from our headquarters hotel (Pre Registration Required). Get together and preview slide show at 7:00 PM by Larry Turner, a local canal authority. Free to all. Light refreshments will be served. Tables will be available for display and sale items.

Saturday, May 14: Late sign in opens at 7:45 AM in the hotel lobby (Pre Registration Required). The (Lakefront Lines) bus tour of the canal departs at 8:00 AM with places north and south of Massillon visited including a boat ride on the St. Helena III. The luncheon buffet will be at the FOE Aerie #190 Hall.

Saturday Night: Banquet buffet at the FOE Aerie #190 Hall starting with a social hour at 6:00 PM. Dinner for the hungry hikers will be followed by a presentation by Meghan Reed of the Massillon Museum speaking on Stark County and Massillon history involving the Ohio Canal.

Sunday Morning, May 15: Hike with Terry Woods.


Dan Schuster – Chairman

Kay Sheldon, Larry Turner, Terry Woods, Jim Guest and Dwight Kline


General info – contact Dan Schuster at 440-262-2663 or email at danschusterCSO@aol.com

Registration info – Click here for Registration Form or contact Kay Sheldon at 440-327-3816 or email at kcsheldon3342@yahoo.com


1. Hampton Inn in downtown Massillon, 44 1st St. SW, Massillon, OH 44647. Phone: 330-834-1144. 30 Rooms reserved. Both Kings and double Queens available. Special rate is $109.00 + tax per night.

2. Holiday Inn, 4520 Everhard Road NW, Canton, OH. Phone: 330-494-2770.

3. Knights Inn, 3950 Convenience Circle NW, Canton, OH. Phones: 330-492-5030 or 800-843-5644.

4. Motel 6, 6880 Sunset Strip Ave NW, North Canton, OH. Phone: 330-494-7611.

5. Quality Inn Hall of Fame, 3970 Convenience Circle NW, Canton, OH. Phone: 330-956-5056.

6. Red Roof Inn, 5353 Inn Circle Court NW, North Canton, OH. Phones: 330-499-1970 or 800-733-7663.


The bus tour is limited to 110 people MAX. The banquet is not limited. Both must be reserved by May 6th. No refunds after May 6th.

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