12.5 miles from Roebling Station to Trenton Transit Center along the Delaware River Heritage Trail
Explore the legacy of a man who came to New Jersey with a passion for a peculiar idea that transformed American transportation. Enjoy a rapidly advancing trail through South Jersey. Walk through what remains of Roebling's original plant and through one of its buildings. Attend the largest art show turned block party around and view the work of nearly 2,000 artists. Tap into Trenton's live music scene and food truck cuisine.
John Augustus Roebling came to Trenton from western Pennsylvania in 1848 as a canal engineer with an idea to replace hemp rope with wire rope in public infrastructure, and gave birth to the age of the modern suspension bridge. He died of injuries suffered during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, but his family carried on the business expertly, ultimately requiring expansion beyond their Trenton facility to satellite locations including Roebling, NJ.
Our journey begins at the light rail station in Roebling, where a guided tour arranged for the FreeWalkers awaits just across the street at the Roebling Museum. We will exit the museum and begin our walk through the factory housing of Roebling, venture through the Roebling Carnival and proceed along the Heritage Trail through Crystal Lake Park and historic Bordentown. A wooded trail through Roebling Park takes us past the burial site of John Roebling and into Trenton. There, a walk through Trenton history spelled out at our feet delivers us north to Chambersburg.
Within the original machine shop of the flagship Roebling plant in Trenton unfolds Art All Night, a gigantic and free art show and block party. Outside, a festival atmosphere abounds, with live music and food trucks between other surviving Roebling buildings.
Stay and party, buy some art, head for the train station a few blocks away, or spend the evening with FreeWalkers in pursuits yet to be determined...
Those travelling south via rail into Trenton will be met at the station and will have a half-hour layover during which a short breakfast stop is planned.
Roebling bridges we have walked: