The first year president of the Greater Pittston Historical Society Ron Farady is an avid history fan and has a love for kayaking, so it is only natural that he would help organize an event that featured the best of both worlds.
The Greater Pittston Historical Society will offer its first ever historical kayak tour on Sunday, July 13, with a rain date of July 20.
Faraday helped organize the event and will be joining in on the tour himself, along with other members of the society.
“I’m not sure how many other members are going,” said Faraday. “The ones that aren’t are helping out in other areas.
“We have two stops scheduled, one at the archeological dig at the Conrail site and one in Pittston. There will be people there to help people out of the boats because the path from the river to the archeoligical dig site is kind of steep.”
The tour will begin at the Apple Tree Boat Launch in Harding, and end at Nesbit Park, Kingston.
A stop is planned at the Conrail archaeological dig site in Duryea with a presentation by the Frances Dorrance Chapter Society for PA Archaeology. After that, they will travel down river to Riverfront Park in Pittston for lunch hosted by Cooper’s Riverfront Restaurant where they will have a verbal presentation on the history of the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley from Richard Fitzsimmons, a local river historian of Harding from the North Branch Land Trust and former Penn State professor.
The tour will be 17 miles, and as Faraday pointed out, it will be along the same route as the annual Pittston Riverfest tour.
Faraday will be doing his best to dish out some of his own knowledge of the sites as the trip progresses.
“I’m not classically educated,” said Faraday. “I find it interesting. I’m very much into non-fiction to begin with as opposed to fiction. History is interesting, especially to read about it and then go and visit the site, or building. I find that moving.”
Faraday is also a fan of kayaking.
“I have a kayak, I’m a kayaker,” said Faraday. “I thought it was appropriate.”
Faraday hopes to make this tour an annual event, but said it will all depend on the success of this first one.
The event is open to the public and those wishing to sign-up can pre-pay or register by calling 570-746-9140.
Cost will be $25 if you bring your own kayak, $65 for a single kayak and $80 for a tandem.
The group will meet at 9 a.m. at Nesbitt Park to be shuttled to the start of the trip.