May 22, 2013 — Almost twenty years ago, Christine Jerome and her husband paddled a weeks-long canoe route through the Adirondacks. They followed the path of a nineteenth-century writer and outdoorsman, George Washington Sears, known as Nessmuk to his readers. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, spoke to Chris about the new edition of her book An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp. Go to full article
Rushton's tent at the 1886 American Canoe Association meet at Grindstone Island on the St Lawrence River.
Canton, NY, May 13, 2011 — The new exhibit, Paddling to Perfection, opens at noon today at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association as part of the weekend celebration of the 50th Anniversary Rushton Canoe Races in Canton. Boatbuilder J Henry Rushton built his first boat, a canoe, at his Canton boat shop in 1873. Within ten years, his boats, canoes and paddles were on display at world's fairs and expos.
The new exhibit explores Rushton's involvement with the American Canoe Association meet in 1886 at Grindstone Island on the St. Lawrence River and Rushton's award winning canoes at the 1893 Columbian World Exposition in Chicago. St. Lawrence County historian Trent Trulock told Todd Moe that the "Paddling to Perfection" exhibit includes photographs, books, and artifacts related to these two events. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2011 — Canton will celebrate the 50th annual Rushton Canoe Race weekend next month. Canton was the home to the Rushton Canoe Company founded by J. Henry Rushton, who built canoes and boats that were revered nationwide. Our "Adirondack Attic" segment takes us to the Adirondack Museum for the tale of two Rushton sailing canoes on Raquette Lake. Andy Flynn has more. Go to full article
Rigging a sail at the Rushton Boat Shop in Canton. (photo: St. Lawrence Co. Historical Association)
Aug 23, 2005 — A special tribute to the life and career of North Country boatbuilder J. Henry Rushton will be held this Sunday afternoon at Taylor Park in Canton. It's sponsored by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) and Grasse River Heritage Project, and is part of Canton's Bicentennial Celebration. Todd Moe spoke with TAUNY's Jill Breit about Rushton and the history of boatbuilding in the region. Go to full article
Jun 04, 2003 — The St. Lawrence County Historical Association honors a favorite son. J. Henry Rushton's times marked the peak of 19th century canoe-fever. Martha Foley talks with County Historian Trent Trulock about Rushton's life and career in Canton. Go to full article