Former Gov. Michael Castle and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, will speak at 9:15 a.m. June 2 at the Castle/Cardin Trailhead adjacent to Schaefer’s Canal House, 208 Bank St., Chesapeake City, Maryland.

A guided hike on the Cardin Trail from Chesapeake City to the Delaware state line will be held after Castle and Cardin’s remarks. At 11 a.m., the Delaware guided hike will begin from the South Lums Trailhead on Old Summit Road, Bear. Delaware Humanities and Maryland Humanities, the state affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will co-sponsor the ceremony.

The Castle/Cardin Trail, completed in 2017, runs along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The Mike Castle Trail, named in honor of former Gov. and Rep. Michael Castle, runs 12.4 miles from Delaware City to the Maryland state line. The Ben Cardin Trail, named for Cardin, completes the route to Chesapeake City.

Mike Dixon, a regional historian who teaches at Cecil and Harford Community Colleges, will guide the Maryland hike and explain the significance of the canal. At 11 a.m., Ciera Fisher will lead the hike from the Delaware trailhead, discussing trees of the mid-Atlantic region. The hikes will last about 60 minutes and will go forward rain or shine, but will be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather.

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