Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

Timeline 1803-1950


Close-up photograph of a man with a goatee.
 Silent film clip of Captain Pearl R. Nye on the roof of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, 1938. Library of Congress, American Folklife Center - Archive of American Folk Song Films Collection, AFC 1990/017.

Ivan Walton records three of Nye's songs in Akron, Ohio.


Nye performs at National Folklife Festival, Washington, DC.



Nye leases abandoned lock at Roscoe Basin to build his home "Camp Charming" using materials from the old canal boat, Rosalie.

Man standing outside a log cabin holding fishing poles.
descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Photograph of Captain Pearl R. Nye Standing Outside Camp Charming 2.



Nye performs at National Folklife Festival, New York City.


January 4

Pearl R. Nye dies in Hawthornden State Hospital, Akron, Ohio where he had been living for more than two years.