Jessie & Jackie
1986-1987 were transitional years for the NCM Mules, as Jackie was added to the team. Jackie the Mule was named for Jackie Miller, who, along with her husband John, boarded our mules on their farm in Bethlehem Township. While Jennie wouldn't officially retire for another year, Jessie & Jackie were teamed up for the 1986 season.
Fun Fact: In 1993, Dixie & Daisy were featured in a mule calendar! Unfortunately, we haven't found any images to share...
Hank & George - "The Boys"
The National Canal Museum's current mule team, “The Boys” (aka Hank & George), joined the museum in 2006, when Dixie & Daisy retired to the farm of Robert and Alice Cressman, in Quakertown, PA. Hank & George are male Percheron mules, purchased at a Lancaster County mule auction, thanks to a donation of $3500 by National Canal Museum benefactor Elaine Emrick.
Dent was quoted on CNN saying “Now Hank and George, while sometimes are ornery, are not terrorists.” Dent and Napolitano eventually came to an agreement that limited the security clearance requirement to only the crew members who also hold Coast Guard Mariners licenses.
Right: Hank & George: Only a threat to the tasty flowers along the towpath.