Celebration Planned To Mark Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park's 75th Birthday

As the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 draws near, more and more units of the National Park System are coming up on their own significant anniversaries. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, for instance, turns 75 in September and will be feted with a special event benefit party.

It was back in 1938, on September 28 as a matter of fact, that the federal government completed the purchase of the C&O Canal from the C&O Canal Company and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and placed it under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. It was the first step in a long journey that eventually led in 1971 to the canal becoming the C&O Canal National Historical Park that we know today.

You can help celebrate the 75th anniversary of this important date in history at the C&O Canal Trust's third annual Park after Dark benefit to support the park on Saturday, September 28, , which just happens to be National Public Lands Day.

What better way to support the C&O Canal and celebrate National Public Lands Day than with a party in the Park after Dark? Tickets go on sale soon, so keep an eye on this website.