The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the wonders of a young nation's engineering prowess. Today it's the heart of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, which starts from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and runs 184.5 miles to Cumberland, Maryland.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
A multi-year task to restore the first mile of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Georgetown is underway, with an end goal of preserving the important history and charm of the area and bringing back the beloved mule-pulled canal boat rides.
National Park Service
Crossing the powder-blue bridge spanning the Potomac River at Point of Rocks, Maryland, I feel like I’ve time-warped to another century. With my husband and two children in tow, we have left behind the bustling Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., to stay in a historic lockhouse along the C&O Canal. For one weekend at least we hope to experience what life was like for a 19th-century lock tender and his family, whose livelihood was tied to the daily rhythms of moving boats and goods. If history had gone in a different direction, however, our stay would have been impossible.
The public has spoken. And at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the staff listened and agreed to shelve, at least temporarily, a plan to increase user fees.
Next weekend offers you a great chance to check out the lockhouses along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that sheltered the lock keepers back when the canal was a key transportation route.
Take a look around the National Park System and you'll see historic buildings being moved, citizen science at work, and a wonderful evening gathering around a historical park.
A cleaner Chesapeake Bay watershed. That's the goal of a multi-state agreement written to focus on restoring and protecting the bay and its feeder streams. If it succeeds, it would benefit a good number of National Park System units, foremost the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail that touches parts of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.