The Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to preserving the Historic Great Falls Tavern and other historic structures located in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Originally founded in 1973 as the Friends of the Great Falls Tavern to advocate on behalf of preservation and educational projects in the park, The Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern was recognized as a qualified 501(c)(3) charity in 1997, both to succeed the existing mission of the the original Friends, as well as to enable the organization to accept active stewardship of major preservation projects in the Park.

Since that time, the Friends have engaged in a number of public/private partnerships including stewardship of a highly successful rehabilitation of the Tavern completed in 2000, as well as our recent project to build the replica canal packet boat, Charles S. Mercer, sited on the canal at Lock 20, adjacent to the Tavern.

Our most recent project is to restore the lockhouse at Swain's Lock to serve as an educational center.

In addition to these projects, The Friends sponsor seasonal and cultural events at the Tavern and organize historical excursions in the Park and adjacent canal towns, as well as keeping our members informed as to ongoing preservation and conservation issues.

Your membership in the Friends and your donations to its activities make it possible to maintain these activities. Please visit our Membership and Donations page.

The Charles F Mercer packet boat and the Great Falls Tavern

Photo © James W. Moore. Used by permission.

More Information about the Friends

Membership | Calendar of Events | News Items | Governance