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Celebrate Completion of Reconstruction of Conococheague Aqueduct

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

On August 8, the Park Service invites the public to come to the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the Conococheague Aqueduct, the rewatering of the canal in that area, and the ground-breaking of the new headquarters for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. (more)

Man's Two Best Friends

Thursday, 25 July 2019

From Potomac Almanac, July 24-30, 2019, p. 2 — After a man got stuck in mud near the Potomac River, his two dogs, leashes still attached, got the attention of a cyclist on the C&O Canal Towpath near Little Falls dam. The dogs’ owner was out of sight 50 yards away but the dogs barked incessantly until the cyclist found the man and alerted Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. (more)

Hiker Dies from Heat on Billy Goat Trail

Thursday, 25 July 2019

From Potomac Almanac, July 24-30, 2019, p. 3 — A hiker died Saturday, July 20, from hypothermia while on the main section of the famous Potomac Billy Goat trail. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue performed CPR on Rachel Parkerson, 32 of Severn, after responding to a report of an unconscious female on the trail. (more)

Brandt announces retirement plans

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Kevin Brandt, superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, announced his intention to retire at the end of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30. In an email Kevin said, "I arrived at this decision after dedicating more than 40 years to preserving, protecting and sharing the resources and mission of the National Park Service."

Kevin began his tenure superintendent...

Swains Lockhouse Joins Canal Quarters Program

Saturday, 1 June 2019

From C&O Canal Trust — After three years of fundraising, planning, and construction, the doors to the newly-rehabilitated Swains Lockhouse will swing open to guests this summer! Come join us for our open house Saturday, June 29 from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m! Please note that parking is limited; consider parking at Great Falls or Pennyfield and hiking/biking into Swains. Either option is about 3 miles on the...

Mules, Music and More at Great Falls Park

Thursday, 30 May 2019

From Potomac Almanac: Visitors to Great Falls Park this past weekend were treated to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s first Spring in the Park. Saturday’s events, Mules, Music and More, featured Dolly, one of the mules that pull the Charles F. Mercer canal boat. Dolly was just back from her winter at Mount Vernon in Virginia, ready to greet visitors, especially the children...

National Park Service approves plan to repair, raise and resurface towpath

Monday, 15 April 2019

The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to stabilize a historic stone wall and raise parts of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) towpath, move it farther from the Potomac River and resurface it. The improvements will be made between McMahon’s Mill (milepost 88.1) and Lock 42 (milepost 89.0) in Washington County, Md. (more)

C&O Canal Park officials investigate graffiti in the Paw Paw tunnel

Friday, 5 April 2019

A $250 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who marred the Paw Paw tunnel with graffiti. Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the National Park Service  Investigative Service Branch. The identity of a person providing a tip is confidential and protected, by law, from public disclosure. (more)

C&O Canal to present concept designs for new Williamsport headquarters

Friday, 29 March 2019

As part of its commitment to collaborate with the community, the NPS is soliciting feedback on the conceptual plans for the relocation of the park’s headquarters to the former Miller Lumber Company site. That site is located in the Williamsport Historic District, and is adjacent to the canal. Both the C&O Canal and the Williamsport Historic District are listed in the National Register of Historic...

Spring Events at C&O Canal National Historical Park

Monday, 4 March 2019

Spring is a wonderful time to explore the wonders of the C&O Canal. Come for a visit and bike or walk the towpath, stop by a visitor center,enjoy the arrival of spring, or attend one of our special events. The park is open daily, and visitors are welcometo join rangers for special events and programs, March through May. (more)

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