Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern

Swain's Lockhouse Restoration

The Friends joined with the C&O Canal Trust, the C&O Canal Association and the National Park Service in a $300,000 project to restore Swain's lockhouse at Lock 21 of the canal. The lockhouse was in dire need of structural and architectural repairs in order to preserve the building. The newly restored lockhouse is used for three purposes: a lockhouse in the Trust's Canal Quarters program; a part of the Canal Classrooms education program; and occasionally for exhibits by local photographers and artists. Funds raised by the Friends and the Association totaled $25,000.

Photo © James W. Moore. Used by permission.

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Before Reconstruction

After Reconstruction

The Friends, as well as their partners in the project, were awarded the Maryland Preservation Award for Project Excellence in Preservation Partnerships by the Maryland Historical Trust.