Swain's Lockhouse Restoration
The Friends have 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 is in dire need of structural and architectural repairs in order to preserve the building. The restored lockhouse will be 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 are targeted to furnishing the restored lockhouse and building a lockkeeper's shanty next to the lock, just as when the canal was operational.
The fundraising by the Friends and the Association effort is being done in memory of Rachel Stewart who passed away in 2015. Rachel was a member of the Friends and a long time member of the Association, having served as its President for three terms. The Friends and the Association have contributed $25,000 to support the restoration. The Park Service plans to award contracts for the work in late 2017. We can anticipate the need for additional funds once programs begin at the restored lockhouse.
Photo © James W. Moore. Used by permission.