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. To date the Friends and the Association have raised over $20,000 towards our goal of $25,000. Restoration will begin in early 2017.

You can contribute below, by using your credit card via PayPal or by mailing a check.

To donate using your PayPal account, a credit card, or a debit card:

To donate by writing a check:

If you prefer to pay by check, make the check payable to Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern with a memo line of "Swain's lockhouse", and mail it to the address shown at the bottom of this page. Please include your address so the contribution can be acknowledged.

Photo © James W. Moore. Used by permission.

Please click on the button at the right. You will be taken to the PayPal site where you can make your donation from your PayPal account or from a credit or debit card.

100% of contributions for the Swains Lockhouse restoration will go directly to that project and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The C&O Canal Trust has written about their role in the project.