[Slideshow] Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by Elizabeth McNamara 3 Comments

As you’ll read in Preservation’s Fall 2012 issue, last October my husband and I spent two nights in rehabilitated historic lockhouses along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal outside Washington, DC. We’re both native Washingtonians, and yet in less than 48 hours we absorbed more cool facts about our city’s early history than we ever anticipated. Thanks to the Canal Quarters program, which rents out six restored lockhouses to guests, we experienced the 184.5-mile-long waterway as never before.

In anticipation of our Fall issue, I hope you enjoy these pictures of the historic canal, lockhouses, and surrounding parkland.

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3 Responses

  1. Susie Armstrong

    September 23, 2012

    Just finished Wilderness Voyageurs’ Allegheny Gap/C&O Canal bike ride, and had a chance to see some of these restored lockhouses, and a lock in action. Your pictures are lovely, and the C&O canal is a historic and natural treasure! What a treat to be able to spend time on parts other than here in our DC back yard.

  2. Anne Shisler-Hughes

    September 24, 2012

    Absolutely wonderful!

  3. John Concillo

    October 2, 2012

    The C & O Canal is a national treasure. A undeveloped open space virtually in the backyard of our capital city. This precious resource was almost paved over in the 1950’s! More about Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the man who single highhandedly may have saved it at williamodouglas.org.