May 20, 2018
2:00:00 pm – 3:00:00 pm
Hosted by Ranger Jeff Sutter, a 20 year National Park Service veteran and historian, this walking tour will take us on a behind the scenes journey into the history and inner workings of the C&O Canal. Operating for nearly 100 years, the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market.
Our tour will include a full historical overview, an opportunity to see the locks and how they work (no water due to construction), and the chance to meet the mule teams that were used to pull long boats along the canal on the towpath we all enjoy now for hiking and biking. The tour will conclude at 3:00pm, but you are invited to stay to explore the park. Thank you to our Regional Board Member, Major General Ed Jackson ’86, for making this event possible!
We will meet on the Maryland side of Great Falls National Park (11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854). Plenty of parking is available, but there is a $10 park entry fee per vehicle.
Registration for the walking tour is just $5/member (max of 4) and $15/non-member. Please note that registration does not include the vehicle entry fee. Questions? Contact email@example.com.