Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a lockhouse or wondered what it was like to live and work along the canal? Well now you can!
Canal Quarters offers an extraordinary interpretive opportunity for people of all ages. Now, for the first time ever, you can stay overnight in a lockhouse and experience life as it may have been during a bygone era on the C&O Canal. Six lockhouses have been painstakingly rehabilitated and furnished to evoke different eras in the canal's history.
Lockhouse 22 and Lockhouse 28 allow you to see what life was like during the establishment and construction of the canal in the 1830s. The furnishings in Lockhouse 49 reflect the period around the turn of the 19th century, toward the end of the canal's operations. Lockhouse 6 is furnished as it may have been in the 1950s to tell the story of the campaign to preserve the canal led by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. Lockhouse 25 invites visitors to experience the canal as it may have been during the Civil War, and Lockhouse 10 transports guests back to the era of the New Deal when an African American Civilian Conservation Corps crew based at Carderock performed restoration work on the canal.
Photo Credits: LH6 & 49 - Roy Sewall
LH22 - Chris Hanessian
These houses are just a few of the more than 1,300 historic structures in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. (Did you know the C&O has more historic structures than any other national park in the country?) Each lockhouse is over 170 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to a special partnership between the National Park Service and the C&O Canal Trust, they are now open to the public for everyone to enjoy.
Visit the C&O Canal NHP's website for information about the park, including maps, visitor center hours of operation, and other interpretive programs.
We strongly encourage you to check out the Canal Quarters FAQ page to answer any questions you may have.
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The proceeds from Canal Quarters registrations support the ongoing efforts of the C&O Canal Trust to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The lockhouses in the program are overseen and maintained by volunteer Quartermasters for the use and enjoyment of park visitors.
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