• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Road to Big Slackwater Boat Ramp Closed

    For 60 days contractors will be replacing the bridge on the road to the the boat ramp. The road will be closed for non-offical traffic. More »

  • 15 Mile Creek Campground closed Evening of May 9

    Attention Campers: Fifteenmile Creek Campground will be closed for repairs May 9th, 5pm to May 10th, 1pm. **The nearest alternative car-camping sites are Paw Paw Tunnel located on Mile 156.1 or McCoys Ferry on Mile 110.4. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

Curriculum Workshops

Allegany County teachers help develop curriculum materials

Allegany County teachers developed curriculum materials for classes that visit Cumberland.

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Over the next five years the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in partnership with professional educators, communities, and partner organizations will develop a comprehensive park education program featuring interdisciplinary curriculum-based programs and resources for a variety of ages and grade levels.

The C&O Canal staff are transforming their education programs to meet state and Common Core Standards. We are developing standards-based programs at our three education sites: Cumberland, Williamsport, and Great Falls. These new programs will provide students with an interdisciplinary experience touching on a variety of subject areas and utilizing various methods for student engagement and active learning.

In summer of 2013, a group of teachers from Allegany County Public Schools attended a week-long workshop to develop a series of curriculum programs and resources for our most western park locations. These programs will be piloted in Spring 2014.

Starting in the fall, park staff will engage with educators at the east end of the park and continue curriculum development from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown in Washington DC to the rural farmlands and mountains in western Maryland. If you would like to apply for the Curriculum Development Workshop (a partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools) June 16-20 in Great Falls, contact us.

Did You Know?

Photo Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...