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2009 Holiday Special Event at Great Falls

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Date: November 22, 2009

  C&O Canal National Historical Park News Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Myers, 301-767-3714

Holiday Music at the Historic Great Falls Tavern

Potomac, MD. – The C&O Canal National Historical Park invites you to celebrate the holiday season at the Great Falls Tavern on Saturday, December 5 th from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Festivities will feature a free concert of 19 th Century musical selections by the Gilmore’s Light Ensemble. Light refreshments will be available, and a $5.00 entrance fee to the park, per single vehicle, will be charged.
The Gilmore’s Light Ensemble, dressed in mid-1800's era clothing, compose traditional 19th century music using hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and accordion instruments.
The Great Falls, Maryland area of the C & O Canal National Historical Park is located at the intersection of Falls Rd. and MacArthur Blvd. in Potomac, Maryland. For more information about the concert and the park, contact Mark Myers at 301-767-3714.



Did You Know?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.