• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • NEW Overnight parking system

    Before parking a vehicle overnight in any Canal Parking area, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Print your reciept and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center. More »

  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island, Jordan Junction and Big Woods Hiker Biker Campsites have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.

  • Boat Tours at Great Falls

    Due to low water levels in the Great Falls area, call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714) in advance of your trip to confirm the mule-drawn boat tour schedule.

  • Parking Lot Closure

    CSX is now beginning a phase of their bridge project that requires the closure of the Lock 74 parking lot for approximatly 18 months. Access to visitor parking near Lock 75 is now re-opened with a gravel parking lot at the site.

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 04/27/2013, 05/11/2013, 06/01/2013, 07/13/2013

    Location: Lockhouse 25, Edwards Ferry, Poolesville, MD Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM,11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fee Information: Free

Join C&O Canal staff and volunteers select weekends this summer as Lockhouse 25 (Edwards Ferry) is opened to the public for family exploration and activities. As part of the new C&O Canal Civic Engagement program, families will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on programs that will allow them to explore and  learn about life on the C&O Canal in the 19th century and its unique place in the story of the struggle for freedom and equality in our nation. Activities will include:

Mule Soup: Have you ever wondered what makes a mule a mule? Learn the science behind mules and why they are the perfect animal to work on the C&O Canal! (Appropriate for all, designed specifically for school-aged students, K-6)

Lockhouse Life: What was it like to be the child of a lockkeeper? How would your life have been different from that of other people your age? Learn about the day-to-day life of the average child living in a C&O Canal lockhouse before the Civil War and the lives of others they may have encountered in their time… (Appropriate for all ages, designed specifically for school-aged students, K-6)

Underground Railroad: What was the Underground Railroad and how did it connect to the C&O Canal? Learn about this pathway to freedom, the people who used it and how they knew where to go. (Appropriate for all ages, designed specifically for school-aged students, K-6)

Join the Signal Corps!: How did people communicate over long distances before telephones and computers? Learn how soldiers communicated using signal flags during the Civil War and why Edwards Ferry was an important place in the fight for freedom! (Appropriate for all ages, designed specifically for school aged students, K-6)

Saturday April 27, 1pm-3pm

Saturday May 11, 11am-1pm

Saturday June 1, 1pm-3pm

Saturday July 13, 1pm-3pm