The C&O Canal Trust is seeking skilled, motivated volunteers for an exciting new program!
The C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service, will soon debut an exciting and unique program, Canal Quarters, in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Canal Quarters will provide visitors to the park with an educational and interpretive experience unlike anything available elsewhere in our national park system.
Beginning this summer, visitors to the C&O Canal will be able to learn and experience first-hand what it was like to be a locktender on the 18S-mile long canal and stay overnight in a historic lockhouse.
Lockhouses 6 (Brookmont), 22 (Pennyfield), 28 (Point of Rocks), and 49 (Four Locks) are the first scheduled to open. These original structures, dating from the 1830s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, served as homes for the locktenders, the men who opened and closed the lock gates for the mule-pulled canal boats, and their families.
Canal Quarters will require active and regular involvement by volunteer organizations and individuals to oversee and maintain the structures used by the public. The C&O Canal Trust is responsible for the recruitment, oversight, and recognition of the volunteer corps-known as Quartermasters-with the close involvement and oversight of the National Park Service.
Click here for information on becoming a Canal Quartermaster.
Did You Know?
Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.