Canal boat out on the Potomac
Mules pull a Canal Boat on the Potomac


Within the larger context of the C&O Canal's history are many other stories. How was the canal constructed? How did the Civil War affect canal operations? What happened when floods came? What was life like for people who lived and worked along the canal?

Read about the canal's construction or operation. Learn about its arrival in Cumberland, MD, the western terminus. Find out about the many floods that hit the canal, the canal's role in the Civil War, the receivership era, and women's roles along the canal. Read about prehistoric archeology in the park.

Still want more information? The Historic Resource Study, done by Harlan D. Unrau in the 1970s and published in 2007 is available free. It's a huge file in pdf format, so it may take an extended amount of time to download. Although some information in the publication may now be considered out of date, it is an invaluable resource and a good jumping off point for more research.

Last updated: July 20, 2016

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