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Contact: Hollie Lynch, 301.491.0149
Hancock, MD - The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park will feature a variety of programs during the Hancock Apple Festival, September 17 - 18, 2011, in Hancock, Maryland. On Saturday, September 17th at 11:00 a.m. C&O Canal Bike Patrol Volunteers will participate in the Hancock Apple Festival Parade along with a float featuring the new C&O Canal Launch Boat. The launch boat will remain on display at the festival throughout the afternoon.
During the 2-day festival, be sure to stop by the C&O Canal tent between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., located on the festival grounds. In addition to park history the tent will feature C&O Canal Association information.
Saturday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. join us on the front porch of the Bowles House Visitor Center and enjoy local musicians performing bluegrass music.
Sunday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. until noon, join a park ranger to 'Bike through History', a 9 mile loop ride on the C&O Canal towpath from the Bowles House Visitor Center to the Round Top Cement Mill Ruins. The 2-hour program provides a great opportunity to learn about canal operations near Hancock and see historic structures including Lock 52 remains, Tonoloway Aqueduct and the unique geological feature known as Devil's Eyebrow. Children 15 years of age and under are required to wear helmets by Maryland State Law. Please bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.
In addition to festival programming, the C&O Canal's Hancock Visitor Center, the Bowles House, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday to Tuesday, Memorial Day Weekend through late October. The historic home features a variety of video, photographs and exhibits that interpret the stories of families who occupied the home and canal operations in Hancock, Maryland. The visitor center is located at 439 E. Main Street, Hancock, Maryland 21750.
For more information on hours of operation, programming or to schedule a tour please contact the C&O Canal Hancock Visitor Center at 301-745-5817.
Stretching 184.5 miles from the heart of Georgetown in Washington D.C. to the scenic mountain views of Cumberland in Western Maryland, the C&O Canal was the backbone of numerous communities during canal operations. Thousands of immigrants established these communities while laboring along the canal, some in search of a better life, and some for the lure of constructing a grand canal in a new nation. Today, over 4 million visitors seek the park each year to discover and explore a variety of natural, cultural and recreational resources.