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Contact: Catherine Bragaw, 301-491-6265
Cumberland, Md. --Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” That is exactly what people, businesses and governments in early America did as they settled the vast wilderness of the new country. On Saturday, October 28, at 10 a.m., the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) invites you to explore how our ancestors managed the new colonial landscape.
Join the one-hour program in the C&O Canal Building D, 10 Howard St., Canal Place in Cumberland with Paul Parish, a C&O Canal volunteer. Parish will focus on early American land surveying techniques and how the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company used these techniques to construct the canal from 1828-1850.
What were the warrants, patents, land measurements, fees and costs involved in making these early land purchases? Come find these answers and see original surveying instruments from Parish’s personal collection.Space for this program is limited to 30 participants. RSVP with your name and how many will be in your party. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kelsey Smith, assistant volunteer coordinator at e-mail us. For directions or additional information call the Cumberland Visitor Center at 301-722-8226.