Hancock Visitor Center

Musicians performing on the porch at the Bowles House Porch Pickin'.
Bowles House Porch Pickin'

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Address: 439 East Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750
Hours: Hancock Visitor Center is open Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Directions:

From the East: Take I-70 W to Hagerstown/Hancock and exit to left off interstate exit 3 (MD-144 to Hancock). After the ramp bear right on E Main St. and make the first left hand turn. Park in the C&O Canal parking lot. The Hancock Visitor Center in the Historic Bowles House is to the right of the parking lot as you are driving in on the access road (note that the Hancock Maintenance yard at the opposite end of the parking lot is only accessible for official business).

From the West: From the National Freeway take the I-70 E exit 82AB to Hagerstown/Hancock/Winchester. Continue on I-70 and exit off interstate exit 3 (MD-144 to Hancock). After the ramp bear right on E Main St. and make the first left hand turn. Park in the C&O Canal parking lot. The Hancock Visitor Center in the Historic Bowles House is to the right of the parking lot as you are driving in on the access road (note that the Hancock Maintenance yard at the opposite end of the parking lot is only accessible for official business).

Description:

Nestled along the towpath at milepost 123 in Hancock, Maryland, the charming Bowles House has seen its share of American history. Arguably as intriguing as the structure, which offers a beautiful example of early 18th century architecture, is the Bowles' rich history. First traced to Lord Baltimore of England, the parcel of land known as "Sarah's Fancy", was transferred to the Yates family around 1775. William Yates developed the land and built the original one-story home in 1785. The Yates family resided there during construction of the C&O Canal which passed through Hancock in 1839. In 1875, during the peak of C&O Canal operations, the Bowles family acquired the property and remained occupants for nearly four decades. In 1905 the house and surrounding property were purchased by the Little family who resided in the home until the 1980's.

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Last updated: September 22, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

(301) 739-4200

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