The National Park Service has approved a plan to move the C&O Canal headquarters to the former Miller Lumber Company site in Williamsport, Md. Construction of the park headquarters will begin in 2020 and is projected to be completed in late 2021. The new headquarters will bring about 70 jobs with an annual payroll of about $5 million to Williamsport. The park held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project in August 2019.
When the project is complete, school groups, neighbors and other visitors will have better opportunities to connect with the historic canal waterway. Currently, the C&O Canal headquarters is located in Hagerstown, a 20-minute drive from the nearest park location in Williamsport. Moving the park headquarters to a location closer to the park will improve efficiency and enhance the park experience for visitors.
The C&O Canal recently completed a two-year project at Williamsport to restore the Conococheague Aqueduct, where visitors can experience the only watered, operational canal aqueduct in North America.
Last updated: September 19, 2020