At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the nation's capital.
Archeological objects systematically recovered from within the park's boundaries and associated field records; historic objects and documents related to George Washington's involvement with the construction of the Patowmack Canal Company system of canals along the Potomac River; historic objects and documents related to the construction and operation of the Patowmack Canal and the Patowmack Canal Company; historic objects and documents related to the settlement of Matildaville and associated industries.
(George Washington Memorial Parkway)