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Trust Partners with Smithsonian Associates for C&O Canal Tour

Smithsonian Associates group visits Great Falls in the C&O Canal NHP. Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie

The C&O Canal Trust partnered with Smithsonian Associates to provide a day-long tour of the C&O Canal National Historical Park on June 2. Thirty-six participants braved the heat to explore several parts of the Park, including Great Falls and Rileys Lock. The tour included a guided tour of Lockhouse 22 at Pennyfield. Lockhouse 22 is one of seven rehabilitated lockhouses in the Canal Quarters program, which gives visitors the opportunity to book up to three consecutive nights in a historic lockhouse.

Smithsonian Associates tours Pennyfield Lockhouse. Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie

Director of Programs and Partnerships Aidan Barnes planned and led the tour with the help of five Trust staff and volunteer leaders. The group learned about the history of the C&O Canal and the important work of the Trust. Back in December, Aidan gave an online presentation about the C&O Canal and the Trust through Smithsonian Associates. Both the Trust and Smithsonian Associates are engaging in conversations to continue this partnership.

Smithsonian Associates group learns about the history of Rileys Lock. Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie