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Testimonials

"Canal Quarters is one of the most exciting and innovative interpretive programs in the National Park Service. It offers our visitors an opportunity to enjoy the park in a completely new way. It would be like being a lawyer and setting up your legal practice in Abraham Lincoln's law office in Springfield, Illinois!"

   Kevin Brandt, Superintendent, C&O Canal National Historical Park

“Having provided friends from overseas all they needed to tour the Capital properly and see all there was to see, Lockhouse 6 was absolute heaven for all of us. After they had done their touring, we retreated to peaceful, welcoming, and beautifully-situated Lockhouse 6, which provided a perfect and unique restorative calm. DC appears entirely different from this delightful perspective. None of us will forget the beauty of the Potomac [from the feeder canal trail].”

   John Butterworth
   Boston, MA
“I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed staying at the Pennyfield Lock house a few weeks ago. What an incredible and innovative program. I always wondered what it was like to stay in one of the homes, and now I know. This is a great program, that I feel, can only lead to great things for the park. I believe that if you experience history - through seeing, hearing, feeling, etc. - then history is alive. And when people feel that feeling, it can lead to educating others about the resource and helping to save the resource. A "win win" for all. The canal is a wonderful place, and its history is fascinating - keep up the GREAT work!”

   Suzanne Norris-Silvia, Taunton, MD
“We had a wonderful time during our stay in Lockhouse 6. My coworkers and I stayed over for one night and really loved the decorations and amenities. We were there during one of the snow storms and did not get to enjoy as much as we wanted outside the lockhouse, but inside we cooked, played games and danced the night away! The lockhouse was very clean and it provided all that was needed to maintain it this way. The beds were also very comfortable.”

“I have recommended this program to all my friends and will definitely plan to stay at a lockhouse in the near future.”

   Sabrina Delgado Arias, Rockville, MD
“We were looking for a special setting to host a dinner party for (local) river-loving friends moving to the west coast. They were thrilled wtih the idea. After we arrived, we enjoyed a bit of late afternoon sun and walked the canal path until dusk. Lockhouse 6 accomodated us perfectly - plenty of room, clean and well-provisioned for a small party to enjoy an evening of dining, talking and playing games. Not knowing what to expect once inside, the group came dressed more or less for camping, heavy boots, thermal underwear, etc.. We were pleasantly surprised to step into a (very!) warm, comfortable canal home. A few guests spent the night and were well-rested the next morning. We enjoyed coffee while sitting on the back porch and watched the early bird kayakers head over to the training area. Looking forward to visiting one of the other lockhouses in the spring. Thank you! ”

   Pam Ficca, Silver Spring, MD
“On December 29, 2009 our family of four from Gaithersburg, as well as my sister's family of four from Baltimore, spent the night in Lockhouse #6 in what would turn out to be an amazingly memorable evening. It was a cold and crystal clear day when we arrived at 3:30pm. We got all our gear moved into the Lockhouse and then we went on an excursion to Great Falls Park (MD) to see the falls at high water. All the deep snow that the Mid-Atlantic region received on Dec 19th was then melted into the Potomac River, so the view at Great Falls was quite spectacular.”

“We then returned to Lockhouse #6 to begin what our children (all in their 20's) had dubbed "Lockdown '09". Spending the night in such an historic place proved to be an incredibly exciting event. It was very much like spending the night in a museum. We thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures on the wall which told the story of the canal in the 50's (the era when the C&O Canal became part of the National Park system). With no TV or internet to entertain the group, we instead enjoyed a moon-lit hike down to the feeder canal (with no external lights) and an evening of cards and Monopoly before retiring for the night. The Lockhouse sleeps 8 people in beds, so it was a very comfortable evening for all. Adding to the comfort was the fact that #6 has heat, electricity, and an indoor bathroom/shower. So it was perfect for a winter excursion. We then enjoyed a lazy morning before heading out to do museums in DC the next day. ”

“We highly recommend this amazing opportunity for Washington natives and tourists alike. It is a memorable and extremely unique way to take advantage of all the best that DC has to offer!”

“Thanks for making this awesome opportunity available to the public. It represents what our National Park System is all about!!!”

   The Merritt Family, Gaithersburg, MD
“My stay at Lockhouse 6 provided me with a truly unique experience. After a record snow storm, and with 30" of snow on the ground, the canal was transformed into a winter wonderland. The lockhouse was a warm and very comfortable oasis. Staying in a lockhouse allowed me to enjoy the park's beauty and nature in a unique and much more personal way. I was transported in time, yet felt right at home.”

“The Canal Quarters program is wonderful -- enabling people to appreciate first-hand these historically important buildings that are part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. There is no more effective way to understand the important role that the canal has played in this region, and to make you feel a part of that history.”

   Michael Darzi, Rockville, MD
“After 25+ years of visiting Pennyfield, I feel as if we finally experienced the place. Thank you, thank you for such a wonderful weekend getaway! The lockhouse has been beautifully and lovingly restored to its former life. Canal Trust thought of EVERYTHING - lanterns where we needed them, an ax in the basement, a cart for hauling all our gear. We especially loved the backyard fire-pit, where we cooked all of our meals and enjoyed the night sounds. Thanks again for a memorable experience. We'll be back for sure! ”

   Shaun Curtis, Gaithersburg, MD
"Lockhouse 6 holds special appeal for me. It reminds me of my youth in the 1950s. It’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, exploring DC and Georgetown, or for kayaking enthusiasts who appreciate its easy access to the feeder canal."

   Robert Mertz, Bethesda, MD
“Experience history in Lockhouse 49. Spending the night in a lockhouse is like stepping back in time. Canal Quarters is an opportunity to live the life of as it was on the C&O.”

   Tom Riford, President
   Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau



To register for a stay, begin by selecting a Lockhouse:
Lockhouse 6 | Lockhouse 10 | Lockhouse 22 | Lockhouse 28 | Lockhouse 49


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The proceeds from Canal Quarters registrations support the ongoing efforts of the C&O Canal Trust to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The lockhouses in the program are overseen and maintained by volunteer Quartermasters for the use and enjoyment of park visitors.

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