April 18, 2014

By Karen Nitkin, The Baltimore Sun

For anyone who enjoys bike riding or hiking, the path along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is special.

Riding there on a recent chilly spring morning, I see the Potomac River to my left, serene in some spots, roaring with foamy fury in others. To my right, the opaque emerald of the canal's sluggish water glints in the sun, chopped into segments by wooden locks. Mallards bob in groups and egrets take flight as joggers keep pace alongside their ...

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April 17, 2014

By Greg Larry, Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND – The National Park Service held a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday for a new program called Canal Classrooms, which will offer students pre-K through fifth grade accredited classwork on the Canal Place grounds.

In conjunction with the Allegany County Board of Education, the National Park Service developed the program so students could have a hands-on learning experience in history and science while experiencing a national park.
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Imagine that a place you love, a place of refuge and retreat, is threatened with destruction in order to make way for a shopping center or an office building or a highway. What would you do?

That was exactly the situation Justice William O. Douglas faced early in 1954 when the neglected remnants of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal were threatened by the construction of a scenic highway. The proposed project would be much like Skyline Drive built right next to, if ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canal Quarters, an innovative program that preserves and provides public use of historic lockkeepers’ houses along the 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP) Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation in a Capitol Hill ceremony today. The Canal Quarters program was created and operates through a partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the non-profit ...

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Monday, February 26, 2014

By Dave McMillion, Herald-Mail

Williamsport, Md. — It might not have been ideal Chesapeake and Ohio Canal weather for a lot of people in recent weeks, but one group has been talking enthusiastically about getting out in the park to do whatever they can for the popular landmark.

Several years ago, volunteers in the Georgetown section of the canal in Washington, D.C., started doing trail maintenance, such as painting, picking up trash and trimming trees, ...

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