C&O Canal announces summer program schedule

The C & O Canal National Historical Park announces the summer programschedule for Allegany County, Maryland, and the area between Point ofRocks and Hancock, Maryland.

Allegany County

The C & O Canal National Historical Park will be offering several regularlyscheduled tours and programs to the public between Cumberland and the Paw Paw Tunnel during thesummer months.

The Cumberland Visitor Center, located in the Western MarylandRailway Station at 13 Canal Street in Cumberland, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round.  The replica canal boat "The Cumberland"located at Canal Place will be open for touring Thursdaythrough Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. from May 31 ? September 20.

Cumberland Basin Walk/Talks will be offered Saturday and Sundayafternoons at 3:15 p.m. from May 31 through August 31.  Visitors should meet the ranger at the mulesculpture on the plaza at the Western Maryland Railway Station for the approximately30 minute walk to learn more about the busy western terminus of the canal.

 Lockhouse 75 at North Branch, 5 miles south of Cumberland, is open for touring on Saturdaysand Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 31 through August 31. Staffedby members of the C & O Canal Association, the lockhouse is also open onLabor Day.  Lockhouse 70 at Oldtown, 15miles south of Cumberland, will be open Saturdays and Sundaysfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 31 ? August 31.  A program entitled "Locktender’s Life" willbe presented on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at either Lockhouse 75 or Lockhouse70.  Call the Cumberland Visitor Center at (301) 722-8226 for specificdates and locations.

Guided tours of the Paw Paw Tunnel are offered on Saturdays and Sundaysat 2 p.m. from May 31 ? August 31, 2008.  Meet a ranger at the tunnel entrance,one-half mile from the visitor parking area off MD Rt. 51 South, 25 milessoutheast of Cumberland. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes for the one hourhike to explore the single largest structure along the C & O Canal.

 For more information or for group tours of any of the C & O Canal sites mentioned at other times,please call the Cumberland Visitor Center at 301-722-8226.

Point of Rocks, Maryland and Hancock, Maryland

The Williamsport Visitor Center, located at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, MD, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 17 through October 10.  The Hancock Visitor Center will be open Friday ? Tuesday, 9 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m.through October 26, 2008.  The park’svisitor center at the Brunswick Railroad Museum will be open Friday ? Sunday.

The Lander Lockhouse will be openevery Saturday, 11 a.m. ? 2 p.m. through October 18, 2008.  Lander Lockhouse is located off Lander Road just west of Point of Rocks.  Park volunteers will offer visitors a tour ofthe historically furnished lockhouse.

Harpers Ferry is the site of a canal walk thatexplores life along the canal.  Programbegins in lower town Harpers Ferry at 12 noon , Friday through Monday throughSeptember 7.

Ferry Hill will be open for tours exploring plantation life and civil warhistory.  Located across the Potomac River from Shepherdstown, Ferry Hill willbe open every weekend through September 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Several programs will be available at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Maryland. Building America’s Canals, an exhibit organized bythe National Canal Museum, will be open daily from 10 a.m. ? 4 p.m. Withhands-on activities, children and adults alike can explore how canals werebuilt.  Canal basin tours which willexplore the Cushwa Basin in greater depth will be led by a ranger dailyat 12 noon.   Lockdemonstrations allowing visitors to understand howboats "locked" through will be presented at Lock 44 on Saturdays and Sundays at2:30 p.m.  Two hour longranger-led bike rides are offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m.

Campfire programs will be presented by park rangers at the McCoy's Ferrycampground on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 7 p.m. Join a ranger at Four Locks parking lot on Sundays at 1 p.m. for a one-hour walking tourexploring the history of the Four Locks community and the role it played insupporting the canal.  McCoy's Ferry andFour Locks are located near Clear Spring, Maryland off of Route 56.

For more information or for grouptours of any of the C & O Canal sites mentioned at other times,please call the Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.

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