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The History of the C&O Canal

Learn more about the C&O Canal’s storied 200-year history.

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April 25, 2024

Celebrating National Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month! This month-long celebration of unique and diverse histories and cultures began in 1973 as National Preservation Week. In 2005, National Preservation Week was extended to…
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February 26, 2024

The Trails Less Traveled

The Billy Goat Trails in Potomac, MD, are some of the most popular trails within the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). Each year, millions of visitors come to the…
June 15, 2023

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…
January 25, 2022

Seeking Freedom Beyond the C&O Canal

The Potomac River and its companion C&O Canal were the northern boundary of the Confederate states.  Many people fled to that boundary and the Union protection beyond it.  A curious…
April 15, 2020

Women on the C&O Canal

To celebrate Women's History Month we are taking a look at the roles women played on the C&O Canal. Much of the canal’s history focuses on men, but thanks to…
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April 2, 2020

C&O Canal Aqueducts

Eleven aqueducts stand along the C&O Canal – some of the most impressive of the canal structures that stand today. Aqueducts transported the canal over streams and tributaries. Several have…