When the federal government purchased the abandoned C&O Canal in the 1930s, it was flood ravaged and suffering from neglect. In response to the onset of the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration established two Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps near Carderock, Maryland, just two miles upstream from Lockhouse 10. These camps, which housed African-Americans exclusively, provided work, education, and training for hundreds of unemployed youth. Over the course of 4 years, their labor, along with workers from the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the National Park Service (NPS) helped transform the C&O Canal into a resource worthy of protection and preservation. Their work set the stage for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and later generations of conservationists to advocate successfully for the national park which now exists.
Lockhouse 10, which was built in 1830 and originally remodeled by NPS crews in the twentieth century, has been furnished to evoke the 1930s, including its period kitchen and bathroom. It is located on the Clara Barton Parkway inside the Capital Beltway and offers proximity to numerous attractions in the Washington, DC area. Its forested environs are popular with outdoor enthusiasts including birders, hikers, bikers, runners, fishermen and canoers.
Please Note: Between January and May, 2019, construction work will be occurring around Lock 11 to restore and repair the nearby Rock Run Culvert (which runs underneath the canal between Lock 10 & 11). During construction, the towpath will be temporarily closed through the worksite, and a pedestrian bypass will be built to allow for continual visitor access down the towpath, extending from Lock 11 to the Lock 10 parking lot, and reconnecting at the towpath entrance to Lock 10. Please be advised that if you are planning to stay at Lockhouse 10 on a weekday during this time, you may hear the arrival of construction vehicles driving to the work site along the towpath around 7 a.m., and may encounter some minimal construction noise between the hours of 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Although weekend work is not expected, it may occur if time critical activities are needed to be completed for the construction work.
Features & Amenities
- 1930s kitchen with stove, oven and refrigerator
- 1930s bathroom with tub/shower
- Private screened porch
- One bedroom with double bed and trundle with two cots available in closet, one bedroom with three twins
- Central AC/heat
- Fire Ring
- Easy access to the Capital Beltway
- Linens and pillows not provided
- Fireplaces are NOT functional
8250 Clara Barton Parkway
Cabin John, MD 20818
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