Canal Boat Replica

If you have toured the C&O Canal, chances are you have learned a lot about the history of transportation and the Civil War. The only thing missing from your experience is the boat. Enter “The Cumberland” – a 93-foot long, 14.5 foot-wide replica canal boat. Here you will find guides in period clothing educating visitors about the history of the C&O Canal and daily life aboard a canal boat. You’ll be able to tour the mule shed, hay house, and furnished Captain's cabin. Constructed in 1976 as a bicentennial project for the C&O Canal, the full-sized replica is also used to interpret the canal story to school children. A typical canal boat hauled 120 tons of cargo and made the trip from Cumberland to Georgetown in five days.

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