Poolesville, MD, a small town of just over 5,000 people, and western Montgomery County are worthwhile diversions for Canal travelers.
Western Montgomery County is rich in history and restored structures. Some of these include the 1793 John Poole House, which has been restored as a gift and antique shop; the Seneca Schoolhouse museum, originally built in 1865, and the Old Town Hall Bank Museum and Exhibit Hall, which offers artifacts and displays illustrating Poolesville’s role in the Civil War.
A number of orchards, farms and vineyards provide opportunities to pick fruit, purchase nursery items and taste delicious wines from the area.
In addition to the towpath and the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, hikers can also wander around and over historic Sugarloaf Mountain, which was used as a lookout by both northern and southern troops in the Civil War.
With free parking downtown and a wide variety of shops and restaurants, a visit to Poolesville is a great way to spend part of your day.
To reach Poolesville from River Road, take Partnership Rd, Hughes Rd, or W. Willard Road.