Potomac is another great example of a town that’s growth was affected greatly by the C&O Canal. When the Canal reached Potomac from Georgetown, farmers in the area were able to acquire fertilizer from Washington, D.C. and then transport their crops back to the city for sale.
After surviving the Civil War with less destruction than many surrounding areas, Potomac began to grow—especially with the affluent. Today it is one of the wealthiest areas, per capita, in the nation—home to foreign dignitaries, politicians, famous entertainers and athletes, and leaders of business and industry. Potomac’s proximity to the river and many natural resources adds to its allure.