Swains Lockhouse Open House:
Saturday, June 29, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us and get a peek inside the newest Canal Quarters lockhouse! Newly-rehabilitated, the lockhouse depicts the 1916 time period, with period furnishings and stories about the canal and the Swain family who lived within its walls for over a century! Learn more here.
11700 Swains Lock Rd., Potomac, MD 20854, mile marker 16.7.
Parking at Swains Lockhouse is limited; please consider parking at Pennyfield or Great Falls and hiking/biking to Swains on the towpath.
About the Rehabilitation
Swains Lockhouse, the popular C&O Canal access spot in Potomac, had fallen into disrepair and had suffered from several run-ins with vandals. The C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park recognized that if we did not act, this iconic property would be lost forever!
Over the past three years, we have rehabilitated the lockhouse. It will be used as one of our Canal Quarters lockhouses, where guests can stay overnight and experience life along the canal. It will also be used as a multi-use space for interpretive programs like Canal Classrooms.
Bert Swain, who grew up in Lockhouse 21, has shared some of his family stories in three of our most popular blog posts:
After three years of fundraising, planning, and construction, the doors to the newly-rehabilitated Swains Lockhouse will swing open to guests this summer. This historic lockhouse, located at a popular entrance point to the C&O Canal National Historical Park at Lock 21 in Potomac, Maryland, will join the C&O Canal Trust’s award-winning Canal Quarters program as the seventh lockhouse available to guests for overnight stays. (more…)
Thank You Sponsors
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority – Heritage Montgomery
C&O Canal Association
The Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern
Robert A. Pascal
Knight and Ann Kiplinger
The Kiplinger Foundation
A.R. Landsman Foundation
C&O Canal Association
Steve and June Chaudet
Paul and Gail Chod
Maryland State Questers – Captain John Chapter
John and April Delaney
Ashby and Katie Chamberlin
John Guttmann and Holly Cannon
Ted and Grace Anne Koppel
Mike and Sue Mitchell
Bud and Dell Cline
Kettner and Dana Griswold
John and Rachel King
Michael and Kathie Williams