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C & O Canal National Historical Park Announces Summer Programs for Washington and Frederick Counties

C & O Canal National Historical Park Announces Summer Programs for Washington and Frederick Counties

The C & O Canal National Historical Park announces the summer program schedule for the area between Point of Rocks, Maryland and Hancock, Maryland.
The Williamsport Visitor Center, located at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, MD, is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm April 17 through October 10. The Hancock Visitor Center will be open Friday-Tuesday, 9am-4:30pm through October 26, 2008. The park's visitor center at the Brunswick Railroad Museum will be open Friday-Sunday.
The Lander Lockhouse will be open every Saturday, 11am-2pm through October 18, 2008. Lander Lockhouse is located off Lander Road just west of Point of Rocks. Park volunteers will offer visitors a tour of the historically furnished lockhouse.
Harpers Ferry is the site of a canal walk that explores life along the canal. Program begins in lower town Harpers Ferry at noon, Friday through Monday through September 7.
Ferry Hill will be open for tours exploring plantation life and civil war history. Located across the Potomac River from Shepherdstown, Ferry Hill will be open every weekend through September 1 from 12pm to 4pm.
Several programs will be available at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Maryland. Building America's Canals, an exhibit organized by the National Canal Museum, will be open daily from 10am-4pm. With hands-on activities, children and adults alike can explore how canals were built. A ranger will lead canal basin tours, which will explore the Cushwa Basin in greater depth, daily at noon. Lock demonstrations allowing visitors to understand how boats "locked" through will be presented at Lock 44 on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm Two hour long ranger-led bike rides are offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10am.
Campfire programs will be presented by park rangers at the McCoys Ferry campground on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 7pm. Join a ranger at Four Locks parking lot on Sundays at 1pm for a one-hour walking tour exploring the history of the Four Locks community and the role it played in supporting the canal. McCoys Ferry and Four Locks are located near Clear Spring, Maryland off of Route 56.
For more information or for group tours of any of the C & O Canal sites mentioned at other times, please call the Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.

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