Protecting the Canal since 1954

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association is an independent, all-volunteer citizens organization established in 1954 to help conserve the natural and historical environment of the C&O Canal and the Potomac River Basin. The association works with the National Park Service in its efforts to preserve and promote the 184-mile towpath.
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Douglas picnic April 24

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We will use an informal picnic April 24 at Fort Frederick State Park to celebrate the 67th anniversary of Justice William O. Douglas' 1954 hike to publicize the C&O Canal.…

Annual meeting will be virtual March 20

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The C&O Canal Association annual meeting will be held 2 p.m. March 20. Because of the pandemic, the meeting will be virtual. The meeting will use Zoom video conference software.…
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Happy Friday! This week’s WCHS Photo of the Week is of Fort Frederick.

This remarkably crisp image shows the interior of Fort Frederick, including its stone walls and barracks, each with a second floor landing and railings. Originally constructed in 1756, Fort Frederick was built to defend Washington County’s earliest settlers during the French and Indian War.
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