Hikers along canal

About the C&O Canal Association


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On March 19, 1954 Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, reporters and thirty-two others began their eight-day hike to save the canal. From this assembly nine completed the entire hike.…

What is the difference between the C&O Canal Association and the C&O Canal Trust?

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  C&O Canal Association is an all-volunteer, independent organization, while C&O Canal Trust is an official partner of the park with a paid staff. These distinctions give the two organizations…


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The C&O Canal Association is an all-volunteer, independent organization of citizens dedicated to preserving and protecting the historical and natural resources of the 184-mile long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National…

Past presidents

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Lewis W. Schollenberger, 1957 Grant Conway, 1958-61 William E. Davies, 1962 Walter Sanderlin, 1963 Gordon Keating, 1964 Ellery Fosdick, 1965 Paul E. Hauck, 1966 Michael Nadel, 1967 George Kline, 1968…

Archival resources

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Our archives are maintained as part of the Special Collections of the Gelman Library at George Washington University. They are available to the public in suite 704 of the Library…

Key documents

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Bylaws in PDF format Articles of incorporation Leadership directory that describes the functions of officers, directors, and committee chairs