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Jon Wolz will lead a hike to the site of the Civil War fort that was built and occupied by companies of the 10th Vermont Regiment between December 1862 and April 1863. The crescent shaped fort was made of earth and timbers. Along the way, Jon will point out canal features and describe canal history. The walk goes by Lock 26 (Wood’s Lock) and will go to White’s Ford to look out across the Potomac River. Near the ford, is culvert #63 and across the river channel from the culvert, high up in a giant sycamore tree is a bald eagle’s nest. Two eagles have been seen recently on limbs in the tree. Walking back up the towpath, hikers will take a path across the canal that follows the berm side and up a hillside paralleling a stream to a field. After walking across a field, the hikers will enter the woods at the site of the fort. The fort directly overlooks White’s Ford.

Rendezvous at 10:30 a.m. at the Dickerson Conservation Park parking lot. The walk will be three miles roundtrip. Please sign up in advance with Jon Wolz at or at 240-888-5367. The hike will be limited to fifteen people and please remember to bring and wear your mask.