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Near Point of Rocks in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Canal Home

 
 
A Canal Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 1, 2017
1. A Canal Home Marker
Inscription. The canal company supplied locktenders with a house next to the lock which enabled them to work the lock day and night. The house provided more than a roof over their heads; it was a stable home for their families. For children, used to the transient canal boat life, a permanent home meant a chance to attend school and make lasting friends.

In addition to the house, locktenders received a small monthly salary and an acre of land. The low pay meant locktenders had to supplement their incomes. A garden plot helped put food on the table and any excess produce could be traded with boatmen for coal and other necessities. Women baked bread or pies for trade. Children contributed by helping in the garden and at the lock, as well as by fishing or hunting muskrats for the canal company's bounty reward.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 16.881′ N, 77° 32.865′ W. Marker is near Point of Rocks, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. Click for map. The marker is located about 20 yards east of Lockhouse 28 on the C&O Canal towpath. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks MD 21777, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this

Inset on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl
2. Inset on Marker
The son of the last locktender at Lock 28, Willie Fulton, Jr., and his family continued to call the lockhouse home for many years after the canal stopped running.
marker, measured as the crow flies. Lockhouse 28 (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle at Point of Rocks (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Clash On Loudoun Soil (approx. 0.7 miles away in Virginia); Point of Rocks (approx. 0.7 miles away); Loudoun County / Maryland (approx. mile away in Virginia); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Lockkeeper's Life (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Point of Rocks.
 
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Lockhouse 28 As Seen From The Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 1, 2017
3. Lockhouse 28 As Seen From The Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 10, 2017.
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