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Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lockhouse 22

 
 
Lockhouse 22 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 7, 2010
1. Lockhouse 22 Marker
Inscription. If walls could talk then Lockhouse 22 could tell some tales. One might hear about President Grover Cleveland who sought refuge from the pressures of the White HOuse by coming here on fishing trips. Or perhaps the lockhouse would tell of one lockkeeper who had too much to drink and let the water out of the lock too quickly, sinking a canal boat and its 113 tons of coal. The stories of a lockhouse are the stories of life along the C&O Canal.

Built in 1832, Lock 22 is nicknamed "Pennyfield Lock" after father and son lockkeepers, George and Charlie Pennyfield. George tended this lock from 1890-1910; his son Charlie joined him on the C&O payroll in 1900. Charlie was the last lockkeeper to live in and work from this lockhouse. The Pennyfield family remained at the lock after the canal closed in 1924.

Canal Quarters
Experience history...spend the night in a lockhouse!

Ever wonder what it was like to live in a lockhouse? Spend the night in one of several lockhouses along the canal. Step back in time and immerse yourself in history. If you listen closely, you may hear voices from the past whispering their stories. For more information visit www.canalquarters.org.
 
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of
Lockhouse 22 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 7, 2010
2. Lockhouse 22 and Marker
the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.221′ N, 77° 17.335′ W. Marker is in Potomac, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Pennyfield Lock Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the Pennyfield Lock section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath Park. Parking lot reached from River Road (MD 190). Marker is in this post office area: Potomac MD 20854, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Traveler's Impressions of Montgomery County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Life During Encampment in Montgomery County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Washington's Canal (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Potomac River (approx. 2.1 miles away); Watering the Canal (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rowser's Ford (approx. 2.4 miles away in Virginia); Crossing the Potomac at Rowser's Ford (approx. 2.4 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Rowser’s Ford (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Lockhouse 22 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 7, 2010
3. Lockhouse 22
Lockhouse and Lock #22 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 7, 2010
4. Lockhouse and Lock #22
The lock is currently undergoing restoration.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 748 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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