“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brunswick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Water Power

Water Power Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
1. Water Power Marker
Inscription. Canal water was an important ingredient in the production of "C.F. Wenner's Choice Family Flour." Brunswick businessman Charles F. Wenner drew surplus water from the canal near Lock 30 to power the wheels and turbines of his flour mill. Wenner was one of several 19th century entrepreneurs who expanded the use of the C&O Canal beyond navigational purposes. Along the canal other businessmen built mills that processed items such as corn, wheat, cotton, and lime.

The mills served as the foundation of many communities that formed along the canal. Towns grew and prospered as other businesses including stores, warehouses, and lumber yards opened to provide services. Gradually people became attached to the way of life that evolved around the canal. Although some towns, like Brunswick, survived the demise of the canal in 1924, many people never regained the sense of community that the waterway forged. They mourned not only the loss of a convenient transportation route and power source, but also their dying heritage.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 18.672′ N, 77° 37.767′ W. Marker is in Brunswick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from South Maple Avenue
Water Power Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
2. Water Power Marker
, on the right. Click for map. Located just to the east of Lock 30 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. Marker is in this post office area: Brunswick MD 21716, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berlin (within shouting distance of this marker); Brunswick (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Brunswick (about 600 feet away); Train No. 286 Bell Memorial (about 600 feet away); One Time Rivals (about 800 feet away); M-5 "JEB Stuart" Tank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frederick County / Washington County (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Independent Loudoun Rangers (approx. 2.6 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Brunswick.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of the mill, captioned, "The mill's strategic location made it a center of activity. It had docking facilities for canal boats and railroad cars. It was also easily accessible to farmers from both Maryland and Virginia. The building, used until 1962, burned in 1972." On the upper right is a portrait of "Charles Fenton Wenner (1825-1882) took advantage of the many economic opportunities afforded by the canal. In addition to the mill, Wenner owned 550 acres of farmland,
Old Mill Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
3. Old Mill Grounds
two canal boats, and two warehouses."
Also see . . .  Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 876 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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