Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Great Falls Tavern
—Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park —
Panel 1 - plaque on the C&O tow path:
Life was very different around the Great Falls Tavern during the canal era. The building before you began as a small lockhouse and was added onto twice until it became what you see today. The area around the tavern bustled with a community of over 100 people including a post office. Passenger boats left here taking tourists on a leisurely overnight trip to Harpers Ferry, 50 miles up canal. After the great flood of 1889 the Great Falls Tavern became a private club until the National Park Service acquired it in 1938.
Great Falls Tavern – 1889: Passengers boarded boats at Great Falls for overnight trips to Harpers Ferry.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Panel 2 - plaque on exterior wall at main entrance to the Visitors Center:
Great Falls Tavern
Built between 1828 and 1831
by the C & O Canal Company,
the tavern provided meals
and lodging for
canal travelers and boatmen
for nearly a century.
National Capital Sesquicentennial Commission
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior/National
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 0.016′ N, 77° 14.91′ W. Marker is in Potomac, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on C&O Canal Tow Path west of MacArthur Blvd./Great Falls Road Climb. Click for map. Marker Panel 1 is on the opposite side of the tow path, southeast of the Great Falls Tavern-Visitors Center. Marker Panel 2 is on the exterior wall at the main entrance to the Tavern-Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac MD 20854, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Lift Lock (a few steps from this marker); Washington Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker); Creating a National Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olmsted Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); People and the Potomac (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); River of Change (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); A Globally Rare Environment (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); The Patowmack Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Potomac.
Also see . . . Great Falls Tavern Vistior Center. (Submitted on November 26, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Henry Williams, canal boat captain; Washington Aqueduct.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 7. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.