Cabin John in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
After being neglected for nearly a decade, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal received new life with the New Deal programs in the late 1930s. Two African American Civilian Conservation Corps camps were setup at nearby Cabin John and Carderock to restore the first 22 miles of the canal. With help from Public Works Administration workers and Historic American Building Survey architects, they rehabilitated this lock and lockhouse in one of the first federal historic preservation efforts.
The new deal programs largely ended in 1942, with the onset of World War II, However, their work set a precedent of preserving canal resources while developing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone. Without their hard work, this park would not be what it is today. Experience this legacy of stewardship by visiting Lockhouse 10.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series lists.
Location. 38° 58.335′ N, 77° 10.086′ W. Marker is in Cabin John, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Clara Barton Parkway 1½ miles from Capital Beltway Inner Loop (Interstate 495), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8250 Clara Barton Parkway, Cabin John MD 20818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. At All Hours (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Gate Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Swing-Gate Locks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lock-Keepers (approx. 0.2 miles away); "…an extravagant expression of Victorian romanticism." (approx. one mile away); "The best scenery lies beyond the city, especially in the neighborhood of Cabin John Creek…" (approx. one mile away); Building The Cabin John Bridge (approx. one mile away); Early Blacksmith Shop (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cabin John.
More about this marker. Marker on Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath at Lock 10, accessible from the Clara Barton Parkway eastbound.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.