Cabin John in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In the 1830's the wage for operating one lock was one hundred fifty dollars a year plus the use of a four room lockhouse and an acre of land for a vegetable garden. It was canal company policy to hire "stable" married men with large families, whose children could provide extra help. In 1835, the canal's Board of Directors ruled against hiring women as lock-keepers because of the strenuous work. An exception was Elizabeth Burgess who was made tender of Lock No. 11 "providing that she hire a capable assistant."
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels Women. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series list.
Location. 38° 58.333′ N, 77° 10.308′ W. Marker is in Cabin John, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Clara Barton Parkway 2 miles east of Capital Beltway Inner Loop (Interstate 495), on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6410 83rd Place, 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. Swing-Gate Locks (here, next to this marker); Drop Gate Locks (approx. 0.2 miles away); At All Hours (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lockhouse 10 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cabin John (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cabin John Bridge / Cabin John Aqueduct (approx. 1.3 miles away); Early Blacksmith Shop (approx. 1½ miles away); Burling Defenders (approx. 1.7 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cabin John.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.