Palisades in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Abner Cloud House
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
(sidebar) George Washington's Patowmack Canal, completed in 1802, provided Cloud access to Georgetown markets. Long, narrow boats, called sharpers, transported his flour, entering the Potomac River just upstream from here, near Little Falls.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1801.
Location. 38° 55.151′ N, 77° 6.064′ W. Marker is in Palisades in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Canal Road Northwest north of Reservoir Road Northwest, on the left when traveling north. Marker is at C&O Canal milepost 3.2 near Fletcher’s Boat House, in the Abner Cloud House parking lot, in front of the house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4940 Canal Road Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abner Cloud Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palisades Recreation Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War IIGlenmore (approx. half a mile away in Virginia); Georgetown Incline Plane (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palisades.
Regarding Abner Cloud House. There is a large picnic area on the river bank at Fletcher’s Boathouse adjacent to the Abner Cloud House. Parking is ample and free. Come to picnic, take in the river views, walk or bike on the canal towpath, or rent canoes or kayaks at the Boathouse. It’s a two mile walk on the canal towpath from Georgetown.
The driveway to the Abner Cloud House and Fletcher’s Boathouse is easy to miss. It runs parallel to Canal Road as it rises from the parking lot to a break in the stone wall that lines the river side of Canal Road. Keep an eye out for the whitewashed house,
Canal Road is one-way towards Georgetown weekdays in the morning rush hour and one-way from Georgetown in the evening. At all other times it is two-way, one lane in each direction at this point. And Reservoir Road is blocked to/from Canal Road during rush hours, so plan your trip carefully.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,701 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on December 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on May 18, 2019, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 4. submitted on December 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on October 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.