Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
National Historical Marker
One of the best preserved and least altered of old American canals, the Chesapeake and Ohio grew from Washington's vision of linking the valleys of the early west with the east by “ties of communication.”
The Potomac Company fostered by Washington to improve navigation of the Potomac transferred its rights in 1828 to the Chesapeake and Ohio Company organized to connect the Ohio at Pittsburgh with Georgetown by a continuous canal. In October 1850 after 185 miles were built the construction ceased at Cumberland until 1924 trade continued on the old canal. Today, it is a memorial to national progress and the canal era.
Erected 1942 by The District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution; 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. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal, and the Daughters of the American Revolution series lists.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Godey's Lime Kilns (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgetown Historic District (about 700 feet away); The Duvall Foundry (about 700 feet away); William O. Douglas (about 700 feet away); M Street - A Road Well Traveled (about 800 feet away); Thomas Sim Lee Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ross and Getty House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 19, 2019, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. 2. submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on October 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.