Bethesda 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 —
From its inception the vision of the C&O Canal has evolved, constantly finding ways to be relevant. Built in 1829, Lockhouse 6 stands a mile upstream from Little Falls, site of the canal's July 4th groundbreaking the previous year. Lockhouse 6 witnessed much of the canal's history, from the early phase of construction to the heyday of 500 boats loaded with coal passing by from Cumberland to Georgetown.
After the devastating floods of 1924 that closed canal operations the lockhouse watched over the Civilian Conservation Corps' restoration of the first 22 miles of the canal and witnessed Justice Douglas' 1954 walk, which stirred popular support for the creation of a National Park. Today Lockhouse 6 recalls the Canal's history for the millions of visitors who visit the park each year.
Experience history... spend the night in a lockhouse!
Ever wonder what it was like to live in a lockhouse? Spend the night in one of several lockhouses along the canal. Step back in time and immerse yourself in history. If you listen closely, you may hear voices from the past whispering their stories. For more information visit www.canalquarters.org.
A view of the back of Lockhouse 6 during the 1936 flood.
Secretary of the Interior Douglas McKay greets Supreme Court Justice
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 56.696′ N, 77° 7.438′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Clara Barton Parkway. Touch for map. On the grounds of Lock 6 at the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bethesda MD 20816, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Canal Home (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Original Federal Boundary Stone NW 4 (approx. 0.7 miles away in District of Columbia); Auxiliary Battery (approx. 0.7 miles away in Virginia); Fort Marcy (approx. ¾ mile away in Virginia); Fort Marcy, Virginia (approx. ¾ mile away in Virginia); Fort Sumner (approx. 0.8 miles away); Col. Guilford Dudley Bailey (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battery Bailey (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
Also see . . . Canal Quarters: Reserve Your Stay Back in Time!. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.