Brookmont in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Canal Home
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The canal company supplied locktenders with a house next to the lock which enabled them to work the lock day and night. The house provided more than a roof over their heads: it was a stable home for their families. For children, used to the transient canal boat life, a permanent home meant a chance to attend school and make lasting friends.
In addition to the house, locktenders received a small monthly salary and an acre of land. The low pay meant that locktenders had to supplement their incomes. A garden plot helped put food on the table and any excess produce could be traded with boatmen for coal and other necessities. Women baked bread or pies for trade. Children contributed by helping in the garden at the lock, as well as by fishing or hunting muskrats for the canal company’s bounty reward.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 56.693′ N, 77° 7.44′ W. Marker was in Brookmont, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker could be reached from Clara Barton Parkway (southbound only) south of the Glen Echo Exit. Marker is on the C&O Canal towpath at Lock 6, milemarker 5.4. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 6100 Clara Barton Parkway, Bethesda MD 20816, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Lockhouse 6 (here, next to this marker); A Way for Fish (approx. 0.3 miles away); Inlet Locks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Northwest 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).
More about this marker. A small parking area on the Clara Barton Parkway is signed for Lock 6. There is no cut in the median, so if you are driving outbound (north from Washington) you will have to continue past to the Glen Echo exit to turn around so you can reach the parking lot. The marker has been removed and replaced with the Lockhouse 6 marker.
Regarding A Canal Home. This house is one of the few that is still occupied.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,178 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.