Palisades in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Abner Cloud House
(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.
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 38° 55.151′ N, 77° 6.064′ W. Marker is in Palisades, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Canal Road NW (Potomac Palisades Parkway) near Reservoir Road NW. Touch for map. 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battery Kemble Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chain Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away in Virginia); The Mouth of Pimmit Run (approx. 1.2 miles away in Virginia); Pimmit Run and Chain Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away in Virginia); Through the Eyes of a Scientist (approx. 1.2 miles away).
Regarding Abner Cloud House.
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, which can be seen from Canal Road. The best approach is down Reservoir Road to Canal Road, then cross Canal Road to the driveway when safe. If you approach from the west (from Chain Bridge or from the Capital Beltway I-495 Glen Echo exit) slow down as you approach after the Arizona Avenue traffic light and turn on your turn signal. Then tuck yourself into the driveway pocket in the wall on
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.
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