Saturday, July 2, 2016

Swain's Lock And Rachel Stewart

"Swains Lock is one of my favorite places. It is quiet, yet relatively close to Great Falls. The canal here is usually full of water and the upper lock gate and the waste weir still function. Beside it sits an old lockhouse, which, up until the 1990s, was home to the Swains, one of the last of the canal families. What a beautiful place to grow up or just to visit.
I love the way the ground at Swains Lock slopes gently down toward the river. Huge oaks and sycamores shade a small campground and several picnic tables. In the spring, bluebells, trilliums, toothworts, and spring beauties blossom beneath them."
Written by Rachel Stewart

Swain's Lockhouse Restoration
The Friends have joined with the C&O Canal Trust, the C&O Canal Association and the National Park Service in a $300,000 project to restore Swain's lockhouse at Lock 21 of the canal. The lockhouse is in dire need of structural and architectural repairs in order to preserve the building. The restored lockhouse will be used for three purposes: a lockhouse in the Trust's Canal Quarters program; a part of the Canal Classrooms education program; and occasionally for exhibits by local photographers and artists.

Funds raised by the Friends and the Association are targeted to furnishing the restored lockhouse and building a lockkeeper's shanty next to the lock, just as when the canal was operational.

The fundraising by the Friends and the Association effort is being done in memory of Rachel Stewart who passed away in 2014. Rachel was a member of the Friends and a long time member of the Association, having served as its President for three terms. To date the Friends and the Association have raised over $10,500 towards our goal of $25,000.

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More on Swains Lock House Renovation in the link below.