On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Preservation Maryland hosted a live telephone town hall that reached thousands of listeners to discuss the latest threats to the federal Historic Tax Credit and how we can all be advocates for this essential program. If you missed the call, you can listen and share the recording online now.
The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) has identified over 500 mills throughout Maryland — only a fraction of which are still standing. This exercise illustrates the need to preserve Maryland’s industrial heritage like Preservation Maryland is helping to do along the Jones Falls in Baltimore City.
Swains Lockhouse. Photo from Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern.
Heritage Fund Highlight: Swains Lockhouse on the C&O Canal
See it for Yourself: The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting an open house with free hard hat tours of Swains Lockhouse in Potomac, MD on Saturday, November 5 from 12pm-4pm. This open house is free to the public and will enable visitors to tour the lockhouse, while learning more about the program and the history of the C&O Canal. Visitors can also enter a contest to win a stay in a Canal Quarters lockhouse.
When the rehabilitation is finished, Swains Lockhouse, will interpret the 1916 time period of the Canal’s history, when the canal was nearing the end of its commercial life and the area was becoming a tourism destination for hikers, boaters, and nature lovers. The Swain family lived in the lockhouse during the canal period until 2006, operating a concession stand after the canal closed to boat traffic in 1924.
Additional funding for the rehabilitation project is being provided by the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the C&O Canal Trust, the C&O Canal Association, and the Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern.
Margaret De Arcangelis · Preservation Services Director
Margaret De Arcangelis is a former Preservation Services Director at Preservation Maryland.