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DeFrehn Chair Factory ( more details)

Flood damage Cushwa Basin area Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The DeFrehn Chair Factory made multiple wooden chair styles and was located on the berm side of the canal above the Conococheague Aqueduct in Williamsport. The factory paid the canal for water rents in order to power the machines used to create the chairs. In 1889, a flood destroyed the factory along with a good portion of the canal. The cost to rebuild and recover from the flood was too expensive and the owners decided to move the operation to Johnstown, PA then Hornerstown, PA.

This image of the DeFrehn Chair factory was taken after the 1889 flood.


Public domain

Mile 99.6
See also The Flood at Home, Hagerstown Mail, June 6, 1889.


Collection Location:
C&O National Historic Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Maryland, 1824-1938

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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