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Farming along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, 1828-1971 (- A Study of Agricultural Sites)

- A study of agricultural sites Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The report that follows reveals the depth and richness of the agricultural history along the C&O Canal, and the close interrelationship between the canal and surrounding farms. Settlement along the fertile bottomlands of the Potomac River preceded construction of the canal by many years. As a result, the new canal passed through a well established agrarian landscape; some inhabitants were hostile to the canal due to property damage it would cause, others embraced it, while a substantial number fought to receive the highest monetary compensation that they could from the Canal Company. In sum, this research has uncovered an interesting and significant aspect of the canal's history that had not been addressed previously.


Perry Carpenter Wheelock

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C&O National Historic Park

National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

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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