Our first priority is to restore and revitalize the mile-long section of the C&O Canal that runs through Georgetown. It is a unique and beloved piece of our neighborhood’s – and America’s – history. It is a gateway into the story of our industrial past, and a place for exercise, recreation, and reflection. In recent years budget cuts have forced the National Park Service to eliminate all educational programming and defer important maintenance work in Georgetown. The Canal walls and locks are deteriorating, the boat sits empty and unusable, the visitor center is closed indefinitely.
As an official Friends Group of the National Park Service, Georgetown Heritage is organizing our community to raise both public and private resources to restore, enliven, and interpret the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal.