Lovettsville Lecture: The Rise and Demise of the C&O Canal

The next presentation in the Lovettsville Historical Society lecture series has a provocative title: “George Washington DID NOT Build the C&0 Canal: The Story of Potomac River Navigation and the Rise and Demise of the C&O Canal.”

The lecture by historian John C. Frye will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at St. James United Church of Christ, at 10 E. Broad Way, in Lovettsville.

Society Vice President Ed Spannaus notes the C&0 Canal was built in 1828, whereas an earlier project, memorialized at Great Falls Park, was not the same as the C&0. Fisher will discuss the entire history of navigation along the Potomac River.

Frye is a Lovettsville native, whom Spannaus described as the “legendary chief historian and curator” of the Western Maryland Room of the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, MD. Frye founded the Western Maryland Room almost 50 years ago.

For more information on the free lecture, contact Spannaus at 540-822-9194.