C&O Canal Company’s 1890 Bankruptcy Case that Established a 50-Year Trusteeship
After the 1889 flood, the C&O Canal Company was bankrupt and the B&O Railroad—deeply invested in bonds that mortgaged the canal—is widely believed to have gained control and/or ownership of it. This presentation documents the legal and operational realities and status of the company and its canal 1889–1938, revealing that this understanding is erroneous.
The State of Pennsylvania Canal and Railroad Initiative
Robert J. Kapsch
The state of Pennsylvania, reacted to the Erie Canal and the C&O Canal with a massive canal and railroad system intended to capture the agricultural wealth of the Northwestern Territory and beyond for Pennsylvania and its lead city, Philadelphia. The key element in this initiative was the Main Line, a combined west-east railroad and canal system to link Pittsburgh and the west with Philadelphia and the east.
The Capital’s Corridor: From Purveyor of Goods to Conservation Corridor
Joel I. Cohen
This presentation will discuss “the relevance of historic canals to today” through a chronological series of canal. The presentation will illustrate how the historical aspects of the C&O Canal quite literally laid the groundwork for corridor connectivity, and in so doing, provided new opportunities for education.
“Champion” Canals: Coming by it naturally!
This presentation will focus on “champion trees”—exceptionally large trees—along the C&O Canal as a unique resource for promoting recreation and advancing nature education by increasing awareness of trees’ importance in the environment. The presentation will be richly illustrated with photos of all the numerous tree specimens so designated.
Albert Gallatin, Father of American Infrastructure
Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin used a report to Congress in 1808 to outline his plan for roads and canals. This report served as a blueprint for key “internal improvements” for the next two centuries, from US Route One/I-95 and the Intracoastal Waterway to the National Road and the C&O Canal.
Hall’s Rifle Works and the Shenandoah Canal: A Fraught Relationship in the Age of Waterpower
David T. Gilbert
This presentation will explore the symbiotic but fraught relationship between the Shenandoah Canal and Hall’s Rifle Works along the banks of the Shenandoah River.
The World is Your Museum: Programming Outside the Bounds of Your Historic Site
Derrick Pratt & David Brooks
The Erie Canal Museum has operated outdoor tours focused on the region’s canal heritage for years. The pandemic caused the Museum to rethink how it engaged with audiences, in both space AND content, resulting in a fruitful year of programming that can be replicated in the future.