It’s getting that time of year again, when I want to head back up to the C&O Canal. It’s really a great place. I love walking along all the canal locks at Four Locks, and the drive to Dam 5 is like a snapshot out of time with so many early 19th century homes along the way. Four Locks is especially interesting, not only because of my personal connection to it, but also because the place is literally like some kind of 19th century ghost town… with a few of the 19th century buildings and foundations remaining, as well as the canal locks.
So, as a part of that hankerin’ feeling, I went online to look at what might be new at the canal these days. Well, to my surprise, I found that the C&O Canal Trust has a program in which one can stay at one of four lockhouses on the canal… and one of them happens to be the lockhouse in which my great-great-great grandparents Moore lived in (not for certain, but very likely) during Cyrus Moore’s one year term (1858) as a lead locktender for Four Locks. Very cool stuff! As you can see here, Four Locks has some interesting Civil War history tied to it as well. For those who follow this blog, you might recall me mentioning Four Locks and my g-g-g-grandfather, Cyrus S. Moore. Looks like I need to make plans for an overnight’er at Four Locks.
See this article (October 2009) from The Herald-Mail for additional information about the opening of Lockhouse 49.
*Something related: In the shadow of Cyrus