Williamsport Things to Do
C&O Canal Visitor Center
The Founding Fathers wanted to open up the interior of their new country by building roads and canals. The C&O Canal was one example of their efforts. It never lived up to its vaunted potential as a gateway to the interior of the new nation called the United States. The Appalachians prevented it from being built beyond the western Maryland town of Cumberland.
Its colorful history is recounted not so much in the books or documentaries as in the canal's remnants. Many of these are still visible today, managed by the National Park Service. In Williamsport, a small museum shows visitors some of the support facilities needed to keep the canal in operation. The Cushwa WarehouseRelated to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits