Walks and talks from Antietam to Georgetown

August 12, 1993|By Wayne Hardin

The C&O Canal Sunday walks and talks continue through Oct. 24, each led by a park ranger and beginning at 2 p.m.

The rest of the schedule is:

Aug. 15 -- Antietam Creek Information Station, on Canal Road, off Harpers Ferry Road, three miles south of Sharpsburg. Walk to site of Battle of Shepherdstown (W.Va.), fought on both sides of the Potomac.

Aug. 22 -- Ferry Hill Place, boyhood home of Confederate officer Henry Kyd Douglas, off Maryland Route 34, across the Potomac from Shepherdstown. Ferry Hill now is the canal park headquarters.

Aug. 29 -- Lock 38, across from Shepherdstown. Meet under the James Rumsey Bridge for a walk to Blackford's Ford, Confederate Army crossing point.

Sept. 5 -- Weverton, major hospital site after Antietam, now a ghost town. Meet at Lock 31 using Keep Tryst Road off U.S. 340.

Sept. 12 -- Point of Rocks, site of raids against the canal and railroad. Meet at Point of Rocks railroad station parking area off Route 28.

Sept. 19 -- Monocacy Aqueduct, a target of Southern troops. Meet at the parking area at the end of Mouth of Monocacy Road off Route 28.

Sept. 26 -- White's Ferry, across from Harrison's Island, important point of the 1861 Battle of Balls Bluff. Parking area at end of White's Ferry Road, off Route 28.

Oct. 3 -- Edwards' Ferry, for more about the Balls Bluff battle, where a friend of President Lincoln was killed. Take Edwards' Ferry Road from Poolesville until it ends.

Oct. 10 -- Seneca, site of Seneca Quarry and stone-cutting mill, near a ford used by Confederate raiders. Take Riley's Lock Road off River Road.

Oct. 17 -- Great Falls, site of a battle early in the war. Enter from McArthur Boulevard or Falls Road.

Oct. 24 -- Alexandria Aqueduct, which was drained and used for a bridge in the war. Meet at Georgetown Visitors Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St., Washington.

For information, call (301) 739-4200.

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