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The historic Great Falls Tavern located on the Maryland side of Great Falls along the C&O Canal (at about the 14 mile marker). Construction on the building began in 1828 and was expanded to become a hotel for travelers along the Canal in 1831. Eventually, the railroad replaced the Canal as an efficient means of transporting good East / West and the Tavern closed its doors. Today, the facility offers boat rides to tourists which include navigation through an authentic lock that travels a vertical distance of about 8 feet.
Incidentally, it was George Washington that was the chief advocate for building a canal to connect the Great Lakes and Ohio River to the Chesapeake Bay. He was originally hired by Lord Fairfax of Virginia to survey the western portion of his lands which lies along the Potomac River. As he completed his job, he developed the idea of building a canal to allow easier expansion to the west. Unfortunately, George died a couple of years before his dream became a reality.
I used to work a short drive from this location; a couple of colleagues and I would occasionally drive to this spot during lunch and take pictures. I took this image during a return trip to the area in November 2011. I used a Canon 5D camera with polarizing filter.
May 21st, 2012
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