A Canal Home Historical

A Canal Home Historical (HM1T2W)

Location: Williamsport, MD 21795 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 35.644', W 77° 49.523'

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The boatsmen had a hard life. But the locktenders did too, because they couldn't go nowhere. They had to be on the job all the time. - Harvey Brant, Locktender, Lock 44.

The canal company supplied locktenders with a house next to the lock which enabled them to work the lock day and night. The house provided more than a roof over their heads: it was a stable home for their families. For children, used to the transient canal boat life, a permanent home meant a chance to attend school and make lasting friends.

In addition to the house, locktenders received a small monthly salary and an acre of land. The low pay meant that locktenders had to supplement their incomes. A garden plot helped put food on the table and any excess produce could be traded with boatmen for coal and other necessities. Women baked bread or pies for trade. Children contributed by helping in the garden and at the lock, as well as by fishing or hunting muskrats for the canal company's bounty reward.

[text with 1st photo lower right] The son of the last locktender at Lock 28, Willie Fulton, Jr., and his family continued to call the lockhouse home for many years after the canal stopped running.

[text with 2nd photo lower right] The Keefer family lived at Lock 75 from 1914 until 1955.
HM NumberHM1T2W
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 257385 N 4386518
Decimal Degrees39.59406667, -77.82538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 35.644', W 77° 49.523'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 35' 38.64" N, 77° 49' 31.38" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Williamsport MD 21795, US
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