Preservation - Lockhouses 49, 37, 28, 22, and 6
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, will undertake historic preservation to lock houses at locks 49, 37, 28, 22,and 6. The historic preservation work will include selective masonry repairs to chimneys and walls, interior and exterior repairs, repairs to interior wall surfaces, repairs to floors and other wooden structural components. Buildings will be cleaned of accumulated debris. Walls will be repainted to match historic wall colors, based on paint sample color analysis from typical lockhouse samples. Doors, roofs, and windows will be repaired as needed.
All work will be in accordance with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties/Preservation and will be undertaken by park preservation staff members.
It is the intention of the work to enhance the visitor understanding of the canal, its operation, its employees/families, and its connection with the local communities along its length. In order to help with this enhancement, interpretive media, such as podcast narratives, display boards, copies of historic photographs, or other media support will be developed for each of the lockhouses. These historical and interpretive items will trace the people and events of the specific lockhouse so the visitor can learn what life on the canal might have been like.
To further enhance the life on the canal experience, a two year pilot program will be undertaken upon completion of the lockhouse preservation and interpretive information development. This pilot program would allow park visitors to stay short-term/overnight in the lockhouses. Users of the lockhouses would need to make reservations and would be required to provide all necessary overnight belongings. The program would be monitored for data needed to determine if this type of a program should or could be implemented as a permanent interpretive opportunity for park visitors. Should the pilot program be converted to a permanent program, the program will be vetted completely through the environmental compliance process for impacts to the park and its resources. Included in the review would be any additional structures to be added to the six listed in this review package.
During the two year pilot program, park officials will be closely monitoring the five historic structures, and other related park resources, to prevent any situations that would result in damage or adverse impacts to the resources. Should any situation arise that would compromise the resource, the program will be suspended until the situation can be resolved.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.4 – Routine maintenance and repairs to cultural resources sites, structures, utilities, and grounds if the action falls under an approved Historic Structures Preservation Guide or Cyclic Maintenance Guide, or if the action would not adversely affect the cultural resource.
The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Streamlined Review Process #1 – Preservation Maintenance and Repair of Historic Properties – actions for retaining and preserving, protecting and maintaining, and repairing and replacing in-kind, as necessary, materials and features, consistent with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and the accompanying guidelines.
For further information about this project, please contact Cultural Resource Program Manager, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.