The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, will undertake historic preservation to lockhouse 10 as an addition to PEPC package #23767 "Preservation – Lockhouses 49, 37, 28, 22, and 6" that was completed on February 19, 2009.
Until December 2009, Lockhouse 10 was occupied part of the park's Historic Leasing Program and was not included within the original compliance package. Lockhouse 10 is currently vacant and will be included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Quarters Pilot Program. Lockhouse 10 will meet the same review criteria as the currently approved lockhouses under PEPC package #23767.
Minimal preservation is needed for Lockhouse 10. Work will include appropriate preservation work to the interior elements of the structure. The historic preservation work will include repairs to interior wall surfaces, floors. Wooden structural components will be inspected and selectively repaired. Walls will be repainted to match historic wall colors. The windows, doors, front and side porches will be repaired and repainted as needed. Selective masonry repairs will be done to the chimney and exterior walls. NPS lock system will be also installed in conjunction with this work. The roof 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.
Under PEPC #23767, it was approved to undertake a three year pilot program to allow visitors to stay overnight/ short term in a historic lockhouse. Users of the lockhouses need to make reservations and are required to provide all necessary overnight belongings. Lockhouse accommodations range from very primitive to modern – lockhouses 6 and 10. The pilot program period will allow park managers to evaluate the potential for a long-term program that would incorporate additional structures. Should the pilot program be converted to a permanent program, the program will be vetted 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 within these two review packages.
During the three year pilot program, park officials will be closely monitoring the six historic structures, and other related park resources, to avoid any situations that would result in damage or adverse impacts to the resources. Should any situation arise that would compromise a resource, the program will be suspended until the situation can be resolved.
It is the intention of the work to enhance the visitor understanding of the historic 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, and other media support have been/will be developed for each of the lockhouses in the pilot program. 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.
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. A memo to the file has been issued, based on previous project compliance.
The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Streamlined Review Process #1 – Preservation Maintenance and Repair of Historic Properties.
For further information about this project, please contact the Cultural Resource Program Manager at The Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway,Suite 100,Hagerstown, MD, 21740.