The full-scale, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal boat replica, The Cumberland, is in need of repairs as a result of wear and tear from time and exposure to the elements.

The Cumberland was originally built in 1976 as a Bicentennial project by the U.S. Naval Reserve Seabees, the U.S. Army Reserves, students at the Ailegany County Center for Career and Technical Education and a number of civilian volunteers.

It was originally located at Lock 75, but now can be viewed and toured at Canal Place Festival Grounds in downtown Cumberland. Thousands of people have enjoyed learning the history of the canal boats, while grasping a glimpse of what it was like living on the canal.

This boat serves as a great entity for educating our younger generation, and we need your help ensuring it is preserved for generations to come.

Our goal is to gather a group of volunteers willing to donate some of their time to helping with this endeavor. The work will require some minor carpenter work, including replacing rotting boards and some painting.

This is a great way to support your community and help with a good cause. If you would like to be a part of the Canal Boat Volunteers please contact Stephanie Siemek at the Cumberland Visitor Center at 301-491-2597 or Stephanie_Siemek@nps.gov, or Ron Lewis at 301-722-8009 or ronald.lewis@atlanticbb.net.

Ronald W. Lewis

Cumberland

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