Exhibit set up on canal in Hancock

April 19, 1997


Staff Writer

HANCOCK - It was an historic day Saturday in this small river town as the first C&O Canal wayside exhibit in Washington County was officially dedicated.

"When we are all finished, we hope to have 50 to 75 of these exhibits along the entire 184-mile length of the C&O Canal,'' said U.S. Park Service Ranger Sherilyn Seyler.

And about 25 of those will be in Washington County, she said.

The exhibit, which consists of maps and historic pictures, was developed through a partnership with the park service, the C&O Canal Association and the Hancock Historical Society.


On the left panel there is a map of Maryland with the canal marked on it, Seyler said.

"Historic photos of Hancock during the canal era highlight the right side of the panel,'' she said.

The old photos include the Hancock Bank, The Light House and Central Barton House (two stagecoach stops), the P.T. Little Store and Warehouse, the Feltner House and St. Peter's Catholic Church.

"Four of those buildings are still standing,'' Seyler said. Only The Light House and Little's store are gone.

All the photos were provided by the canal and historical society groups.

The 9 a.m. ceremony Saturday drew members of both groups along with former Mayor Ralph Wachter and Chief Ranger Keith Whisenant. Current Mayor Dan Murphy was unable to attend.

"Wachter talked with the park service two years ago and encouraged them to put the first wayside exhibit in Hancock,'' Seyler said.

The only other exhibit which is already in service is in Cumberland, she said.

The goal is to inform people who are visiting the canal and in turn, to attract more people to the historic canal, towpath and adjacent sights.

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