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Lecture to mark historic aqueduct

November 08, 2003

POTOMAC, Md. - Former Washington Aqueduct Chief Harry C. Ways will present an illustrated lecture, "Montgomery Meigs and the Washington Aqueduct, 1853-1863," today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.

Ways is the author of "The Washington Aqueduct 1852-1992."

The lecture is being presented on the 150th anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the first public water supply system established to serve the nation's capital, held on Nov. 8, 1853.

One hundred and 50 years ago, a canal boat arrived at Lock 20 on the C&O Canal at Great Falls, Md., carrying President Franklin Pierce, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Sen. Steven A. Douglas and the mayors of Washington and Georgetown. They came to inaugurate construction of the innovative water system under the guidance of Montgomery Meigs.

The Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center is at 11710 MacArthur Blvd. in Potomac. For information, call the visitor center at 301-767-3714.

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