HAGERSTOWN -- The first permanent exhibit in Washington County on the history of the C&O Canal officially opened Wednesday with a ribbon cutting at Discovery Station at Hagerstown.
The exhibit, on the second floor of the 101 W. Washington St. museum, features photographs of the canal in use, models, video interviews with boatmen and lock keepers, and rare artifacts such as the nameplate from a canal boat.
"They've done a really great job on this," said Bill Justice, chief of interpretation for C&O Canal National Historical Park.
The museum originally had proposed a much smaller C&O canal exhibit, but resources began pouring in from the Miller House, the national historical park and others with connections to the canal, and the exhibit grew to three times its proposed size, said James Miller, director of Discovery Station.
The museum received about $13,500 in seed money from the Washington County Gaming Commission, as well as several donations from sponsors, Miller said. The exhibit was one of the largest projects the museum has ever taken on in-house, he said.