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History Comes Alive! at Canal Place

June 11, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

History Comes Alive! is a one day festival at Canal Place in conjunction with the annual Heritage Days Festival in June 2016.

The Cumberland Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The replica canal boat “The Cumberland” will be open for tours on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, June 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, June 11, the following programs will be offered:

11 am to 2 pm – Visitors will have a chance to “Meet the Mules” at the Canal Place Festival Grounds.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m – Members of the C&O Canal Association will be staffing an information table from near the National Park Service Office Building on the canal basin; Maryland DNR staff will be in the Canal Place Festival Grounds with Healthy Kids activities and a Scales and Tails program.

11 a.m. – Join historian Karen Gray in the NPS Canal Classroom on the canal basin for her program,“Irish Laborers that Built the C&O Canal.”

12 noon – The Gilmore’s Light Ensemble will perform period music on the Main Stage at Canal Place.

1 p.m. – An original artwork created by artist Mark Stutzman and commissioned by the C&O Canal Association will be unveiled on the Main Stage. This artwork was done in honor of the historic C&O Canal to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial.

2 p.m. – Gordon Swan, grandson of Cumberland canal artist John Louis Wellington, will present a slide program of Wellington’s canal art in the Canal Classroom, located on the canal basin.

3 p.m. – Ranger Rita Knox will conclude events in the Canal Classroom with a program entitled “From Tunnel to Terminus – The Western End of the C&O Canal”.



June 11, 2016
11:00 am - 11:00 pm


Canal Place


Canal Place
13 Canal St
Cumberland, MD 21502 United States