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Lockhouse 28 is a restored structure that is available for rent from the C&O Canal Trust.
Completed in 1837, the lockhouse stands as a reminder of the fierce competition between the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the race to reach the Ohio River Valley. The competition was the most intense at Point of Rocks, where the rocky outcropping leaves a very narrow space for a canal or railroad--but not both. The canal won the battle, but the railroad won the race to Cumberland.
Today, Lockhouse 28 is a rustic retreat, situated between the scenic Potomac and the still-active railroad tracks. It is the most remote of the Canal Quarters lockhouses, located nearly 1/2 mile from the nearest parking area. The C&O Canal Trust operates five other lockhouses that are available for rent. Each is decorated in a different sytle from the canal era. They inclulde:
- Lockhouse 6 near Brookmont, Md.
- Lockhouse 10 near Cabin John, Md.
- Lockhouse 22 at Pennyfield Lock near Potomac, Md.
- Lockhouse 25 at Edwards Ferry, Md.
- Lockhouse 49 Four Locks near Clear Spring, Md.
The lockhouses are a few of the more than 1,300 historic structures in the C&O Canal National Historial Park.