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Park Service Praises C&O Lockhouse Rental Program

 

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service is giving high raise to a program offering vacation rentals in the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park.

 

The park said Thursday that Superintendent Kevin Brandt has won the agency’s annual Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for cultural resources stewardship.

 

The Canal Quarters program is a joint effort with the C&O Canal Trust. It makes old lockhouses available for overnight stays. Six lockhouses, featuring period furnishings, are available for rent.

 

The New York Times recently listed Lockhouse 6 near Cabin John as one of “12 Unexpected History Trips.” It said the house is a bargain, set amid tranquil surroundings three miles from the District of Columbia.

 

Brandt says he aims to make the program a model for adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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