On November 6, 2012 the WooFDriver and his crew took the WooFPAK on a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Shepherdstown, West Virginia at milepost 72.7. Shepherdstown is named after Thomas Shepherd, the original trustee of this land, who owned the town and was responsible for its government. He originally named his town Mecklenburg. It is one of the oldest towns in the state being chartered n 1762
Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about Shepherdstown
Enjoy the video from this Mushing adventure!
On the night of September 19, 2014 the WooFDriver took the PAK on a Midnight Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Taylors Landing at milepost 80.9. Taylors Landing is in Mercersville, Maryland which is named after Charles Fenton Mercer, the first president on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company from June 1828 to June 1833. Taylors Landing is named after John William Taylor, who operated the general store here for over fifty years.
www.mcmullans.org to learn more about the canal
March 31, 2014 the WooFDriver and the WooFPAK went on a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Big Slackwater. Big Slackwater area runs from mileposts 84-89, downstream from the old McMahon’s Mill. At this point canal boats entered the river using pools behind the dams instead of digging the canal through the rocky cliffs along the river. For over 15 years this section of the towpath was unusable due to the flooding in 1996, but after two years of construction by the National Park Service the towpath is now complete again!
Canal Trust Website to learn more about this area
On November 6, 2013 the WooFDriver took the PAK on a Midnight Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Falling Waters at milepost 94.3. Falling Waters is also known as either the Battle of Williamsport or the Battle of Hagerstown. It took place from July 6-16 in 1863 and was part of the Gettysburg Campaign in the American Civil War.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more
Enjoy the video footage from the Mush!
December 3, 2013 the WooFDriver went on a Mushing Tour with the WooFPAK of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Dam Number Five at milepost 106.8. Also known as Honeywood Dam it was constructed in 1835 of wood cribbing. It was originally built for two purposes the C&O Canal and for a power plant to generate hydroelectric power.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about the dam
On June 2, 2017 the WooFDriver and his crew took the WooFPAK for a nighttime WereWooFS ghost hunting adventure on the C&O Canal Towpath and stopped at the ruins of the Charles Mill.
The plaque reads, “The first evidence of a mill here was in 1790. The mill was typical of grist mills which sprang up in this area to serve farmers in the surrounding countryside. Grain and flour could be loaded onto canal boats right from the mill. This property had been in the Charles family since the mill was built. The mill closed after the 1924 flood which ended the commercial life of the canal.”
To learn more about the mill http://npplan.com
On December 20, 2011 the WooFDriver went out for a mushing tour with the WooFPAK on the C&O Canal Towpath around the area of Fort Frederick State Park at milepost 112.4. This fort has a long history including, in 1756 the stone fort was built to protect settlers during the French and Indian War. It was utilized in the American Revolution to prison British soldiers. Union troops were often stationed near the fort to guard the C&O Canal during the Civil War. The state of Maryland acquired it in 1922 and was turned into parkland in the 1930’s.
Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources Website to learn more about the park and the trail
Enjoy these videos from Mushing Tours around the Fort Frederick area!
November 29, 2013 the WooFDriver took the PAK on a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Big Pool. Big Pool is a lake that was part of the canal between miles 112.2-113.8 where canal traffic could use the lake as a resting point, or a turning basin.
Wikimapia’s Webpage for a map of this area
Enjoy some video footage from the Big Pool area of the C&O Canal Towpath!
On November 14, 2012 the WooFDriver set out on the Hancock, Maryland portion of the C&O Canal Towpath at mile marker 124.1 for a Mushing adventure. Hancock is one of the oldest settlements in Western Maryland and named after Edward Joseph Hancock, Jr.. His family operated the ferry on the Potomac River and he was considered a hero who fought alongside General George Washington during the American Revolution. From the Pennsylvania state line to the West Virginia state line Hancock is only 1.8 miles long.
Town Of Hancock’s Website to learn more about this area
On January 7, 2016 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK on a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of the old Cohill Station. As you past by you can see a couple standing remains of the old railroad station.
It was in this area in the May of 1913 where there was a terrible train wreck. A fireman of Hagerstown, Maryland was killed and 11 others were injured when two trains collided. Many railroad cars rolled down the steep embankment and into the canal.
http://www3.gendisasters.com/maryland/449/cohill%2C-md-train-wreck%2C-may-1913 to read more about this incident
Also enjoy videos from the trip!