Remembering Bill

Bill's Place

Hearing of the passing of Bill Schoenadel was a sad event for everybody with an interest in the C&O Canal.  The story came to Candee and I via a group email from the C&O Canal Association, in which hundreds of people were informed of the sad news.  However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Bill was also a popular figure amongst motorcyclists, hunters, and fishermen.  It’s accurate to say that Bill’s Place is a regional Mecca for a wide variety of recreational enthusiasts, and, with this in mind, Bill could aptly be described as the ambassador of the western end of the C&O Canal, Green Ridge State Forest, and–for the matter–the upper Potomac Valley.  Our volunteer area, or level, runs from Sideling Hill Creek to Fifteen Mile Creek, and before heading back down the trail we always made it a point to take a break at Bill’s.  Listening to him talk about the local area was a great pleasure, and one has to admire a man with the coolest bar/store around and a national park in his back yard.  Bill will be greatly missed, but the legend lives on.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I’m sorry to hear this Tom. I loved hearing what you had to say about this place.


  2. Posted by LevelWalker on January 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    It’s a great place to relax after a day of–pretty much anything. I basically knew Bill well enough to say hello, and if he wasn’t busy, he was a great conversationalist. He was probably the best known person living along the canal–all the way from Cumberland to DC–and a very likeable guy to boot.


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