More Monocacy

Hanging stone

A while back, Candee and I took a hike in the vicinity of the Monocacy Aqueduct, and we found a number of interesting things that I failed to mention in the previous post.  This picture isn’t of the greatest quality, but it does show an odd anomaly underneath the first arch (heading upstream on the canal) of the Monocacy Aqueduct.  The  “hanging stone” near the center of the picture has been “as-shown” for at least twenty years, but it’s not deemed as a threat to park visitors.  Just consider it an interesting conversation piece along the way.

Cellar and chimney

The above picture is of an old foundation at mile 41,8.  The cellar and chimney are still in relatively decent condition, but the site appears to be forgotten in the annals of history–merely mentioned as “foundation and wall parts on the river-side of the canal” in Gary Petrichick’s  Pocket Guide to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.  Other books that I have fail to mention it altogether, so it’s difficult to say whether or not the building that occupied this site had any bearing on the canal.

Nearby, at mile 41,97, the Little Monocacy Culvert (#69) is a shining example of the craftsmanship that went into the building of the canal.  The water from the creek passes through the culvert into a deep, blue pool on the river-side of the canal, making for one of the many highlights in this section of the park.

Little Monocacy Culvert

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3 responses to this post.

  1. If it werent’ for the snow on the ground I’d say that water looked so inviting. It is truly amazing that structures like these, made so long ago, still stand the test of time.

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    • Posted by LevelWalker on March 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Melissa,

      Some of the old masonry work is amazing! Even after 150-175 years! Some of the aqueducts, etc were completed by various ethnic groups, and they all did things a little bit differently. I hope our latest economic mess doesn’t lead to the downfall of our history. Losing anything along the C&O would be tragic. It’s a remarkable place.

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  2. I wonder if they’ve hidden little messages or goodies amongst those bricks? How cool would it be to find something in one of them.

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