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Spring Soiree Kicks Off 2023 C&O Canal Season

Georgetown Heritage hosts reception celebrating the return of the boat and a revitalized section of the C&O Canal.

Historic Mule Yard by Lock 3, future site of a visitor center and posh venue for a catered reception with live music. The occasion? 

Joe Sternlieb, Jennifer Romm, Kym Hall
Joe Sternlieb, Jennifer Romm, Kym Hall  Photo © Tony Powell

May 4th kick-off celebration for the 2023 C&O Canal Boat Season.

Inside the tent
Photo by Judith Beermann

Under a VIP tent, guests toasted along with officials from Georgetown Heritage, the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the National Park Service, and DC city government.

Sue Young and Trey Wadsworth
Debbie Young and Trey Wadsworth  Photo by Judith Beermann

Thanks all around for the ongoing community effort that has brought the new boat back for it’s second season of guided historical tours and public boat rides. 

Amy Porter Stroh, Jennifer Romm, Leslie Maysak
Amy Porter Stroh, Jennifer Romm, Leslie Maysak   Photo by Judith Beermann

Welcoming everyone to a "neighborhood party for Georgetown," Kimberly Clapp quipped, "It’s called The Georgetown Heritage now, but for a donation of $5 million dollars you can have the boat named after you!”

Florence Auld and David Romm
Florence Auld and David Romm  Photo by Judith Beermann

“This is one of my favorite events,” said Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto, commending Georgetown for how it was able to come back after Covid and for “taking the canal through a whole evolution. This is what a thriving community can look like."

Elizabeth Miller, Val and Sophie Hawkins, Elisabeth LaMotte
Elizabeth Miller, Val and Sophie Hawkins, Elisabeth LaMotte  Photo by Judith Beermann

“Our vision is big,” said Georgetown Heritage President and Chair Jennifer Romm. “Creating an educational center, bringing school kids here, making the towpath more accessible, building a new platform over the confluence of the canal and Rock Creek. It’s going to take a village.”

Fabiola Martens and Constance Chatfield-Taylor
Fabiola Martens and Constance Chatfield-Taylor  Photo by Judith Beermann
Photo by Judith Beermann

Public boat rides are available four times a day, Wednesday through Sunday, offering one-hour guided historical tours along the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Visitors also learn about the fascinating history, technology and culture of the Canal, and the surprising stories of the people who lived, worked, and played here over the past two centuries.

Georgetown Heritage Boat
Canal boat ride   Photo by