The Georgetown C&O Canal Boat will be towed away from Georgetown some time in November before Thanksgiving, but there is no replica replacement boat in the works. The National Park Service plans to begin a motorized launch program in Georgetown next spring.
There is no fundraising campaign to secure a new mule-drawn boat.
When a supporter of The Georgetown wooden replica boat saw a notice for a fundraiser being held by The Canal Trust in October, he told Patch he felt "snubbed."
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The Canal Trust is holding a fundraiser, Park in the Dark, on Oct. 13, which costs $150 a head.
The proceeds this year "will support improvements in the park and the expansion of educational and interpretive programs" according to the release about the event.
The Trust raises funds to assist the NPS with operations and programs throughout the 184.5 mile C&O Canal National Historical Park, which "currently receives from Congress a meager 37 cents for every dollar it needs," according to the media release.
As a fundraiser for the park, the Trust works with and defers to NPS to determine the best use for monies raised, explained Board Member Peter McKelvy.
While the Trust is open to working with specific communities that have ideas for programming or resources in their section of the Canal, McKelvy said the final say goes to NPS.
Part of the reason The Georgetown is being dismantled in the first place is a lack of resources. John Noel, a regional spokesperson for the agency, told Patch in a previous interview that the upkeep and repairs needed for the boat proved to be "cost prohibitive" given the NPS funding situation.
"We can’t raise money for a boat and put it in the park if the park staff doesn’t want it or can’t support it," McKelvy explained.
If you are interested in the Park in the Dark event, whether or not the monies come to Georgetown, the evening features live music, drinks, silent auctions, chili, cornbread, "a campfire, a photo booth, a Civil War encampment, and more," according to a media notice about the event.
When: Saturday, Oct. 13 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Historic Great Falls Tavern, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854
Cost: Tickets are $150, of which $115 is tax-deductible.
Contact Number: 301-714-2233