The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserves the history of a canal that began as a dream of passage to western wealth. In 1828 John Quincy Adams broke ground for the Canal with the ambitious goal to improve on nature with a navigable waterway from tidewater at Georgetown, Virginia to the Ohio River. The canal made it as far as Cumberland, Maryland in 1850 but by then canals were obsolete and replaced by the railroad. This Historical Park is comprised of eight visitor centers and a trail along the original canal's towpath. Each visitor center tells the story of the Canal and its battle with nature and the race with the railroad.
Our next historical park was Friendship Hill National Historic Site. This site was a home owned by Albert Gallatin. Most people wouldn't know who that is but we do after spending two summers in Montana in the Gallatin National Forest, having hiked along the Gallatin River, and having read the great book Undaunted Courage about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, we are of the few that had
|Friendship Hill home|
After moving on into Ohio we went to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. This park is comprised of several locations where the Wright brothers lived, had businesses, and performed their aviation tests. The main visitor center is downtown and is built where they had one of their bicycle shops and the building next door where they had their original printing shop. This visitor center has extensive displays and a film about their lives. Part of the display is about their printing shop, in the actual location, that they ran before they got into bicycles. You can also see one of their bicycles shops in the building next door. This is an excellent stop to learn more about the Wright brothers.
|Bicycle shop, print|
|Wright Brothers printing shop was|
on second floor of this building
|Wright 1909 Military Flyer|
|Bockscar B-29 Bomber that dropped|
the Fat Man atomic bomb on
Nagasaki on August 0, 1945
|F-22A Raptor - the worlds first stealthy|
air dominance fighter