Friends of the
Historic Great Falls Tavern

  P.O. Box 60481 Potomac MD 20859

Welcome to The Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern

The Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern is a non-profit, member supported organization dedicated to preserving the Historic Great Falls Tavern and other historic structures located in the C&O Canal National Historical Park (the Park).

Originally founded in 1973 as the Friends of the Great Falls Tavern to advocate on behalf of preservation and educational projects in Park, The Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern was formally chartered as qualified 501(c)(3) in 1997 both to succeed the mission of the the original Friends as well as to enable the organization to accept active stewardship of major preservation projects in the Park.

Since that time, the Friends have engaged in a number of public/private partnerships including: stewardship of a highly successful rehabilitation of the Tavern completed in 2000; as well as our most recent effort to build the replica canal packet boat, Charles S. Mercer currently sited on the canal at Lock 20 adjacent to the Tavern.

In addition to these projects, The Friends sponsor seasonal and cultural events at the Tavern, organize historical excursions in the Park and adjacent canal towns; as well as keeping our members informed as to ongoing preservation and conservation issues in the Park through a monthly newsletter.

For further information about joining the Friends please drop us a line at:

Recent Projects

Charles F. Mercer Launched
The replica packet boat Charles F. Mercer Afloat On The C&O Canal at Potomac, MD, August 30, 2006
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On September 9, 2006, following a successful two year fundraising effort, the replica, double decked, canal packet boat, Charles F. Mercer was officially christened and launched at Lock 20, Potomac, M.D. beginning the first of what is expected to be at least 30 seasons of passenger service.

Built by Scarano Boat Builders, Albany NY over the spring and summer of 2006, the Charles F. Mercer includes superstructure features typical of the double decked packet boats that plied the C&O during 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Charles F. Mercer is built on a painted aluminum hull with a fully cedar super-structure. The Mercer is 57' at water line with a beam of 13' ... More >




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