The Patowmack Canal

The Patowmack Canal (HMPV)

Location: McLean, VA 22102 Fairfax County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.785', W 77° 15.269'

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1785-1828

This canal, skirting the 76-foot drop of the Great Falls of the Potomac, was the most demanding and complex of the five canals built by the Patowmack Company.

The company was founded by George Washington on May 17, 1785 to improve the Potomac River for access and trade with the western frontier.

The agreement that was developed between Maryland and Virginia to share the river for their common purpose led to further meetings—Annapolis (1786) and Philadelphia (1787) and the to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Donated by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society and friends of George W. Higgs, Jr.
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 8:35am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 304759 N 4318796
Decimal Degrees38.99641667, -77.25448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.785', W 77° 15.269'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 47.10" N, 77° 15' 16.14" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703, 571, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean VA 22102, US
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