Williamsport

Williamsport (HM155U)

Location: Williamsport, MD 21795 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 36.048', W 77° 49.65'

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A Town on the Edge of History

— Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park —

William's Port lay on the edge of the Maryland frontier in 1787 when founded by Revolutionary War hero General Otho Holland Williams. In 1790 this river town nearly became capital of the United States when President George Washington personally visited Williamsport before selecting the current site of Washington, DC, 100 miles east.

In 1832, Williamsport changed as the C&O Canal reached the town. This town became a major place of transfer for goods transported by canal boats. In 1863, Confederate troops advanced and retreated through Williamsport during the Gettysburg Campaign. Here the Civil War could have ended when the flooded Potomac River trapped General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

Today, Williamsport is again on the edge of change. Connecting to its canal heritage with more canal structures than any other town along the canal, town leaders are revitalizing the town center to serve canal hikers and bikers. Welcome to Williamsport and experience this classic canal town!
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HM NumberHM155U
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Placed ByChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 257227 N 4387271
Decimal Degrees39.60080000, -77.82750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.048', W 77° 49.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 2.88" N, 77° 49' 39.00" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1206 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Williamsport MD 21795, US
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