Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2023 Lecture Series:

“Secrets of the C & O Canal”

Presented by James Rada, Jr.

Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m.

In person or Live-streamed via Zoom

St. James United Church of Christ,
10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville

The C&O Canal’s history is as long as the canal itself, and is filled with mishaps, crimes, secrets, and drama.

On Sunday, March 12, join author James Rada Jr. and and the Lovettsville Historical Society to learn some of the secrets of the C&O Canal.

Where was it originally planned to go? How did it help create the U.S. Constitution? How did the Johnstown flood help kill the canal? Does the federal government really own the canal? Who was the lockkeeper murdered on the canal, and was he really murdered? And that’s just the beginning.

James Rada, Jr. writes non-fiction history and historical fiction. His books include the historical novels CanawlersOctober MourningBetween Rail and River, and The Rain Man. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland. Many of his books have been bestsellers in their categories on

Jim lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.

The presentation will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, at 10 East Broad Way, in Lovettsville. The program will be followed, as is customary, by questions and discussion.

The Zoom link will be sent out before the lecture. To request the Zoom link, please RSVP to

Admission is free, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

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