Canal Place Heritage Area

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The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority's mission is to be the catalyst for the preservation, development, and management of the lands adjacent to the C & O Canal in Cumberland, and be the advocate for preservation and development within the Canal Place Preservation District and the greater Cumberland area, for the purpose of enhancing heritage tourism in Western Maryland.


The Canal Place Heritage Area has three major components: the historic and recreational feature of the C&O Canal National Historic Park, the river-related lands along the Potomac River, and the architectural resources of Cumberland's downtown and the west side.


The Canal Place Heritage Area is managed by the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, a state agency. The Authority is charged with the preservation, development and management of the Heritage Area.

Management Plan

Preparation of a management plan approved by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is a requirement for becoming a Maryland “Certified” Heritage Area. The approved Management Plan includes information on the boundaries of the Certified Heritage Area and “Target Investment Zones,” and presents the heritage area’s vision and goals and the strategies, projects, programs, actions, and partnerships that will be implemented to accomplish them.

Click here to view the Management Plan

Contact Information

Ms. Deidra Ritchie, Executive Director
Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority

13 Canal Street, Room 301
Cumberland, MD 21502

301-724-3655 or 800-989-9394
800-735-2258 (TTY/TDD)
301-724-3655 (fax)



This page updated: March 25, 2014