Seneca Quarry Tour with author Garrett Peck

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Seneca Quarry Tour - RESCHEDULED to JANUARY 5th

On account of the forecasted snowfall, we're going to postpone this Saturday's Seneca quarry tour by one week. It will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 11am.  The quarry will be lovely in the snow, without a doubt, but driving ten miles along windy River Road may be too treacherous. Other than the date change, the tour details are the same as before (see below):

As many of you may know, I'm publishing my next book, The Smithsonian Castle & The Seneca Quarry, which The History Press will release in February 2013 in time for Black History Month.

Winter is the ideal time to visit the quarry, as the leaves are off the trees and you can see what an incredible site it is. I've scheduled a tour for Saturday, January 5 at 11am. We'll meet at the C&O Canal's Seneca Aqueduct at the very end of Riley's Lock Road in Seneca, Maryland. There is a large parking lot and "facilities" (the portable kind).

What to bring? The tour will proceed, rain or shine, so be prepared to get a little muddy. Wear boots. Dress in warm layers. Pack a snack. And bring your camera. I'll bring a small pair of pruning sheers, in case people get caught in the wild rose that grows everywhere.

We'll start at Seneca Aqueduct, where I'll give an overview of the quarry's history, then we'll visit the stonecutting mill. We'll venture through the quarry, then up to see Bob Albiol's amazing redstone quarry master's house, and over to Bull Run, where they got the stone for the Smithsonian Castle. It should be about a two hour tour and will cover 1.5 miles round trip (including a steep climb up the quarry walls).

And yes (since you're going to ask), please bring kids!

Looking forward to seeing you on January 5 at Seneca quarry. Invite friends - it's free!

Garrett Peck