The quarries are actually right along the C&O Canal towpath, upstream from Washington. Our tour started at the Seneca Aqueduct, a landmark on the canal.
|The span to the left was wiped out by a flood, and hasn't been reconstructed.|
|The lock keeper's house at the aqueduct.|
One of the astonishing things about this is how many people don't know this is there. On the tour we had some local residents who had no idea this was here.
|The sluice that ran through the mill, running the water wheel that powered all the machinery.|
|A broken lintel, amazingly still in place.|
|This flower bed is probably over a century old, at the site of one of the quarry buildings, or where a worker lived.|
|A stone, set in the ground, with a hole. No idea what it's for.|
|One of the quarries, now overgrown.|
|Water seepage at the quarry site.|
|These eyelets guided cables that dragged blocks of stone.|
|The quarry master's house, now a private residence. On the hill over the quarries. The walls are native sandstone cut in different styles, probably as a sort of built-in advertising.|
|An old car, riddled with bullets. There's signs of bootlegging in the area, and who knows if this was really gunned down or just used for target practice over the years.|
|This overgrown gulch is the remains of the Bull Run quarry.|
|Another one of the Seneca Quarries.|
|This area is called the Rock Garden, for obvious reasons.|
Check out Garrett's book for more information and history, if you're so inclined. If you're one of those who hikes or bikes the canal, consider this for a side trip.