The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the canal. The Trust seeks to ensure the Park’s  natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

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About Us

Danny Filer

Danny, originally from Frostburg, Maryland, worked as a seasonal ranger with Ranger Rita Knox in Cumberland for four years before joining the park as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator. Danny currently works as the park’s Partnerships Coordinator, working with the numerous park partners and overseeing the park’s Volunteer Program.  Danny has a bachelor’s degree in history, a Master of Education degree, a Master of Business Administration degree, and recently earned his doctorate from West Virginia University. His interests include American social history, higher education administration, and public service programs. He can be contacted in his office at 301-714-2218 or by email.

Emily Hewitt

Emily grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston. She has a master’s degree in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University. Emily worked three years as a seasonal Interpretive Ranger for the C&O in Williamsport and Hancock before joining park headquarters to manage the park volunteer program. Emily enjoys traveling, and has been to several countries including Brazil, Argentina, Belize, France, and Russia. Emily is the Volunteer Coordinator for the park. She can be reached at 301-491-7309 or by email

Chad Crumrine

Chad grew up in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Shippensburg University.  Prior to assisting with volunteer coordination at the C&O Canal, he served with the Student Conservation Association’s Trail Town Outreach Corps.  Through this position, Chad worked along the Great Allegheny Passage to make connections between the trail and the towns.  His personal interests include hiking, playing bass guitar, and historic preservation. Chad is the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the park. He can be reached by phone at (301)745-5810 or by email.