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

Emily Hewitt

Emily is the Volunteer Program Manager for the park. She 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 volunteer program. She can be reached at 301-714-2219 or by email





Kelsey Smith  

Kelsey is the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator through the Student Conservation Association. Prior to coming to the C&O Canal, she spent two summers working as a Seasonal Interpreter at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York and one summer as a Seasonal Interpreter at Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She can be reached at 301-745-5810 or by email.




Mary Kate Gentile   

Mary Kate is the Canal Steward Intern through the Student Conservation Association. Before coming to C&O Canal, she completed SCA internships at George Washington Memorial Parkway as a Mount Vernon Trail Bike Ambassador and at sister parks Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and Saint-Gaudens NHS as the Special Events, Interpretation, and Volunteer Coordination Intern. She has a bachelor’s degree in American History from the University of Maryland.