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 301-714-2219 or by email

Hilary Grabowska

Hilary grew up in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from the University of Montana. Hilary worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for five seasons as an Interpretive Ranger before assisting the Volunteer Program at the C&O Canal. As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador, Hilary will be helping the National Park Service transition into the next century by engaging more volunteers. Hilary’s interests include history blogging, traveling and rock climbing. Hilary is an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the park. She can be reached by email.