Between 1836 and 1841, a system of eleven hand operated locks and dams were constructed on the Muskingum to assure a constant river pool for steamboat commerce. This was the first time a complete river had been canalized in the United States. Today, the Muskingum River locks and dams still operate by hand just as they did in 1841.† It was an engineering marvel of its day and still works.† The Valley Gem was specifically designed to operate through these locks.† On this day tour we will travel 44 miles up the Muskingum river through four locks and two side cut canals.† Our evening destination is the Stockport Inn, which was a grist mill in 1906. It now operates as a historic inn and restaurant.† The Muskingum River lock system is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Navigation Historic District.
Choose Saturday, October 13 or Sunday, October 14 and travel through four locks and 44 miles on the Muskingum River.† A continental breakfast, gourmet Captainís Lunch and snacks are served.† The Saturday trip departs from Marietta by boat at 9am and a bus will return you to the Valley Gem landing around 6:30pm.† The Sunday trip departs from the Valley Gem landing by bus at 8:30am.† The boat will depart Stockport around 10am and you will arrive at the Valley Gem landing around 5:30pm.† $109 per person.