Back in May in this post, I wrote about the ruin of a building at the entrance to the location of Edwards Ferry along the C&O Canal. That was the general store operated by Eugene E. Jarboe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The National Park Service took down the remaining walls of the store today. I was taken by surprise when I saw the demolition as I happened to be passing by the area on my trike this afternoon.
As I was taking photographs, an NPS employee who was overseeing the operation came over and struck up a conversation with me. He explained that the building had become unstable and dangerous and one of its walls had collapsed on its own during the summer. Therefore, they decided to remove the remaining walls. The foundation walls will, however, be retained and restored.
The same employee also told me that the roof of the building was in place until the early 1970s. If the building had been repaired back then, it would be in a much better condition today. But, I was explained that because this building was a secondary structure associated with the Canal, the primary structures being the Canal itself and the locks, etc., its maintenance had lower priority.