“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Conowingo in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Bald Friar Ford & Ferry

Bald Friar Ford & Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 21, 2007
1. Bald Friar Ford & Ferry Marker
The ford is now at the bottom of Conowingo Lake following the construction of Conowingo Dam in the 1920's.
Inscription. Near Pilot, two and one-half miles northwest of this point, lies the site of a Susquehanna fording used by Indians before the coming of the white man. By 1695, a barge provided ferry service to the colonists. The Conowingo Lake now covers the site.

On April 12, 1781, Lafayette moved his troops south by way of this ford, followed by Rochambeau’s Artillery and baggage detachments on September 10 of the same year.
Erected by Bald Friar Bicentennial Community.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
Location. 39° 41.949′ N, 76° 10.442′ W. Marker is near Conowingo, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is at the intersection of Rock Springs Road (Route 2222) and Old Conowingo Road, on the left when traveling north on Rock Springs Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Conowingo MD 21918, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Susquehannock Indian Fort (approx. 2.7 miles away); Conowingo (approx. 3.1 miles away); Berkley Crossroads (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lafayette at Colonel Rigbie’s House
Conowingo Dam image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 1, 2007
2. Conowingo Dam
(approx. 3.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Richards Oak (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Proprietors of the Susquehanna Canal (approx. 3.8 miles away); Keziah's Diary (approx. 4.6 miles away); West Nottingham Academy (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Conowingo.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,747 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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