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Rocky Hill in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Nation's Oldest Ferry

 
 
Nation's Oldest Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
1. Nation's Oldest Ferry Marker
Inscription.
State Historic Landmark
Nation's oldest continuously operating ferry. Since 1655, public transportation across the Connecticut River has been provided at this site, connecting the towns of Rocky Hill and Glastonbury, both formerly parts of Wethersfield. Motive power has been supplied at various times by poles, oars, a horse treadmill and a steam engine. Privately operated for 260 years, this ferry became a State facility in 1915. It is now operated by the State Department of Transportation. Crossing time, 4 minutes.
State of Connecticut Department of Transportation
in cooperation with
The Connecticut Historical Commission
1973

 
Erected 1973 by Connecticut Department of Transportation and The Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 39.987′ N, 72° 37.822′ W. Marker is in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Meadow Road (Connecticut Route 160) and Ferry Lane, on the right when traveling north on Meadow Road. Click for map. Located next to the parking lot and ferry ramp. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Hill CT 06067, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rocky Hill (approx. 0.4
Nation's Oldest Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
2. Nation's Oldest Ferry Marker
The marker as seen from the street
miles away); Rocky Hill World War II Monument (approx. half a mile away); Rocky Hill Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away); Richard Caputo Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Rocky Hill World War II Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rocky Hill Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rocky Hill World War I Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rocky Hill Korean Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rocky Hill.
 
Regarding Nation's Oldest Ferry. The Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry makes countless trips across the Connecticut River each day from May 1 to October 31 during daylight hours. The short but enjoyable ride costs $3.00 per car and $1.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The state is looking to close the ferry in August, 2011 because of budget cuts.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry, CT Department of Transportation. (Submitted on August 7, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry on Wikipedia
The Ferry Approaches the Rocky Hill Landing image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
3. The Ferry Approaches the Rocky Hill Landing
Fully loaded - three cars
. (Submitted on August 7, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Cumberland image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
4. The Cumberland
This small diesel-powered tugboat pushes the barge, Hollister III, across the Connecticut River.
The Cumberland image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
5. The Cumberland
The hard-working tugboat Cumberland swings around to push the barge across the river to Glastonbury. The Connecticut River is about 200 yards wide here.
Nation's Oldest Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 6, 2011
6. Nation's Oldest Ferry
The ferry begins another trip across the river to Glastonbury.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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