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near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ferry Hill

Farm, Ferry and Freedom

 
 
Ferry Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 28, 2012
1. Ferry Hill Marker
Inscription. The brick home in front of you (Picture included) once stood at the heart of a Western Maryland plantation called "Ferry Hill." Built between 1812 and 1820, the plantation consisted of nearly 700 acres of land, a tavern, and a ferry. An enslaved workforce of 18 people ensured the farm's success. Ferry Hill's builder, John Blackford, was an advocate of building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal which crosses the lower part of the property along the Potomac River.

Ferry Hill overlooks a strategic crossroads of the Potomac, the canal, and a series of river crossings. These routes carried farm produce and coal, as well as immigrants and freedom seekers. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces occupied the home and grounds at various times. Henry Kyd Douglas, a resident of Ferry Hill, wrote the memoir, "I Rode with Stonewall," about his experiences as a Confederate officer.
(Picture included: John Blackford and Henry Kyd Douglas)
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.289′ N, 77° 47.887′ W. Marker is in near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington
John Blackford and Henry Kyd Douglas image. Click for full size.
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2. John Blackford and Henry Kyd Douglas
County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34). Click for map. Located on the grounds of a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Park Administrative area, on the opposite side of the road from the intersection between Shepherdstown Pike and Canal Road. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ferry Hill Place (here, next to this marker); Swearingen’s Ferry and Pack Horse Ford (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blackford’s Ford (about 400 feet away); The James Rumsey Bridge / The Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg (about 400 feet away); A View into the Past (about 600 feet away); Shepherdstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Blackford's Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ferry Hill Place (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Ferry Hill Plantation, National Park Service. Ferry Hill Plantation stood on the bluffs above the canal across the Potomac from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (Submitted on August 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Ferry Hill Marker, overlooks the Potomac River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 28, 2012
3. Ferry Hill Marker, overlooks the Potomac River
Ferry Hill, southside image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 28, 2012
4. Ferry Hill, southside
Ferry Hill image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 28, 2012
5. Ferry Hill
Ferry Hill, eastside image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 28, 2012
6. Ferry Hill, eastside
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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