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West Columbia in Lexington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Friday’s Ferry

 
 
Friday’s Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
1. Friday’s Ferry Marker
Inscription.
This ferry was named after the German settler Martin Fridig, who changed his name to Friday. He came to the area about 1735. In 1754 Friday received permission from the Colonial assembly in Charleston to operate a ferry across the Congaree near this location. The ferry probably was a flat boat that was poled across the river. Colonial rules required that to operate the ferry, Friday had to give ordained ministers, those going to and from church, Indians, and public servants free passage. All others had to pay a fee of one shilling and three pence (about 75˘ in 2000 U.S. dollars). Friday’s Ferry remained an important link between the Richland and Lexington sides of the river until the 1790s, when the first bridges were constructed.
 
Location. 33° 59.689′ N, 81° 3.153′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, South Carolina, in Lexington County. Marker can be reached from Alexander Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located along the Three Rivers Greenway, near the Gervais Street Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia SC 29169, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “City of Columbia” Anchor (a few steps from this marker); Gervais Street Bridge (a few
Friday’s Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
2. Friday’s Ferry Marker
The Congaree River, which Friday's Ferry crossed, can be seen behind the marker.
steps from this marker); River Inn, c. 1740s (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Congaree River Bridges (within shouting distance of this marker); Milestones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congaree River Bridges (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1896 Power Plant (approx. Ľ mile away); a different marker also named Gervais Street Bridge (approx. Ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in West Columbia.
 
More about this marker. A picture on the right side of the marker depicts men transporting horses and a wagon across a river. It has a caption of “Early ferries may have looked something like this. Illustration courtesy of the S.C. State Museum
 
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
Friday’s Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
3. Friday’s Ferry Marker
Marker at the Three Rivers Greenway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
4. Marker at the Three Rivers Greenway
Gervais Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
5. Gervais Street Bridge
Friday’s Ferry served travelers in the area near this bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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