Near Dickerson in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
More than a convenient river crossing, the ferry provided a place of commerce between the canal and surrounding community. Farmers from Virginia used the ferry to get their crops to market in Washington, D.C., and Maryland via the C&O Canal. In the days before modern refrigeration, a farmer's access to reliable transportation meant the difference between prosperity and watching a year's worth of work rot in storage. Together the canal and the ferry shortened the time it took farmers to get goods to market. Today White’s Ferry continues to serve the needs of its community by providing a safe river crossing and a living link to the past.
(Sidebar) To assist farmers in getting their crops to market, White built a granary along the canal to store grains until they could be loaded and shipped via the canal.
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 9.284′ N, 77° 31.043′ W. Marker is near Dickerson, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Whites Ferry Road (Maryland Route 107) and River Road. Click for map. Marker is on the C&O Canal towpath at Mile 35.5, beneath the old bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named White’s Ferry (about 300 feet away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (about 300 feet away); Sharpsburg (Antietam) Campaign (approx. 1.3 miles away in Virginia); Ball’s Bluff Overlook (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); Union Artillery (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia); Jenifer’s Cavalry (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Dickerson.
Regarding White’s Ferry. Fare for automobiles is $4 one way or $6 round trip. Pedestrians and bicyclists 50¢ each.
Also see . . . Mutinous Ferry Roils the Waters. “Boat Owner Entangled in Licensing Dispute Ignores Coast Guard’s Order to Shut Down. ‘It’ll be a cold day in hell before they collect any money from me.’ ” 2006 Washington Post article by Frederick Kunkle. (Submitted on December 7, 2006.)
1. Heading West...
I was 23 years old in 1968, and heading west on my first cross-country motorcycle trip. I was riding a Suzuki T-500 twin, burdened with two army knapsacks for saddlebags and my backpacking gear on a tail rack.
I lived in Washington Grove, MD then, and remember hitting the Jubal A. Early ferry at about 7 AM. It was a cool morning and the water was warmer than the air, making a rising fog coming off the river. The ferry was smaller then, and would only hold about four or five vehicles. I believe there was one other car on the ferry as I headed west into a great adventure. It was well before traveling thre country on a motorcycle was common, and I grew up a lot on the road. One good piece of advice I remember getting: you'll find hospitality most everywhere you go, and I did.
But the magic that began the whole trip started with crossing the Potomac on the Jubal A, and I've never forgotten
— Submitted August 21, 2008, by Tock Frantz of Lancaster, Massachusetts.
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