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Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

At the Junction of War and Peace:

Lockhouse 25 and Edwards Ferry

 

—Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park —

 
At the Junction of War and Peace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
1. At the Junction of War and Peace Marker
Inscription. In the mid-nineteenth century, Lockhouse 25 and the surrounding community of Edwards Ferry, Maryland, reaped the advantages of their locations. With the nearby river lock, the area served as the bustling entry point to the C&O Canal for agricultural goods from Loudoun County, Virginia to the port of Georgetown. Following the opening of the canal in 1833, a community sprouted up almost overnight.

A store was established, warehouses were built, and trade with southern neighbors thrived. It was not destined to last...Virginia seceded from the Union in April 1861. The north bank of the Potomac transformed into a militarized border. Neighbors became enemies with homes occupied and innocents arrested. Farms and warehouses plundered. Crops trampled upon and destroyed. The little community at Edwards Ferry was converted into an armed camp. Life along the canal was disrupted for the next four bloody years.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.223′ N, 77° 28.35′ W. Marker is in Poolesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Edwards Ferry Road 0.1 miles west of River Road, on the
At the Junction of War and Peace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
2. At the Junction of War and Peace Marker
right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is just south of the Lock 25 Lockhouse on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14800 Edwards Ferry Road, Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An Ideal Crossing (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Edwards Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Edward’s Ferry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (approx. 1.1 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Edwards Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away in Virginia); Ice House (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Carriage House (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Poolesville.
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
At the Junction of War and Peace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
3. At the Junction of War and Peace Marker
with the stabalized ruin of Jarboe's Store in the background.
Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
4. Ruins
These Ruins are what is left of a once thriving community at Edwards Ferry. They are believed to be the remains of a store of blacksmith shop.
Close-up of photo on marker
Robert Sneden's 1861 Sketch image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
5. Robert Sneden's 1861 Sketch
Artist rendition of the Edwards Ferry Community in 1861. The drawing shows the area was very business oriented with a general store, lockhouse, office, and outbuildings nearby. Painting courtesy of the VA Historical Society Volume 1: A guide to the Robert Knox Sneden Diary 1861-1865.
Close-up of image on marker
Experience history....<br>spend the night in the lockhouse! image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
6. Experience history....
spend the night in the lockhouse!
Ever wonder what it was like to live in a lockhouse? Spend the night in one of several lockhouses along the canal. Step back in time and immerse yourself in history. If you listen closely, you may hear voices from the past whispering their stories. For more information visit www.canalquarters.org.
Close-up of image on marker
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal<br>National Historical Park<br>Edwards Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
7. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
National Historical Park
Edwards Ferry
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Lockhouse 25 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
8. Lockhouse 25
The stabilized ruins of Jarboe's Store. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 26, 2014
9. The stabilized ruins of Jarboe's Store.
This general store was operated by Eugene E. Jarboe in the late 19th and early 20th century. It closed in 1906. In 1996 flood damage forced the National Park Service to partially tear down the two story brick structure.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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