Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A View into the Past
The river crossing was an important commercial stop along the C&O canal route. Canal boats left the lock on the Maryland side and navigated across the river to West Virginia. Once loaded with cement, flour, or grain they resumed their journey along the canal.
I was with the company that set fire to [the bridge], and when, in the glare of the burning timbers, I saw the glowing windows in my home on the hill beyond the river [I] knew my father was a stockholder in the property that I was helping to destroy.
- Henry Kyd Douglas, from his book, I Rode with Stonewall. Douglas's father lived at Ferry Hill, the residence that still stands on the hill overlooking this scene.
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 39° 26.222′ N, 77° 47.985′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling north. Located on the Maryland side of the Ramsey Bridge. Best viewed by parking at the C&O Canal stop below the bridge and walking up the stairs to the overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shepherdstown (within shouting distance of this marker); Blackford's Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferry Hill Place (about 600 feet away); Swearingen’s Ferry and Pack Horse Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Blackford’s Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); The James Rumsey Bridge / The Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); River Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.