Near Dickerson in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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 National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1817.
Location. 39° 9.284′ N, 77° 31.043′ W. Marker is near Dickerson, MarylandTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); The History of White's Ferry (about 500 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
Regarding White’s Ferry. 2006 Fare for automobiles is $4 one way or $6 round trip. Pedestrians and bicyclists 50¢ each.
2017 Toll Ferry - Cash Only Cars One Way: $5.00 Cars Roundtrip: $8.00 Motorcycles: $3.00 Bicycle: $2.00 Pedestrian: $1.00 Trucks: Varies
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
But the magic that began the whole trip started with crossing the Potomac on the Jubal A, and I've never forgotten it. Glad to hear it's still crossing the river.
— Submitted August 21, 2008, by Tock Frantz of Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 17,578 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 3. submitted on December 7, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on December 7, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on December 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 16, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.