Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Swearingen’s Ferry and Pack Horse Ford
Erected by Maryland Bicentennial Commission and Maryland Historical Society.
Location. 39° 26.272′ N, 77° 47.81′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34) and Canal Road, on the left on Shepherdstown Pike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blackford’s Ford (a few steps from this marker); The James Rumsey Bridge / The Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Hill Place (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferry Hill (about 400 feet Ferry Hill Place (about 500 feet away); A View into the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Blackford's Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shepherdstown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
1. Name and Location of the Ford
The ford here became one of the favored crossing points on the Potomac from the colonial times. The ford would go by many different names over time, and by some accounts each name was specific to a particular crossing path along the river bed. Early settlers used the name Pack Horse to indicate the crossing point used by Indians, with a rather ambiguously defined location. Later the ford became part of the Philadelphia Wagon Road and the path used by the road was called Wagon Road Ford. Later a flour and cement mill was built upstream with a dam, known as Botelor Mill. The ford just down
— Submitted July 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,130 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.