Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Today, nothing remains of the ferry service and stone pilings - island sanctuaries to plant and wildlife - are reminders of many subsequent bridge-building efforts. The present Rumsey Bridge was completed in 2006.
From this location you can see Ferry Hill Plantation, built by John Blackford sometime after the War of 1812. Two of Blackford's slaves ran the ferry beginning in 1816.
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 26.152′ N, 77° 48.189′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on North Duke Street / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 480), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on an overlook of the Potomac River, next to the Rumsey Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The James Rumsey Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Shepherdstown (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Shepherdstown (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); Blackford's Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); A View into the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); Belle Vue (approx. ¼ mile away); Ferry Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Ferry Hill Place (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.