Ferry Hill

Ferry Hill (HM13IU)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 26.289', W 77° 47.887'

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Farm, Ferry and Freedom

The brick home in front of you (Picture included) once stood at the heart of a Western Maryland plantation called "Ferry Hill." Built between 1812 and 1820, the plantation consisted of nearly 700 acres of land, a tavern, and a ferry. An enslaved workforce of 18 people ensured the farm's success. Ferry Hill's builder, John Blackford, was an advocate of building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal which crosses the lower part of the property along the Potomac River.

Ferry Hill overlooks a strategic crossroads of the Potomac, the canal, and a series of river crossings. These routes carried farm produce and coal, as well as immigrants and freedom seekers. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces occupied the home and grounds at various times. Henry Kyd Douglas, a resident of Ferry Hill, wrote the memoir, "I Rode with Stonewall," about his experiences as a Confederate officer.
(Picture included: John Blackford and Henry Kyd Douglas)
HM NumberHM13IU
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 3:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259188 N 4369137
Decimal Degrees39.43815000, -77.79811667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.289', W 77° 47.887'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 17.34" N, 77° 47' 53.22" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16500 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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