River Crossing

River Crossing (HM158Y)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 26.152', W 77° 48.189'

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Shepherdstown was established near a natural ford used by American Indians and early settlers to cross the Potomac River. A ferry service, begun in 1775, reliably connected Shepherdstown with communities throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania for almost one hundred years.

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.
HM NumberHM158Y
Placed ByChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 9:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258747 N 4368897
Decimal Degrees39.43586667, -77.80315000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.152', W 77° 48.189'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 9.12" N, 77° 48' 11.34" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7-11 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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