Swearingen's Ferry and Pack Horse Ford

Swearingen's Ferry and Pack Horse Ford (HMM0)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 26.272', W 77° 47.81'

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Thomas Swearingen began operating in 1755 a ferry where Rumsey Bridge now crosses the Potomac. It was about half a mile upstream from Pack Horse Ford. During the Revolution the Ford and Ferry served the Continental Army; British and German prisoners frequently crossed the river here, being marched from Virginia to Maryland prison camps at Frederick and Fort Frederick. Ferry was discontinued in 1849, when a covered bridge was erected.
HM NumberHMM0
Placed ByMaryland Bicentenial Commission and Maryland Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 12:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259298 N 4369102
Decimal Degrees39.43786667, -77.79683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.272', W 77° 47.81'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 16.32" N, 77° 47' 48.60" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16475-16499 MD-34, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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