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ferry hill plantation was established by john blackford (1771-1839). blackford owned a 700 acre plantation and a ferry service across the potomac from maryland to virginia. he is best known for his journal about daily life on the plantation. blackford built ferry place plantation house in 1812. blackford died in 1839 and his son franklin took over the operation of the plantation and ferry. in 1848 franklin blackford sold the plantation to his brother-in-law robert douglas. the ferry operation ceased in the 1850's due to the construction of the james rumsey bridge. due to the plantation's location on the potomac both confederate and union armies occupied the property. during the battle of antietam ferry hill served as both a confederate field headquarters and hospital. robert douglas died in 1867 and ferry hill passed on to his son henry kyd douglas. henry kyd douglas was on general thomas jackson's staff and is most famous for his civil war memoir "i rode with stonewall". after the civil war ferry hill ceased to be an active farm and in 1974 was acquired by the national park service. ferry hill is worth a stop when traveling between sharpsburg and shepardstown on RT 34.
ferry hill is located on the east bank of the potomac river 4 miles west of sharpsburg on RT 34.
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