Looking across the Potomac River from to Edwards Ferry boat ramp at Confluence Park in Leesburg, Virginia.
Located just off the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath near mile 30.9, the little town of Edwards Ferry sprung up almost overnight around this ferry crossing and the C&O Canal Lockhouse and Lock 25.
Not much remains here besides the lock, lockhouse, ferry boat ramp, and Jarboe's store ruins. This was the entry point on the canal for agricultural goods coming across the river from Virginia headed to Georgetown.
During the Civil War, the north bank of the Potomac became a militarized border. Edward's Ferry was a strategic hotspot with both the Union and the Confederate troops using the ferry crossing. With the canal's proximity to the Potomac, it was often the Confederate forces' target in an attempt to interrupt commerce. It was so bad that families living in the area were afraid to leave their homes, and the Union often occupied their fields while protecting the canal. As the war began to move south into Virginia, life in Edwards Ferry eventually calmed down.
Copyright 2021 Susan Rissi Tregoning
January 11th, 2021
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