Historical White's Ferry

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Historical White's Ferry
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Vicki A
Brunswick, Md.1,353 contributions
Jun 2020
My husband and I ventured to the C & O Canal Towpath here at White's Ferry today. We walked a couple of miles on the Towpath followed by walking around the Ferry grounds. We even had lunch there was was delicious!!! We highly recommend the Tuna Fish Sandwich. It was LOADED......nothing skimpy about it. We had a wonderful time!!!
Written June 15, 2020
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Led Z
Phoenix, AZ35 contributions
Jun 2021
In 1972 Hurricane Agnes flooded the Potomac river. Those of you who visited have seen the flood line on the top of the store. I was there as a teenager and helped saved the General Jubal Early. The last trip from the Virginia side to Maryland side we almost broke the cable as a HUGE tree was caught on that cable. Lucky we were able to back up and ram the tree and it fell off.

Rudy Fogle was sleeping that night in the 3rd floor of the store when he was awoken by a fireman knocking on the window. The river raised so fast!

I have a million stories about Whites Ferry during the hippie days. This place is a treasure - open it back up!
Written May 29, 2022
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M2135QCdennisc
Pylesville, MD28 contributions
Aug 2020
Traveling the White Ferry is a great experience. It brings you back to how travel must have been years ago. It is a cheap means of travel to access Leesburg and return to canal. There is also a small deli on property not owned by ferry. Food was great.
Written August 16, 2020
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james a
22 contributions
Jan 2021
When my in-laws came to visit, we thought they would enjoy the quaint ferry ride. On the ride over, it wasn't all that clear how it worked, and when I got out of the car, the ferry guy. yelled at me and told me I had to stay in or with the car. Once we crossed and got out, we went to the little restaurant to order sandwiches and it was super super crowded with a long wait, but when my mother-in-law made her way to the front and tried to order, the waitress kind of sarcastically made fun of her. It was awful, we had a terrible time and I was sorry and embarrassed I took them here.
Written July 22, 2021
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Mushroom1234
Washington DC122 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
My parents came to visit and I thought, it will be a fun thing to take the ferry (with my young daughter). Once we got on the ferry they literally yelled at us when we didn't know exactly what to do with the ticket--it was awful, my parents are elderly and it was upsetting to them and embarrassing to me. Then when we arrived, we wanted to get a sandwich to eat picnic style and the woman at the sandwich counter (another woman) literally yelled at my mother again. The woman was taking the order and asked what kind of bread and my mom didn't hear her and said mayonnaise and the woman screamed, "THAT'S NOT WHAT I ASKED," and I was like What the Hey??? It was a terrible experience and I can't figure out why everyone was so mean; we were super excited to be there and having a nice day. I would stay away.
Written February 27, 2018
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ContentiousBrit
Lansdowne, VA80 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
I liked the speed of the ferry - got across the potomac in a few minutes.

The staff were redneck, unwashed and rude.

I didn't enjoy the confederate flag flying above the US flag on the MD side of the ferry.
Written June 27, 2015
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TrvlsEatsExplrs
Washington DC, DC470 contributions
May 2018 • Family
If you ever have a need to travel between MD and VA and you are a bit too north and dont want to drive down and around the beltway, you have to give this a shot. I am not sure if there is another one of these within a hundred miles and it's fun to get on and enjoy a small ferry ride across the river. Take a moment and read a bit about the history first. Tell the kids to put their phones down and enjoy! Cash only!
Written May 6, 2018
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J D
Sterling, VA173 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
My Ruby Red Hat group decided to visit and cross over on this historic ferry, named after a Civil War general Jubal A. Early. There is a banner attached to the ferry itself with that name. It's located just outside of Leesburg, VA and off N. 15 after about 3 miles of 2-way traffic. Just follow the sign that says Whites Ferry to the right off the main road and pretty soon you run right into it. This cable run ferry ride takes maybe 10 minutes by the time you drive your car onto the ferry and cross over. The ferryman is a character. The fare is $8.00 round trip and in cash, which you hand over to the ferryman. If he happens to miss you the first leg over to the Poolesville, Md. side, you can pay him the whole fare on the way back, which is what happened to us. There is room for 3 cars side by side. You drive onto the ferry and stay in the middle. If there are more than 3 cars or so, the others are directed to drive either to the right or left of the line in the middle of the ferry. It looks like potentially there could be around 9 cars at a time crossing. The water that day was smooth and the day clear. The first sight you see as you disembark is the statue of the General to your right. On the building to the left one can see flood lines clearly marked on the building that go clear up to its second floor. To reach Poolesville, Md., just keep following the same 2-way road directly to the town. Our group ate lunch at the Watershed Cafe off Fisher Ave in town. It was a tiny place---boasted about 6 tables and a one-room toilet, and is the main eatery for anyone in the area. The food was home-cooked. Watch out for anything with egg in it---those dishes were salty. Other than that, it was fine for what it was. The xeroxed menu had plenty of choices and all ran around $6-8 dollars. Napkins, plastic silverware, and glasses of water are available and were self-serve. The 3 people that were working there were friendly and served our large group quickly. This trip duration was several hours and on a non-rainy day, was a great outing. I recommend this experience.
Written April 14, 2018
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China555 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
For $5 for the crossing this is a nice change of pace if you have the time and it's in the right direction for you. The ferry runs regularly so you won't have to wait long.

Be careful with the speed trap on the Maryland side on the way to Poolsville. In fact there are quite a few speed traps for the first 5 miles so ease off and watch your speed.
Written July 6, 2019
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woodlandsgirl
16 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Great way to travel between Rockville and Leesburg. Beautiful, relaxing and scenic drive through Poolesville. Quaint ferry ride over the Potomac. Call ahead though, because the ferry sometimes closes due to high water / debris on the river.
Written May 15, 2019
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