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“Fun to cross”

Historical White's Ferry
Ranked #1 of 80 things to do in Leesburg
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Fun to cross”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

great little ferry to get to maryland/virginia. cheap for cars, even cheaper for motorcycles and foot (if you choose). owned by same family for many years. only ferry that i know of in the region.

Visited July 2014
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Vass, North Carolina
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“Great fun when on the motorcycle ride”
Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

White's ferry is a must do, whether riding your motorcycle or driving your car near Leesburg Virginia. Take the time to ride the ferry. very beautiful scenery of the Potomac River and great experience.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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“A Different Way To Cross The Potomac River”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

In our new Sunday regimen of a drive to lunch/brunch and a favorite attraction, Mrs Too and I crossed the Potomac River aboard the Gen. Jubal A. Early at Historic White’s Ferry in nearby upper Montgomery County, Md. We have done this many times in the past, once even trailing our Rockwood pop-up camper. There always seems to be some sort or other of a surprise, and this Sunday was no exception.

It being Memorial Day Weekend, we found the crossing a popular spot for many members of Rolling Thunder and their beautiful “hogs”, such bright colors and mighty rumbles. Evidently, the ferrymen staged about a hundred or so, then carried them across a boatload at a time. Having encountered them another year in Frederick on their way D.C., we had come to know them as mannerly, articulate citizens showing their esteem for true patriots in a uniquely moving fashion.

Unfortunately, Maryland has, in recent years, been scourged by cold, wet, ugly weather on this first weekend of summertime, but this year it was just plain gorgeous, and these fine folks having a grand time together enjoying the two hundred fifty year old attractions in the area set the stage for a very memorable holiday.

White’s Ferry is less than hour from almost anyplace in the Washington area, and a wonderful gateway to the history and culture of Northern Virginia. Originally known as Conrad’s Ferry, it was purchased by Elijah White, a Civil War veteran, who named his ferryboat after his former division commander. Early is a story unto himself. He led his troops so close to Washington that his officers could actually see the United States Soldiers’ Home in the distance. If you are a Civil War buff, watch for a review later when Ms Too and I re-visit his Virginia home.

The ferry toll is $5 per car one way, or $8 for a round trip. Bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians pay less. If you are both leaving from and returning to Montgomery County, the round trip might be for you. On the other hand, moving south through the fox hunting horse country, down into the colonial attractions of Fairfax County and Alexandria then re-crossing to Georgetown with its spires, cobbled streets and the southeastern terminus of the C&O canal, is a grand option for a very full day seeing the “other” Washington.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to hit the Ask Ben icon. There is nothing a serious reviewer, certainly not this reviewer, enjoys more than hearing from a reader. Travel safely and enjoyably.

Visited May 2014
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Ashburn, Virginia
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“Unusual journey”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

The only ferry remaining on the upper Potomac river. Travel where people crossed the Potomac River in the 1800's. A ferry attached to cable, pushed by diesel. Holds 24 cars. Can be a short cut for some traversing parts of MD an VA, or just enjoy a drive through the a countryside. Stop to see remains of the C&O canal barge tow path which is now a trail that runs from DC to Cumberland MD, about 184 miles.

Visited May 2014
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“Nice diversion”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

We tried the ferry as an alternative to the Beltway back to Vienna, VA from Maryland. It worked fine, even on a weekend when we suspected there might be a long wait. We were pleasantly surprised when the wait was only about 10 minutes. The ferry is not a major attraction, taking only about 10 minutes to cross a peaceful stretch of the Potomac, but the history is interesting. Moreover, it is a nice alternative to the crowded beltway and costs only $5 per car.

Visited May 2014
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