24801 Whites Ferry Road, Leesburg, VA, USA
White's Ferry Leesburg Reviews
Stepping Back in Time on White's Ferry Aug 19, 2007
White's Ferry is the only ferry crossing of the Potomac River. It's the last of what was once a number of ferry services connecting Virginia and Maryland across the Potomac. White's Ferry has been in operation since 1817. Once, the ferries were vital for Virginia farmers wanting to market their produce to Washignton, DC, or Baltimore. The ferry operation today speaks of another age. The ferry itself is a barge named the Gen. Jubal A. Early that is pulled across the river via a steel cable. (I'm reminded of the Mopan ferry in Belize.)
Despite its quaint appearance, White's Ferry serves an important commuter function, linking Leesburg and Loudon County, Virignia, with Montgomery County Maryland. Dozens of commuters use the ferry to get to work each weekday. On weekends, the ferry is a convenient shortcut across the Potomac for shoppers or for hikers and cyclists. Or, it's just very fun to see and ride in and of itself!
The ferry is ver inexpensive. Cars are $6.00 (round trip), cyclists $1.00 and pedestrians/hikers $.50. A store on the Maryland side has a cafe and rents canoes for exploring the river.
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