SHARPSBURG - When devising plans to turn Ferry Hill into a tourist attraction, C&O Canal National Historic Park officials have at least three options from which to choose, officials said.
Canal Superintendent Doug Faris said the historic house and surrounding land along the Potomac River could be restored to look as it did:
-- during the early years of the C&O Canal operation;
-- when Civil War officer Henry Kyd Douglas was growing up there;
-- around 1924 when the canal ceased operation.
The C&O Canal, which stretches along the Potomac River for 185 miles from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md., operated from 1850 until 1924.
Washington County historian John Frye said he favors giving it a flavor of the 1830s, when Ferry Hill owner John Blackford manufactured cement for the canal and wrote detailed journals about life during that period.