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Ferry Hill Place to offer C&O Canal living history programs

July 19, 2012

SHARPSBURG, Md. — The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will offer living history programs at the historic Ferry Hill Place in Sharpsburg from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Aug. 5, and on occasional days through the end of August.

The character of Mary Bender of Sharpsburg will discuss her life as a “canawler,” working and living on the C&O Canal in 1915.

Ferry Hill Place is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until mid-September and is free to visitors. Along with living history programs, Ferry Hill Place also offers interpretive programs led by park rangers and park volunteers. New exhibits depict the history of the mansion and the impact of the C&O Canal on the surrounding areas.

Ferry Hill Place is the former home of Henry Kyd Douglas, the youngest officer under the command of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson during the Civil War, and author of the famous book, “I Rode with Stonewall.”

Ferry Hill is a 19th-century plantation house that sits above the C&O Canal and overlooks the scenic Potomac River and historic Shepherdstown, W.Va.

For more information, call the Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.

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