Author to talk at Ferry Hill

June 14, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Ferry Hill is a 19th century house that sits on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Local Civil War historian and author Steve French will be the guest speaker Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ferry Hill Plantation across the river from Shepherdstown, W.Va.

French will discuss lesser known Civil War actions that occurred along and near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the Ferry Hill area.

The informal talk is a part of the Ferry Hill Sunday Circles series and will take place on the front porch of the Ferry Hill house. Ferry Hill is a 19th century plantation house that sits on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and Shepherdstown.

Henry Kyd Douglas, author of “I Rode with Stonewall,” is perhaps Ferry Hill’s most famous resident and is well-known as Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s youngest staff officer during the Civil War.

The house is open each week, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-August. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair.


For more information, contact the C&O Canal Williamsport Visitors Center at 301- 582-0813.

250th anniversary

The Sharpsburg Historical Society and the town of Sharpsburg invite the community to the Sunday, July 7, celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary.

All of the events including lunch, an ice cream social, and band concert are free.

The celebration will be from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those with photos, documents and memories of the town can bring those items to share as part of the family registry project.

For more information, call 301-992-9767.

Anniversary quilt planned

As part of the commemoration of Sharpsburg’s founding 250 years ago, residents and friends are creating an anniversary quilt.

The quilt is not a traditionally pieced and quilted creation. It is designed so that everyone can add stitches.

In fact, anyone who can hold a needle can contribute to the community project.

The quilt will be constructed daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 106 E. Main St. in Sharpsburg.

Evening hours will also be available.

For more information, call Jean at 301-491-7045.

Anyone can help make a quilt and make history. No experience is necessary.

The quilt will be an important part of the July 7 celebration in Sharpsburg.

For more information about the event, call 301-992-9767.

Church to hold Bible School

Burnside First Church of God, at 3904 Mills Road in Sharpsburg, will hold its vacation Bible school for those ages 2 and older from Sunday, July 7, to Friday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The theme is “Investigation Destination,” a search for clues to the King of Kings.

Students will portray secret agents, investigators on a special mission.

Each night will feature songs, crafts, snacks and learning.

For more information, call 301-432-2408.

Senior site news

Manager Martha Drennen will present a talk on “10 Healthy Cooking Tips” Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Southeastern Senior Center in Keedysville.

Lisa McCoy will conduct a nutrition screening program Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m.

Marcia Davies will conduct exercises Friday. The senior site is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Drennen at 301-432-5624.

Car club to hold cruise-in

The Mason-Dixon Region Antique Automobile Club of America will hold a cruise in/car show, including a car corral and flea market, Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center off Sharpsburg Pike.

All items are welcome.

The event will include Model T driving demonstrations, food and a bake sale.

Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 vehicles registered. The donation/registration fee is $8 per vehicle and $8 per car corral at the gate.

All cars are welcome. There will be no judging. Door prizes will be given away.

For more information, call 717-267-0549.

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