I know it’s technically in Maryland, but at least one side of White’s Ferry is in LoCo. Located just north of Leesburg on Route 15, there is more to this place than just a tranquil ride to Montgomery County.
Founded in 1817, the original operation was known as Conrad’s (pronounced Coonrod’s) Ferry. Virginia farmers used it to get their crops to market in Maryland and Washington D.C. via the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. After the Civil War, it was purchased by Confederate officer Elijah V. White. He named the ferry boat after his commanding officer General Jubal Anderson Early, and it still boasts the same name today.
In addition to providing a Potomac River crossing, White’s Ferry also offers a boat landing, bait and tackle for fishing, picnic grounds and a small store with a snack bar. If you are looking for a fun way to spend your day and get a little exercise while you’re at it, canoe rentals can be had for two hours or all day. Feeling a little more adventurous? Shuttles are available with starting points in Nolan’s Ferry, Brunswick, Point of Rocks, and Harper’s Ferry. Wear your swimsuit and pack a picnic, the river is pretty calm and the water is warm. We had a great time, I’d love to hear about yours.