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Annual river crossing date set

By Staff | Sep 10, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN – People and dogs will again channel history by crossing the Potomac River at Pack Horse Ford near the intersection of Trough and River roads on Sept. 12. Previous crossings have been made by 300 people aged 8 to 83, and several dogs, without mishap.

Pack Horse Ford is a reliable crossing point for a long way up and down the river, the only one for the thousands of years before ferries and bridges. In September 1862, it was the route taken by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army back to the South after the Battle of Antietam

Beginning at noon, walkers will gather at the wall in front of McMurran Hall to walk down River Road to the ford.

An extra pair of dry shoes and a towel can be brought in a small backpack or carried by friends greeting crossers on the Maryland side.

Following the crossing and a walk back along the C&O Canal, historic water craft will carry participants back across the Potomac to the waterfront at the Tobacco Warehouse landing.

A picnic will follow. Some food, drink and utensils will be provided. Bring a covered dish to share, a chair and if you are willing, your musical instrument.

Jay Hurley and Peter Wilson conceived the idea for the crossing as a way to celebrate Shepherdstown and the Potomac River. It is executed and supported each year with the help of their friends and neighbors.