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Whitehaven and Upper Ferry


Route 352
Whitehaven, MD 21856

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7 am - 5:30pm / 7 days a week

Take a ride into history when you cross the Wicomico River on this three-car ferry. The first ferry began operating in 1688, and the present ferry is thought to be the oldest continuously operating in the United States. The ferry brings travels to or from Salisbury, MD from the quaint town of Whitehaven across the Wicomico River. Whitehaven remains little changed since colonial times. The hotel near the ferry, Whitehaven Hotel, began life as a private home in 1810 but became a hotel catering to travelers in 1877. Local legend says this is where Edna Ferber, inspired by the stories of the salesmen who traveled the Wicomico River wrote "Show Boat." Nearby is Upper Ferry, a smaller two-car ferry used by hundreds of area residents. 

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