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Edwards Ferry Lockhouse

Posted by
Elaine Hancock (Olney, United States) on 25 September 2017 in Architecture.

Edwards Ferry Lockhouse is located at lock 25 along the C&O canal and is adjacent to the Potomac River. The house was completed in 1830. The lockhouse was home for the lock master who controlled the canal lock. The C&O Canal had 75 locks. The boatmen along the Potomac River called Edwards Ferry "Haunted House Bend". They reported hearing strange noises, including blood-curdling screams and moans. They'd say mules passing through became restless and spooked.

"There are moments when time stands still. You hope it will wait for you."
Dorothea Lange

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Une belle légende. )

25 Sep 2017 5:49am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a fine tale lingering on there . . I want to believe !

25 Sep 2017 5:54am

ceteceva from Angers, France

Make of the fire in fireplaces to hunt the ghosts !

25 Sep 2017 6:55am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle maison et vue quelle maison sueprbe compo.

25 Sep 2017 7:08am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


25 Sep 2017 7:10am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful light.

25 Sep 2017 7:44am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique la lumière

25 Sep 2017 9:27am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A splendid composition !

25 Sep 2017 10:29am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

How did it feel to you? :) A nicely textural doc shot

25 Sep 2017 10:36am

@grouser: The woods behind the house were very dark. I was there in the late afternoon. Not sure that I would want to be out there at night!

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Impressive building and I loved the story. Did you hear any strange noises? Did the hair on your neck stand up?

25 Sep 2017 11:07am

@beach: I was there in the late afternoon. It is in a very isolated area. There were people fishing along the river. The woods look very dark. I would not want to be down there at night!

Shaun from Thorton, United States

What a great old building, complete with ghosts. You should investigate more on this place Elaine. A wonderful capture. 5*

25 Sep 2017 11:15am

@Shaun: It is popular to ride a mountain bike down the entire length of the C&O Canal which is 186 miles. This is one of 5 lock houses that you can stay in over night. It is basically a room with beds that you can put your sleeping bag on. Now after reading about it's history, I am not sure that I would want to stay in this one!

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors, lights & textures!

25 Sep 2017 11:35am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the spooky stories. A lovely image of this simple looking building with such a history.

25 Sep 2017 1:01pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It's an interesting size for a live-in lock person. The mystery noises adds to the picture enjoyment.

25 Sep 2017 2:47pm

Devi from Chennai, India

what an old building !! Looks very interesting !

25 Sep 2017 3:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this old house with its colorful history.

25 Sep 2017 5:05pm

BiLL from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

You took the shot at just the right time to capture the light.

25 Sep 2017 6:12pm