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SHARPSBURG, MD >> Ferry Hill Plantation House, Sharpsburg, an entity of The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, on July 25 will host an afternoon of bluegrass music in conjunction with the upcoming National Park Service centennial.

Lonesome Fiddle Ramblers will perform from noon to 3 p.m. in a free concert outside the house, which offers an impressive view of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and the Potomac River.

Take chairs and blankets for seating. Picnic lunches are welcome as well.

Activities for children will be available indoors. Ferry Hill Place, at about midpoint of the C&O Canal, is the former home of Henry Kyd Douglas, one of the youngest members of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's staff.

The site welcomes visitors with historical tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

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

Ferry Hill hosts a bicycle loaner program which allows visitors to borrow a bike for free for a 1- to 2-hour period.

Directions from Interstate 81 in Hagerstown: Take Exit 26 to I-70 west toward Frederick; take I-70 Exit 29, Md. 65 south toward Sharpsburg. Turn left onto Md. 65, Sharpsburg Pike. Turn right onto Md 34. The house is on the right just before crossing the bridge over the Potomac River.

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