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Old 03-17-2009, 11:25 AM   #190
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Watkins Ferry

Marker is on Route 11 north of Falling Waters, Berkeley County WV on the left driving north, before you cross the bridge.

When the American Indian uprising occurred in the 1750s, a fort called Maidstone was established at the Watkins Ferry crossing. On May 9, 1770, Lord Fairfax granted lots 5,6, 11 and 12 to Evan Watkins at a place called Maidstone on the Potomac River, though not much of a town or village ever developed here. This would be the earliest known area carved out into lots in what is now Berkeley County.
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