Monday, January 3, 2011

Old Nemacolin Ferry. Nemacolin, PA, Greene County

Ok....Chip has his Crucible Ferry, so I figured  I'd adopt my own.
I have heard in the past there was a ferry boat on the banks of the river that ran between Nemacolin, PA and German Township, Fayette county.  As I was out driving the Fayette side last week, I stumbled upon a road that led to the river named, surprise, Ferry Road.  I turned down, passed the last house on the right but alas, it had snowed the night before and the road seemed steep and I was alone and didn't feel like pushing the giant Toyota out of a ditch alone, so I plan on coming back soon.

If you look here....

(I'm an interactive map, play w/ me!)

View Larger Map can see Ferry Road on the Fayette side, seems to want to meet up w/ Pershing Blvd on the Greene county side. Although there are no street signs, a red brick road runs behind the former Nemacolin mine site that I seem to think is Pershing road.

A brick from the road

Heading to the river.

As I said earlier, not too many people have much information about this, and I have only found minimal info on this world wide interweb, this one seemed the most helpful....

From what I am imagining, this ferry probably didn't last too long after the nearby Masontown Bridge
was erected in 1925 or so.
If you have any more information on this, please send it our way!


  1. Browns Ferry crossed the Mon just outside Palmer, in Fayette County. If you scroll the map toward Palmer you can see the ferry approach ramp going under the railroad tracks. It was called Browns Ferry because the Brown family operated a grocery store at the site on the Fayette side. I rode this ferry many times as a child. It closed in the late 50s if memory serves me right. Sad. It was always a big adventure when I was little.

  2. Here is a link to information about this ferry. The one I mentioned earlier was the next one down the river. I didn't realize there were so many. This ferry closed in 1949, as the article states. Very informative.

  3. Janeine Echard Van Der MolenSeptember 17, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    According to an article from the Fayette County Historical Society -- Stories of the Brown Family, etc., Rebecca Fisher Brown (1834-1891) (my great-grandmother) operated the ferry for many years. The Brown family were one of the pioneer families in German Township, moving there from Chester County, PA. Rebecca's husband, James, was born there in 1798. The article is very interesting.