"The Point" marks Shenandoah River's birthStraight ahead is "The Point" where the North River (Ieft) and the South River (right) meet to form the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Imagine a day in the early 1800s when the river depth was right for trafﬁc. A ﬂotilla of ﬂat-bottomed boats, called gundalows, waited to set off down-river for Harpers Ferry. On the captain's signal, eight-foot-long tin horns signaled the departure. Usually, a boat was crewed by four pole-men and a man each to the front and rear rudders. At Harpers Ferry, boats were dismantled and the lumber used for buildings. The boatmen, paid as much as $18 for the two or three day trip down-river, returned home on foot.
|Placed By||The Society of Port Republic Preservationists, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 691539 N 4240938|
|Decimal Degrees||38.29610000, -78.80968333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 17.766', W 78° 48.581'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 17' 45.96" N, 78° 48' 34.86" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8741-8749 State Rte 1602, Port Republic VA 24471, US|
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