Harford History

September 10, 2006

Sept. 10, 1781: The heavy artillery and baggage train of the French Count de Rochambeau camped at Indian Spring before traveling south to join American troops at Bush. This encampment gave him easy access to Bald Friar, a well-known ford and ferry on the Susquehanna River. The most southern ford of the river, Bald Friar was part of Robert West's "Maiden's Mount" property, which extended between Peddler's Run and Broad Creek.

Rochambeau traveled to Bush via Trappe and Churchville, accounting for just some of the military traffic that passed through Harford County during the Revolutionary War.

[Sources: The Complete Guide to Maryland Historic Markers by Joe A. Swisher; Our Harford Heritage by C. Milton Wright; research by Harford County Public Library.]

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