Perryville Railroad Museum, Perryville, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Where is Perryville, Maryland?  If you were asked that question, most of you would have no idea where the town is, and you would say that you have never been anywhere near this town.  The truth is that if you have driven along Interstate 95 or U.S. Route 40 or have taken an Amtrak train between Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware, you have passed through Perryville.  Some of you may have stopped at the truck stop.  It is on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna River where it empties out into the Chesapeake Bay.  Perryville has been a town that millions of people have passed.  Before Interstate 95, U.S. 40 and Amtrak, Perryville was a ferry port where people crossed the river from Havre de Grace to continue on their journeys.  Among those travelers was George Washington, the first President of the United States and Commander of the Continental Army who…

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