Sailing Through History
Sistersville’s ferry begins a new season of travel starting this week.
Tyler County is the only West Virginia county on the Ohio River that does not have a bridge connecting it to Ohio.
For nearly 200 years, the ferry has served as a link between the two states. The City of Sistersville II, as it is called, is the last operating ferry on the river in the entire state. It is currently piloted by Captain Herman Hause, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Operational expenses to maintain the ferry are provided by fares and donations from area businesses and individuals.
Though prices have slightly increased, the cost is a bargain for tourists seeking new adventure and maybe even a faster way to get from point A to point B.
The ferry draws thousands of people to Sistersville and Tyler County each year. “Many people come to Sistersville every years from out of town and other states around the country just to ride the ferry for the nostalgic fun of it,” Hause said.
Support for the ferry is essential not only to the city’s identity, but as an enduring part of West Virginia’s history.