North Carolina-Elwell’s Ferry-January 4

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 4
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

There are still some great FREE experiences in North Carolina. One is located in Bladen County, NC it is the Elwell’s Ferry located on the Cape Fear River connecting the communities of Kelly and Carver.


The Elwell Ferry began operation in 1905. Two brothers, John R. and Walter H. Russ, began the service which crosses the same point to this day. At the time, the Elwell Ferry was one of numerous river ferries in the state and the country operated by local residents to connect local farms and villages to each other. I and others look at the Elwell Ferry a living relic of early transportation within North Carolina.

Today, the ferry is owned and operated by the NC Department of Transportation. The ferry holds a maximum of two passenger vehicles and is pulled across the river with cables.


It runs from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the Spring and Summer and from sunrise to sunset in the Winter and Fall.

If you are driving on NC 87 or NC 53 between Wilmington a and Fayetteville, NC consider this a neat day trip. I have done it several times and think it is a neat North Carolina experience. It is also FREE.

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