Fredericktown Ferry to be Sold
Washington PA Observer Reporter
11 September 2013
By Scott Beveridge, Staff Writer
FREDERICKTOWN – Commissioners in Fayette County appear poised to
sell the historic ferryboat Frederick, which was idled permanently
along the Monongahela River at Fredericktown two weeks ago due to
dwindling ridership and increased operational costs.
Fayette Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink said she was able to stall
the notice of sale at a meeting Tuesday in hopes the board will
consider other options for the ferry built in 1948 as part of a
service that had been in operation in the area for nearly two
Zimmerlink said she didn’t want to sell the ferry without
exploring other options, which could include another group
assuming ownership and keeping it as a tourist attraction at its
“My fellow two commissioners say they do not want to entertain any
other options other than selling,” she said. “Selling to me means
someone could bid and scrap it.”
Fredericktown businessman Dennis Slagle said he hasn’t given up
hope Fayette will offer the ferry to East Bethlehem Township as
part of his plan to place it in a museum/visitor center in the
“We are the other option,” said Slagle, owner of BeeGraphix
apparel company. “We’re going to try to keep it here in our
He said he understands the ferry is a public asset and there are
rules to follow on how Fayette can dispose of it.
Ferry supporter Evan T. Williams II of Carmichaels said it appears
Fayette wants to get rid of the ferry as soon as possible. He’s
also heard reports that people have been stealing things from the
vessel while it is tied up along the shore in Fayette.
“It’s almost like they’re insulting the people who care about it,”
Williams said. “The whole thing is still frustrating to me.”
The board is expected to act Tuesday on the fate of the steel
vessel, Zimmerlink said.