- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2001

The romance of Halloween on the Potomac doesn't end with places like Ball's Bluff, Homestead Farm and Harpers Ferry, but they do make a great beginning. Here are some details, listed according to their distance from Washington:

• Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery: Battlefield Parkway, off Route 25 just south of Route 7. Brochures provide a self-guided tour. Sunrise to sunset. Free. See www.nvrpa.org/ ballsbluffbattle.html or www.leesburgva.org/ general_info/balls_bluff.cfm or call 703/779-9372.

• White's Ferry: 24801 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson, Md. 20842. 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Recreation facilities and White's Ferry Store open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 301/349-5200.

• Homestead Farm: 1500 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Md. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 301/926-6999.

• Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Visitor Center on Cavalier Heights about one mile west of the Shenandoah River bridge, just off U.S. Route 340. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Park entrance fee (good for three days) $5 per vehicle or $3 per person (cyclists and walk-ins). Discounts and commercial tour fees available. Park Service shuttle buses transport visitors to the Lower Town Historic District. Call 304/535-6299.

Shirley Dougherty's ghost tours (not an official Park Service activity) assemble at Hot Dog Heaven in lower Harpers Ferry at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Nov. 8 and every Saturday night thereafter. Call 304/725-8019 for information and reservations.

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