The Sistersville Ferry is once again facing closure


The ferry between Sistersville, West Virginia and the unincorporated community of Fly, Ohio, the oldest and only ferry in West Virginia, has been in continuous operation since 1817.

It is one of four ferries left on the Ohio River.

"We have grant sources through the federal ferry discretionary fund that are available for maintenance, repair, and certain upgrades to the ferry," says Eric Peters, Executive Director of the Tyler County Development Authority, and a member of the Save the Ferry committee.

"But the issue we are trying to address is, we do not have any outside sources for wages, insurance and fuel."

If not for the ferry, commuters would have to drive to New Martinsville to get to the Ohio side, a 36-mile round trip.

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