ARDEN FERRY — By Andrew Huppert
In the 1960s, many residents continued to wonder about the old rumors surrounding the existence of a ferry or road that existed between Arden On The Severn and Severna Park. A number of residents remembered seeing the Simon J. Martenet maps of Anne Arundel County that had been commissioned in the 1860s and his maps showed such a passageway: Could it actually be true? Through research, digging, and a little haggling, we discovered a reference to it in the NewsBuoy that was backed up by information in Maryland's State Archives!
The County's Ferry
Mr. Keidel's Ferry
From Ferry To Fireworks Barge
Mr. Keidel, a patriotic man, put his barge to one other use. Every Fourth of July it was towed to midstream from where a gigantic fireworks display was put on for the river residents. Although not many Severn River residents took advantage of Mr. Keidel's ferry enterprise, long-time residents of the river still may remember his barge and fireworks.