FINCHVILLE -- Since it was launched in 2007, the Tina Fallon, serving as the Woodland Ferry near here, has experienced various problems, primarily with the hydraulic ramps which allow vehicle access on and off the ferry. But this year, the ferry seems to have overcome its past problems (knock on Woodland), though it did not operate this week to undergo its annual maintenance.
If everything checks out, the ferry is expected to be back in operation, with winter hours of 7:30 a.m. to sunset.
A shortcut across the Nanticoke River, just past the Dorchester County border, the Woodland Ferry was previously known as Cannon's Ferry, for the family who ran it from the 1740s through the mid 1800s [-] the same period of history when another member of the family, by marriage, Patty Cannon, was becoming infamous nearby for murdering and robbing slave traders and others who stayed at her inn.
The free ferry operating here today was established in 1883 by the state of Delaware, which assumed responsibility for its ownership, maintenance and operation in 1935.
The ferry is named from former Delaware state representative Tina Fallon of Seaford. Described as a "free spirit," Ms. Fallon passed away in January 2011 at the age of 93.