Washington County Rural Heritage Museum

Washington County Rural Heritage Museum Located at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike Boonsboro MD -7 miles off Interstate I-70 on Route 65 South
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11/23/2023
Thank you to the Washington County Office of Grants Management  for a $5,000 grant to start the development of a Visitor...
11/20/2023

Thank you to the Washington County Office of Grants Management for a $5,000 grant to start the development of a Visitor Experience Plan! Enhancing the visitor experience to our Museums and Village means repeat customers, generating revenue for the museum and for nearby restaurants, lodging and attractions! We are looking forward to doing our part to help the local economy!

We are proud to display on this Veteran's Day, the original Corded Telephone Switchboard from the presidential retreat i...
11/11/2023

We are proud to display on this Veteran's Day, the original Corded Telephone Switchboard from the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains of Frederick County MD, known today as Camp David.
It's an artifact of historical importance to western Maryland and the nation and a magnificant representation of the evolution of our freedom of speech and our ability to share information.

The switchboard was installed at a new and secure retreat constructed for President Roosevelt in the Catoctin Mountains in 1942. FDR loved to use his yatch as his getway from the White House. But with German U boats active off our shores in the Atlantic, the yatch was deemed unsafe and the National Park Service was given the task of finding another place for FDR to use as a get away. When FDR first saw the new site, he loved it so much that he re-named it Shangri-La (for the mountain kingdom in Lost Horizon, the 1933 novel by James Hilton).

The switchboard remained in service for many years until the National Park Service donated it to the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. It enabled fast and secure communication between the presidential retreat and the White House and provide a steady flow of news and information. It was housed in a cabin at the presidential retreat named "Chestnut" and the staff who operated the switchboard 24x7 also lived in this cabin. The rows of plugs across the bottom were for calls coming in from outside lines. Most of the lables under the cords have been removed, but you can still see writing on some of the labels: Aspen Kitchen Door (most of the cabins were named after trees), Elm, Cedar(the camp commanders residence), Laurel, Back Gate, Southeast DC, Cactus (the presidential emergency facility),Popular(which housed the sickbay and supply office), grounds chief, quarter deck, general alarm, different towers and numerous guard posts to name a few.

Many important messages reached Roosevlt through this switchboard. For example, Roosevelt first heard of the successful invasion of North Africa on November 7, 1942 and on June 25, 1943, Roosevelt received word of Mussolini's resignation.

The display of this corded switchboard is an opportunity for students in our elementary social studies classes to get a close up view of the techological transition which gave people new options to exchange verbal information - no longer were they limited to meeting at the local country store, town hall or church as exhibited in our rural village when our nation was young and developing.

We look forward to your visit! Take a self-guided tour. Check in our Early Living Museum, view the switchboard and then walk on over to our rural village to see the buildings people gathered in to share news. We are open Sat/Sun 1-4 pm through December 3rd 2023. We are closed November 25/26th. ,

GOD SPEED THE PLOUGH AND THE WOMAN WHO DRIVES IT!One of the lesser known facts about WWII(and WWI) in the United States,...
11/01/2023

GOD SPEED THE PLOUGH AND THE WOMAN WHO DRIVES IT!
One of the lesser known facts about WWII(and WWI) in the United States, is the crucial role played by the many farm wives, secretaries, college women and housewives, who harvested much of the nation's crops when the farm labor shortage intensified as farmers left their fields to serve the nation. Between 1940 and 1942 from than 2 million men left agricultural jobs creating huge shortages on the farms. Yet, wartime food demand increased dramatically, 32 percent between 1935-1939. So, the women of America in response to a great need created a grass roots movement that came to the "rescue of the crops". Known as the Women's Land Army (WLA) these women responded by harvesting vegetables, picking fruit, milking cows and harvesting grain. Without their contributions, food would have been even scarcer at home and abroad.

Our museum has many agricultural tools on display that were used during the WWI and WWII period. If you are planning to visit the museum this month, please take a moment and visit our exhibit of berry baskets resting in a wooden wheelbarrow - they are tiny but mighty! And, they are significant in that they represent the huge contribution from women who helped in the wartime harvest. They also serve as a reminder the the farmers in Washington County grew an abundent raspberry crop which provided another source of income to the farm family.and local economy.

In 1939 for example, raspberries were a huge crop in Washington county Maryland. While the State as a whole produced 307,000 quarts of red raspberries, Washington County produced 61 percent with 187,000 quarts being picked. Even more black raspberries contributed to the state 's crop production at 72 percent with 546,000 quarts picked.

Dear Members of the Friends of the RHM,Please mark your calendars! The regular BOARD meeting will be held on Wednesday N...
10/27/2023

Dear Members of the Friends of the RHM,

Please mark your calendars! The regular BOARD meeting will be held on Wednesday November 8 starting at 7:00 pm. We are meeting in the large conference room at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center
The monthly SPECIAL EVENTS meeting runs from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
You DO NOT have to be a member to attend the special events meeting - it's open to everyone. We will be discussing the upcoming Holiday Open House and events for 2024.

Note - the photo is of picture displayed in the museum of a young Doug Bast, the late founder of the Boonsborough Museum of History. Doug donated and loaned many items of significance to the museum from cast iron stoves to carriages. ,

We had a fantastic time taking the Boonsboro Agriculture Department and FFA students on a tour of the exhibits about our...
10/19/2023

We had a fantastic time taking the Boonsboro Agriculture Department and FFA students on a tour of the exhibits about our area's agricultural history on "Make it Happen Day" at Washington County Rural Heritage Museum! The group is posing in front of the interior of the old Hammond's Garage which was originally located near the outlet mall at the intersection of South Potomac Street and Route 65 (the exterior structure is still standing). Really interesting facts from our past are exhibited in the garage like the Frederick New's Post from March 19, 1936 issue with headlines about the devasting flooding that impacted the entire region including Cumberland, Hancock and Williamsport to Brunswick, Harpers Ferry and Ferderick. https://www.whilbr.org/1936Flood If your school group is interested in scheduling a tour, our tour request is on our website at: https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/ For students who are in search of service learning hours we have plenty of opportunities from helping at our 5 annual events to helping on the weekends as guides.., and parents are most welcome too! https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/sign-up-to-volunteer.html

Today is National Farmer's Day and a day we pay tribute to the people who put food on our tables. I remember my grandpar...
10/12/2023

Today is National Farmer's Day and a day we pay tribute to the people who put food on our tables. I remember my grandparents, immigrants from the Ukraine, milking the dairy cows by hand, twice a day, before sun up and before sundown. It was a hard living that consumed most of their waking hours. I remember what a time and back saver it was when they bought the portable vacuum based machines like the one in this photo!
For all farmers, the transition to mechanized milking machines starting in the 1920's increased milk production and also provided a better social life amoung farm families because it reduced the number of hours doing the task of hand milking. The Dairy Exhibit in our Washington County Rural Heritage Museum Farm museum has some great examples. Come visit and take it all in. Have the kids do our scavenger hunt. We are open Saturday & Sunday 1 -4PM. , , , ,

Photo's from today's Apple Fest. Gem & Fossil Mining was a huge hit and by 2:30 pm all 50 spaces had been taken! Thank y...
10/01/2023

Photo's from today's Apple Fest. Gem & Fossil Mining was a huge hit and by 2:30 pm all 50 spaces had been taken! Thank you to Hagertown & Washington County MD Convention and Visitor's bureau for being that sponsor, https://www.visithagerstown.com/ and for giving kids an opportunity they might not otherwise had.
HAT'S OFF to Boonsboro highschool Rho Kappa for volunteering and gaining service learning hours doing many things like demonstrating early clothes washing and getting us set up, and to Julia a Jefferson WVa highschool Polish Exchange student for her assistance at the Apple Harvest Tent. And to our member volunteers who put in some long hours to make this happen along with 4H and the Master Gardeners. Want to help at future events? Here's our link! And stay tuned for updates on our Holiday Open House with Santa December 2-3!
https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/sign-up-to-volunteer.html , , , ,

09/23/2023
09/23/2023
09/22/2023
APPLE DUMPLINGS ARE HERE!Remember to stock up on our HOMEMADE APPLE DUMPLINGS! Available for purchase  ($5 each) this SA...
09/20/2023

APPLE DUMPLINGS ARE HERE!

Remember to stock up on our HOMEMADE APPLE DUMPLINGS!
Available for purchase ($5 each) this SATURDAY Sept. 23 10am-4pm in Museum 1 on the campus of the Washington County Ag Education Center.(This is the building directly in front of you pull into the Ag Center.)
And again on TUESDAY September 26 from Noon - 3pm on top of the hill in the Multipurpose Building - #9 on the attached map. www.washco-md.net/wp-content/uploads/AgEdCenterMap.pdf

Pre-orders are encouraged as we tyipcally sell out - call/text Charlotte at 301-991-1844.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum a 501(c)3 non-profit and keep the museum and rural village open on weekends to the public so they can enjoy our heritage.

Start the fall afternoon with lunch at the Hicksville BBQ truck with their all wood smoked meats and sides. Parents can ...
09/11/2023

Start the fall afternoon with lunch at the Hicksville BBQ truck with their all wood smoked meats and sides. Parents can savor these delectables while they watch their little "miners" discover the thrill of sifting for gems and fossils from Tim's Mobile Gold and Gem Mine.
A huge thank you once again to Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau! https://www.facebook.com/HagerstownWashingtonCountyCVB for sponsoring the children mining activity which gives children a hands-on learning opportunity to sift through the soil and experience the amazing minerals and fossils folks found back in the 1800's.
In honor of national 4-H week, our local 4-H will be hosting a canned food drive during our event for Micah's Backspacks and new bedding drive for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Contact [email protected] for 4-H details.

THERE'S ALWAYS A TRACTOR PARADE at SPUD FEST!  Celebrating the transitions in our farming community from horse powered p...
09/08/2023

THERE'S ALWAYS A TRACTOR PARADE at SPUD FEST! Celebrating the transitions in our farming community from horse powered plowing to motorized. The Washington County Antique Tractor Club put on a great display of the variety of tractors used in the farming industry the State of Maryland...John Deere, FARMALL, Ford, Minneapolis Moline, Allis-Chalmers.....

THE RACE TO PICK THE SPUDS! Sharing the amazing photos of Spud Fest and Heritage Fest 2023 that were captured by the Ant...
09/07/2023

THE RACE TO PICK THE SPUDS! Sharing the amazing photos of Spud Fest and Heritage Fest 2023 that were captured by the Antietam Photographic Society and their fearless leader Joe Goodrich. Special shout out to Delegate Brooke Grossman and Tiffany Ahalt https://www.facebook.com/HagerstownWashingtonCountyCVB for the assist in handing out the potator picking winner prizes from Bonnies at the Red Byrd, Family Farm and Home, Turn the Page Bookstore and Potomac Street Creamery, and Commissioner Jeff Cline for cheering on the potato pickers! Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone else who helped make this event memorable! You can see that some of the little tyes had their faces painted before picking their potatoes thanks to Pixie Dust Creations https://www.facebook.com/FacePaintingbyPixieDustCreations

APPLE DUMPLINGS FOR SALE!!! STARTING TODAY and continuing over the next FOUR weeks delicious apples from locally sourced...
09/05/2023

APPLE DUMPLINGS FOR SALE!!! STARTING TODAY and continuing over the next FOUR weeks delicious apples from locally sourced Washington County orchards are being turned into apple dumplings by our volunteers. That's a a whopping 960 dumplings that we are making and baking!
Available for sale starting TODAY September 5 and September 13th in the Multipurpose Building Kitchen at the Washington County Ag Education Center ( this is the building at the TOP of the HILL).They are $5.00 each, juicy and sweet! Proceeds go to benefit the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. Pickup today until 2:30pm. Please call ahead to place your order to 301-991-1844. Cash or check only please. Please bring containers to take home your hot and yummy dumplings.

Come on out this Saturday August 26 at Spud Fest and meet "Bob" and "Clayton". They are the Belgian team who will be plo...
08/22/2023

Come on out this Saturday August 26 at Spud Fest and meet "Bob" and "Clayton". They are the Belgian team who will be plowing our potato field for the Kids Potato Pickin Contest. These gentle giants were part of our early agricultural roots. The horses provided the labor for plowing the field, raking and bailing hay, hauling logs, manure, moving loads of wood and goods from store to store or from one location to another. Potato Picking Registration starts promply at 10AM. Contests run from 11am -12pm. Thank you to the James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation https://jamesshaullwagontr.wixsite.com/website/about-2 for bringing these big guys to plow the potato field, and thanks to the Maryland Horse Industry Board for sponsoring! Both organizations, the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum and the Foundation have similar missions - to educate the public about our heritage.
Remember to stop in at our Craft & Antique Show August 26th and 27th! We have 36 wonderful artisans in 2 pavilions with a kids zone which includes face painting, crafts and books just for kids, a craft project area for kids in the dining area in the food pavilion sponsored by 4H. Stop by our Information table and support Girl Scout troop 15024 from Sharpsburg as one of the girls does a "Candy Camp Fire" demonstration to earn her bronze badge.

Want to experience what civil war camp life was like in Washington County and the African American Experience during the...
08/16/2023

Want to experience what civil war camp life was like in Washington County and the African American Experience during the civil war? Then come on out and meet the interpreters representing the 3rd Maryland, Company D and the 21st Virginia, Company F ! Both North and South will be setting up their camps (9am-4pm on Saturday August 26th)We are very lucky to present historian and local book author Dr. Emilie Amt, who will be speaking on the topic African Americans in Washington County during the Civil War - 11am - Noon Saturday. Books will also be available for purchase. https://emilieamt.com/book/black-antietam-african-american-civil-war/
Learn more about activities during our 2-day event here: https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/spudfest.html

A huge shout out to the Boonsboro Highschool Rho Kappa Honor Society students for stepping up to volunteer at our Spud F...
08/13/2023

A huge shout out to the Boonsboro Highschool Rho Kappa Honor Society students for stepping up to volunteer at our Spud Fest and Heritage Fest event August 26-27, 2023. They are helping us fill important positions to help the event run smoothly such as: Information Table Ambassadors, Museum Greeters, Corn Hole Game Supervisors, Kitchen Patrol, and Potato Picking Registrars 🥰
https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/spudfest.html

Join us and help support Rural Maryland History & Heritage!
08/12/2023

Join us and help support Rural Maryland History & Heritage!

Our annual Potato Fest (Spud Fest,) Craft and Antique show August 26-27, 2023

Check out a sampling of what our Spud Fest & Heritage Fest August 26th and 27th will be featuring at our Craft and Antiq...
08/09/2023

Check out a sampling of what our Spud Fest & Heritage Fest August 26th and 27th will be featuring at our Craft and Antique Show at the Washington County Ag Education Center https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/spudfest.html. Event begins at 9am both days. Stay tuned, will be sharing more living history interpretations such as Civil War camp life by 3rd Maryland Company D, and 21 Virginia Company F (Saturday) https://www.21vafco.org/index.html

Volunteers for the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum have started to reconstruct the separate seati...
08/01/2023

Volunteers for the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum have started to reconstruct the separate seating design that was originally inside the Mt. Tabor United Brethren Church. The church was moved from its original location on Mt. Tabor Road in Hagerstown and currently resides in the Rural Village next to our three indoor museums at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center along with several other buildings from our early heritage.
In the 1850’s, the church members constructed the log building six miles west of Hagerstown, and north of Huyett’s Crossroads. It was used as a place of worship for over 140 years and, became part of the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.

In the 1980’s, declining enrollment and costly repair bills caused the church to close. David Resh, Jr. acquired the building in 1991 and then in 2005 donated the building to the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum.

The two front doors on the left and right side of the structure, reflect a time when the United Brethren Church separated the women and men during the worship service. Women entered the church using only one door, and the men entered using the other. Inside, men and women sat apart with a three foot high partion separting them. Our project is to recontruct the original, separate seating arrangement. We were lucky enough to receive church pews from an old church in Eakles Mill and it is these pews that we are in the process of refurbishing by removing the many layers of paint covering the wood. The next step will be to cut the pews so they can fit into the church along with a three foot high partition wall. The photo is of the pews (after the paint was removed) and are now temporarily stored in the Carpenter's Shop in the Rural Village

Note: The purpose of the partition was to inhibit the natural tendency to be distracted around members of the opposite s*x, so as to preserve modesty and attention during worship.

If you have an interest in history and would like to help us refurbish the pews and help with the carpentry, please message us. We would love your assistance ....As the saying goes " many hands make light work" so we can complete the project by our Apple Dumpling Fest October 1st. ,

We have generous sponsors for our Potato and Heritage Fest which is just 4 weeks away and who are making our annual fund...
07/25/2023

We have generous sponsors for our Potato and Heritage Fest which is just 4 weeks away and who are making our annual fundraising event possible! Thank you Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau www.visithagerstown.com who has an amazing team of people who dedicate every day to bringing tourism into this area and help non-profits like ours navigate their way through marketing & advertising challenges! Roger Fairbourne, sponsor and owner of www.rogerfairbournerealestate.com is dedicated to preserving our rural culture. Roger saved the Glass Family Log Home years ago and then donated the structure to our 1800's Rural Village for everyone to enjoy visit with Roger on August 26 to learn more about this interesting Maryland structure). The Maryland Horse Industry Board helps raise public awareness about Maryand's equine traditions like our draft horse plowing demonstration because it teaches young people how horses were the "power" in the early days who moved food from the field to the market, mda.maryland.gov/about_mda/pages/md-horse-industry-board .Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency- https://gayemcgovern.com/ Gaye has an amazing history of supporting local causes and because of her keen interest in people and customer serivice her business is a Hagerstown Magazine 2023 Hot List winner! We also want to thank Boonsboro's Fulton Bank www.fultonbank.com/ for providing us great customer service over the years. And, a huge shout out to Scott Disney Store Manager of the Family Farm & Home store for being our Potato Pickin Winner Sponsor this year! They have been serving the Hagerstown community since 2017, are family owned and operated(with over 20 stores) and provide a wide range of quality products& services for pets(like Grooming) and farm animals www.familyfarmandhome.com/ . First Place WInners in each age group receive a $20 store gift certificate! Last but not least, a long standing supporter is the Antique Truck Club of America, National Pike Chapter. They are dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of antique trucks. This Chapter hosts the live music at our event plus donates the proceeds of a raffle www.antiquetruckclub.org/ Thank you 2023 Sponsors!

Our Spud "Potato" Fest & Heritage Fest is just 6 weeks away on August 26th & 27th.   On Saturday, August 26th at 11AM, y...
07/16/2023

Our Spud "Potato" Fest & Heritage Fest is just 6 weeks away on August 26th & 27th. On Saturday, August 26th at 11AM, young people and anyone else who may have never been on a farm during a harvest, can experience how the potatos appear from beneath the soil when a pair of draft horses pull a type of plow with tines as shown in the photo. There are different type of potato plows, for example, the red potato digger shown in the photo was one, and the plow with the tines another, and both are on display in our Farm Museum. After the potatos were brought to the surface of the soil, farmers often would put those potatos in a sack by scooping them up with a special potato shovel and then toss the sacks of potatoes into the back of a horse or oxen drawn farm wagon, the predecessor to the motorized farm truck. Potatoes were also an inexpensive source of food, which accounted for their popularity. An article in the Prince George's Esquire May 31,1918 states "Potatoes are plentiful and a product we can eat to good advantage in the place of wheat. Wheat is 7 cents a pound and potatoes are 2 cents a pound" For those of you who like to bake, I sniped the"Potato Bread Recipe- A Good One" from the article for you, and it's probably much older than 1918 when the article was published.
Spud Fest Potato Picking -registration starts at 10AM, Contest begins at 11AM. Adults can pick 5 gallons of field potatos after the contest for $10. , ,

This is an event rich in our local heritage. Save the dates and don't miss it!  , , , ,
07/15/2023

This is an event rich in our local heritage. Save the dates and don't miss it! , , , ,

The Friends of the Washington County three indoor Museum's and Rural Village will be closing Saturday and Sunday for the...
06/29/2023

The Friends of the Washington County three indoor Museum's and Rural Village will be closing Saturday and Sunday for theJuly 4th Holiday weekend. We will reopen July 8-9! See you then and have a wonderful holiday!

Our Heritage Spud Fest Weekend is just a little over 2 months away August 26/27! Don't miss out and reserve your vendor ...
06/21/2023

Our Heritage Spud Fest Weekend is just a little over 2 months away August 26/27! Don't miss out and reserve your vendor spot today on our website. Check out our list of expanding activities!
https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/spudfest.html
We are thrilled to have Sue Little of Sue's Crafts and Treaures return this year with her exquisite tea cup bird houses! Welcome Sue!

06/20/2023

The Black Hawk Cast Iron Corn Sheller Circa 1900 was used to remove corn kernels from the cob. It was invented and patented by Asahel Huntington Patch in 1886. Corn shellers were manufactured in iron foundrys because they were made from an iron cast. Foundrys once made civil war munitions, coffee grinders, cast iron stoves, fireplace tools and manhole covers. This corn sheller was named after Black Hawk, Chief of the Sauk Tribe in Illinois.
Further research on the Black Hawk name tells us that a war ensued briefly in 1832 between Chief Black Hawk and his tribe against the United States as Black Hawk sought to reclaim land that the tribal spokesman had surrended to the U.S. in 1804 (known as the Treaty of St. Louis). A quiet piece of trivia is that Abaham Lincoln served as a volunteer in the Illinois militia April 21, 1832 - July 10, 1832 during the Black Hawk war but never saw combat.
BACK IN TIME Corn Shelling is a supervised children's activity in our Farm Museum by appointment only. Please check our website for current hours and holiday closiings here: https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/rural-heritage-museum.html PS -Our annual kids Spud(Potato) Fest August 26 is approaching quickly! It is going to be loads of fun! Stay tuned for more info or visit our event page on our website https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/spudfest.html

SPUD FEST/HERITAGE FEST CRAFT & ANTIQUE SHOW WEEKEND AUGUST 26-27 UPDATES:Nature Lover's Homeschool group, Wolfsville Gi...
06/08/2023

SPUD FEST/HERITAGE FEST CRAFT & ANTIQUE SHOW WEEKEND AUGUST 26-27 UPDATES:

Nature Lover's Homeschool group, Wolfsville Girl Scout troop, and Stone House History! Photos of a thriving crop of the potatos you planted in the spring for our Spud Fest and Heritage Fest weekend this coming August 26-27! Thank you for all your hard work getting this done.

There are still vendor spaces available under the pavilions and for the larger trucks and trailers on the grass for our annual event that gives young people fun learning opportunities about the heritage of the potato harvest and rural life.
Complete your application https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/vendor-application-rural-heritage-museum.html
Reserve your space here: https://www.ruralheritagemuseum.org/vendor-sales.html

Please note that the hours have changed slightly to start earlier and end earlier.  Please reserve your 10x10 vendor spo...
05/25/2023

Please note that the hours have changed slightly to start earlier and end earlier. Please reserve your 10x10 vendor spot now as spaces are going quickly and can choose your spot. More updates soon to follow! We have FREE ADMISSION to the public - that translates into guests have more spending $$ available for the vendors.

10/17/2022
What does a hungry princess, Frankenstein, and a haunted rural village, have in common? Park at Dark of course! Every ye...
10/15/2022

What does a hungry princess, Frankenstein, and a haunted rural village, have in common? Park at Dark of course! Every year the Washington County Agriculture Education Center, Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum and the Washington County Antique Tractor Club come together and provide an evening of family fun for the community.

Come to our Apple Fest this Sunday and visit various stations to experience our pre-1940 agricultural roots. This is a f...
10/14/2022

Come to our Apple Fest this Sunday and visit various stations to experience our pre-1940 agricultural roots. This is a family fun event and admission is free. For our orchard harvest theme, stations will include apple cider making, apple peeling on the Poffenberger Homestead porch, and orchard exhibits in our Farm museum. Children's activities will be set up in the Butterfly and Medicinal Garden stations by the master gardeners.
Support our museums by taking home delicious homemade apple dumplings to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ivy Hill Farm from Smithburg Maryland has been a wonderful supporter of our event and we thank them for supplying an assortment of their fall apples, jellies, jams and apple butter.

Dear Friends,Our beloved Dr. Fahrney building built in the early 1800's is in urgent need of a new roof.  This one-of-a ...
10/07/2022

Dear Friends,
Our beloved Dr. Fahrney building built in the early 1800's is in urgent need of a new roof. This one-of-a kind historic building is part of our Rural Village located on the campus of the Washington County Ag Education Center. It is one of the favorites among our touring school children and is a museum in its own right with hundreds of local artifacts from the period.

We have started our search for either a roofing company or an independent roofing contractor who has experience installing metal roof shingles.

Interested parties must be: licensed/insured, provide a written cost estimate and timeline for completion as well as provide photos of past work and 3 references of past work. Interested parties should send an email to [email protected] or call 240-420-1714 to leave a message

Please help us in this search by sharing our post. Thank you everyone.

09/30/2022

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, this event has been moved to Sunday October 16, 2022.

A Circa 1935 photograph of employees and family gathered at the original Gardenhour Orchard that I came across in our li...
09/28/2022

A Circa 1935 photograph of employees and family gathered at the original Gardenhour Orchard that I came across in our library while researching Washington County's orchard history. The Gardenhour orchard was founded in the late1890's in Smithburg by Boaz Gardenhour and has remained in the family four generations later. I counted 92 bushels of apples in this photograph and I thought how refreshing it would be to go back in time for just one day and experience picking fresh apples during a harvest season. This must have been a special occasion, as the ladies in the background appear to be wearing their Sunday best.
Come and enjoy the apple harvest season with us this Sunday October 2 from 1-4 pm at our Rural Village. Period demonstrations will remind you of what life was like in Washington County back in the day. Free Admission and parking. Try some yummy coffee by The Coffee Spot, Ice Cream from Antietam Dairy and music by Forever Young. The Midwest Franklin Car Group will also be stopping in for a tour as part of their Fall meet. UPDATE: Due to the forecast for very inclement weather, this event has been moved to October 16th 1-4 PM.

Reminder!  Tomorrow. Tuesday Sept. 20 from 11:30am - 3:00 pm Yummy Apple Dumplings, baked that morning by our event comm...
09/19/2022

Reminder! Tomorrow. Tuesday Sept. 20 from 11:30am - 3:00 pm Yummy Apple Dumplings, baked that morning by our event committee volunteers will be ready for purchase. Proceeds go to support the Museum. Dumplings $5/each. Cash sales only. Pickup at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Multi Purpose Building, upper campus on top of hill.

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7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD
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