South Mountain Heritage Society

South Mountain Heritage Society South Mountain Heritage Society works to preserve Burkittsville's unique history through our museum
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01/01/2024

South Mountain Heritage Society’s 700-pound McShane Foundry church bell ringing in the new year.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us in continuing the Burkittsville New Year’s Eve tradition. We enjoyed ringi...
01/01/2024

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us in continuing the Burkittsville New Year’s Eve tradition. We enjoyed ringing in the New Year with you all!

Thank you to everyone who made 2023 a banner year for South Mountain Heritage Society. We appreciate everyone who suppor...
12/31/2023

Thank you to everyone who made 2023 a banner year for South Mountain Heritage Society. We appreciate everyone who supported our Gigantic Used-Book Sale, the Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run, and the Makin' Hay 10K Run. We enjoyed exploring the unique architecture and history of the Resurrection Reformed Church with you during our monthly museum days. And we appreciate everyone who spent some time discovering the significant history of the beautiful community we call home!

Since the 1870s, the ringing of the bells in the Reformed and Lutheran Church steeples has been a tradition in Burkittsville to herald the new year. Along with the Town of Burkittsville and St. Paul's Church, South Mountain Heritage Society is excited to continue this tradition.

The museum will open this evening at 11:30 pm for light refreshments as we gather to ring the bells at midnight. All are welcome to join us!

From all of us at South Mountain Heritage Society, we wish you and your families a very happy holiday season! We invite ...
12/25/2023

From all of us at South Mountain Heritage Society, we wish you and your families a very happy holiday season! We invite you to join us next Sunday night at 11:30 pm to ring in the New Year with Burkittsville's traditional church bell ringing at midnight.

In the meantime, enjoy this charming local take on the arrival of Santa Claus in 1899. The poem was written by George Carlton Rhoderick, Jr., and printed in "the Valley Register" newspaper.

Thank you to everyone who came out to South Mountain Heritage Society for our opening as part of Museums by Candlelight....
12/11/2023

Thank you to everyone who came out to South Mountain Heritage Society for our opening as part of Museums by Candlelight. We hosted over 60 visitors, the most we have ever welcomed for this annual event!

If you could not join us, we are happy to share these photographs of the historic Resurrection Reformed Church, beautifully decorated by our volunteers Maurine and Shelby. We especially thank Maurine for the stunning feather tree, historic ornaments, vintage Santa Claus, and shadow box which graced the chancel for yesterday's open house. The society also expresses our appreciation to Jean for creating yet another beautiful ornament craft for our visitors to take home.

Today is Museums by Candlelight! There are twenty-five fascinating museums and historic sites to explore around Frederic...
12/09/2023

Today is Museums by Candlelight! There are twenty-five fascinating museums and historic sites to explore around Frederick County today between noon and 5:00 pm (and a few which will remain open until 7:00 pm). South Mountain Heritage Society will be open from 12:00 to 5:00 pm for guided tours, a demonstration of our historic hand-pumped pipe organ, refreshments, and a children's ornament craft project. We hope you will come out and enjoy the beauty and history on this special day!

For information about all of the places you can visit today, check out this link: https://www.visitfrederick.org/events/annual-events/museums-by-candlelight/

We are busy readying the museum for next weekend’s holiday open house. Check out the link below for more details for Mus...
12/02/2023

We are busy readying the museum for next weekend’s holiday open house. Check out the link below for more details for Museums by Candlelight and the many fantastic museums and historic sites that will be open on December 9th. We hope you will add South Mountain Heritage Society to your itinerary!

Take a look at our monthly newsletter by clicking below!
11/17/2023

Take a look at our monthly newsletter by clicking below!

South Mountain Heritage Society volunteers were busy during the month of October with two of our annual fundraising events: the Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run and the Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale. We are excited to share that both events were incredibly successful and will help ensure that t...

The day has arrived! It is books by the bag day at SMHS. Come out and take advantage of the bargain, fill a bag for just...
10/28/2023

The day has arrived! It is books by the bag day at SMHS. Come out and take advantage of the bargain, fill a bag for just $10.00. We thank everyone who has come to the museum this year and supported the Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale! We greatly appreciate your part in preserving the history of Burkittsville!

The Annual Gigantic Used Book Sale is entering its third week, and we still have a wealth of books and come and peruse! ...
10/21/2023

The Annual Gigantic Used Book Sale is entering its third week, and we still have a wealth of books and come and peruse! Come out and support Soutb Mountain Heritage Society, we appreciate your business!

10/21/2023

This morning’s start of the annual Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run!

Thank you to all of our Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run participants! Enjoy this beautiful, crisp autumn morning in...
10/21/2023

Thank you to all of our Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run participants! Enjoy this beautiful, crisp autumn morning in historic Burkittsville. We appreciate your support of South Mountain Heritage Society and the preservation of Burkittsville history!

Be sure to stay tuned for a rescheduled date for Burkittsville Preservation Association’s Old Time String Band Concert n...
10/13/2023

Be sure to stay tuned for a rescheduled date for Burkittsville Preservation Association’s Old Time String Band Concert next spring.

The string band consert is postponed due to weather coming in this Saturday, (90% T-storms.). It will be postponed until next spring and that we will honor all tickets or give refunds as people wish.

The SMHS Gigantic Used Book Sale is off to a great start! We are open today until 4:00 with thousands of fantastic books...
10/07/2023

The SMHS Gigantic Used Book Sale is off to a great start! We are open today until 4:00 with thousands of fantastic books for sale. Come out, fill your book shelf, and support South Mountain Heritage Society!

The Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale at South Mountain Heritage Society begins this weekend! Each Saturday during the mont...
10/03/2023

The Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale at South Mountain Heritage Society begins this weekend!

Each Saturday during the month of October, stop by and browse thousands of fantastic books of all genres and available at the most reasonable prices. We will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each Saturday.

The proceeds from the Used-Book Sale support South Mountain Heritage Society and the preservation of our beautiful home, the historic Resurrection Reformed Church!

It is almost time for the Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale at SMHS! We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the museum ...
09/21/2023

It is almost time for the Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale at SMHS! We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the museum for our popular book sale each Saturday of October from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Do you love the book sale? Are you interested in volunteering with us? If so, head over to the SMHS website and sign up for a shift or two to help out during the month!

South Mountain Heritage Society will hold our Sixteenth Annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale during the month of October 2023. The success of this fundraiser is dependent on having volunteers to be at the...

Visitors to the museum at South Mountain Heritage Society have the chance to see our 1872 catalog from the Burkittsville...
07/14/2023

Visitors to the museum at South Mountain Heritage Society have the chance to see our 1872 catalog from the Burkittsville Female Seminary. However, this was not the only institution of higher education for women to exist in the Burkittsville area. Check out our latest "Burkittsville Stories" blog post on Saint John's Female Seminary, which operated from 1866 until the early-1880s at Tyrconnel Farm.

Tyrconnel Farm is situated along the base of South Mountain roughly halfway between Burkittsville and Knoxville along MD Route 17. For nearly two decades, this farm became the campus of Saint John's...

South Mountain Heritage Society wishes to congratulate the Burkittsville Ruritan Club on the occasion of the club’s 70th...
06/27/2023

South Mountain Heritage Society wishes to congratulate the Burkittsville Ruritan Club on the occasion of the club’s 70th anniversary! The Ruritan Club was organized in 1953 and has served the Burkittsville community through annual fundraisers, awarding scholarships, and hosting social events. Initially, the club met in the Parish Hall of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, but since 1969, the club has preserved and held its meetings and events in the former Burkittsville Elementary School. The club marked this significant anniversary on June 27, 2023 at its annual Flag Day Ceremony.

This list of communities in the Middletown Valley provides a snapshot of a region on the verge of tremendous economic an...
06/07/2023

This list of communities in the Middletown Valley provides a snapshot of a region on the verge of tremendous economic and social change. This brief article appeared in the September 22, 1887, issue of Thurmont's "Catoctin Clarion" newspaper and provides a list of the sixteen towns and villages in the valley, listed in order of their population from largest to smallest.

Burkittsville was the second largest town in the valley according to this list, with a population of 280 people. The town of Knoxville was larger than Barry, the soon-to-be City of Brunswick. Five of the top six largest towns on the list were located in the southern portion of the Middletown Valley. Within a decade of the publication of this list, the construction of the Middletown and Frederick Railway and the Brunswick Yards of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad initiated a major popular shift and the creation of new towns which forever changed the valley.

It is a beautiful day to visit Burkittsville and discover our community's unique history! South Mountain Heritage Societ...
06/03/2023

It is a beautiful day to visit Burkittsville and discover our community's unique history! South Mountain Heritage Society will be open today from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Stop by and explore the historic Resurrection Reformed Church and our exhibit on Burkittsville's story.

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PO Box 509, 3 East Main Street
Burkittsville, MD
21718

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