We now have windows, doors and painted trim
A Living History Destination. Programs and maintainance of the Jerusalem Village brought to you by the Friends of Jerusalem Mill. No entrance fee.
The 1772 Gristmill is a museum and visitor center, and HQ of the Gunpowder Falls State Park. The all-volunteer, non-profit Friends of Jerusalem Mill hosts living history activities and events, and maintains the historic buildings.
We now have windows, doors and painted trim
Good morning Kingsville
New upgrades in the village. Bryce Knoll, Eagle Scout candidate started installing windows and doors in The Coop and 75 trees were installed.
Jousting today-short video
Good night Kingsville
Funding has been provided to the Friends of Jerusalem Mill from Maryland Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. These funds were used to pay for some of the general operating expenses for 2020. We are very grateful for this grant that helps to replace a portion of our significantly reduced membership, sponsorship and donation income caused by the pandemic. #MDHumanitiesCARES, #MDHumanities, #NEHcares, @MDHumanities, and @NEHgov.
We had a great yard sale yesterday and a surprise visit from the Jousters. Thanks to all that came and a special thanks to all the volunteers that helped out.
These are still available to order.
An update on Joan Scovill from Joan 2.0
My aunt is settling in to her new digs at The Cottages of Perry Hall. She is moving about with little to no pain or discomfort. The only thing slowing her down is her walker that is required for safety's sake. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and try a window visit...try lots of window visits! You do not need to call in advance for a window visit. I feel bad that I am unable to visit during the week when I'm working. If you can brighten her day, any day of the week, for 20-30 minutes I would be forever grateful.
Window visit guidelines:
1. She is at The Cottages of Perry Hall in the Memory Cottage. The main address of their small campus is 9900 Walther Blvd Parkville, MD 21234 (https://www.charterseniorliving.com/our-communities/cottages-of-perry-hall/)
2. Wear a mask at all times when on the premises.
3. The Memory Cottage is building 9906 (see Google Earth image of the campus below). The door to 9906 is to the right behind the round wooden gazebo. You will see the gazebo when you turn into the parking lot.
4. Ring the doorbell at 9906 and ask for a window visit with Joan Scovill. The building number is large and located to the right of the door.
5. Bring a folding chair of the same type you would bring to a concert in the meadow. You'll be sitting outside a window. They will open the window about 10 inches and she will be sitting on the inside. You will be asked to stay six feet back. You can stand if you prefer but you'll probably be bending down be heard through the partly opened window.
6. Try to avoid the 7-9 am, 11-1pm, and 5-7pm hours (breakfast, lunch and dinner times). Although I don't think it would be the end of the world if it was meal time. Bring your own bag lunch and ask if they can pull her table to the window and you can "dine together".
You can bring her treats or gifts when you visit. When you ring the doorbell, hand the staff member whatever you want to give to Joan 1.0. Take her a magazine, a new book, a funny card, a Decaf Iced Vanilla Latte from Starbucks 2% milk, a photo for her wall, or anything else you think shey may enjoy. She misses her pets so any small stuffed animal is something she will enjoy. She loves fresh flowers but she'll need a vase (nothing expensive). Hit up the Aldi or Lidl for a grocery store bouquet on your way over.
So far my visits have been in the 30 minute range but I think you can stay as long as you like. Do give Joan clues as to who you are and what your name is. She often asks you to come inside or if she can come outside. As a retired nurse she is aware of what a pandemic is. I remind her that we are experiencing a pandemic and the health department does not permit hugging until there is a vaccine for the virus. She's not happy about this answer but she does abide by the health department guidelines. Don't be surprised if she talks about her mother, Muzzy, or daddy, Eric, in the present tense. Her sister is Barbara; sometimes she will ask if you've seen Barbara. I usually know this is when her mind is wandering from the present. I tell her Barbara is well and living in Virginia with her family and Muzzy and Daddy are busy at the bakery. After about 30 minutes or so she often has to go "help Muzzy with preparations".
I hope you all take the opportunity to visit Original Joan/Joan 1.0/Saint Joan. A window visit with Original Joan is often the best 30 minutes of my week. The best part is you can share something new or relive the same happy memories over and over and she is always delighted! And she loves to look at photos of grandbabies and pets.
Thanks and Be Well,
Joan Marie/Joan 2.0/New and Improved Joan
Welcome to the life you deserve. The independence you want, with the care you require. Everything you need to live your best life, no matter where you are in your journey.
Thanks to Adam Bartszo for making 5 mailboxes for his Eagle scout project. They look great
Since these are slow time at the mill, I thought I would post a video of one of our talented blacksmiths at work.
Thanks for taking the time to watch. I'm a self-taught volunteer blacksmith at 2 small museums and I decided to video one of my projects for the amusement of...
If you are looking for a way to support the Friends of Jerusalem Mill and you purchase from Amazon.com, then make your purchases from www. amazonsmile.com. It is the identical site as Amazon but when you sign up you can designate a non-profit org., in this case Friends of Jerusalem Mill, and a small portion,0.5%, from your sale will go to the mill. Since all our concerts and events have been canceled, this is a great way to support our village and help with its care and maintenance.
If you use the regular Amazon Smile app on an iPhone, you can set this as a default- so every purchase automatically helps
“The Global Pandiumic of COVID-19 may have resulted in the postponement of the fifth annual First Responder’s Day organized by the Friends of Jerusalem Mill Inc, but, it can’t dampen the enthusiasm of our volunteers for our first responders.
On Tuesday, Aug 2020 at 10:00 AM, Diane & Hugh Pry, Harry Sanders & Rick Decker of the Friends presented both Chief William Vanarsdale Jr, Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and Bob Chaney, President, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $500 each to demonstrate our appreciation of their tireless efforts to serve & protect our community.
The Friends of Jerusalem Mill, an all-volunteer, non-profit public charity, maintains the buildings here in the Village and the 25 surrounding acres, and conducts the free living-history program & special events. Please consider a donation, membership or sponsorship to help us continue our mission to preserve this village and maintain the grounds for your enjoyment.
Friends of Jerusalem Mill take seriously our responsibility to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have taken an aggressive approach by closing our buildings to the public, and cancelling the majority of events until we believe we can safely begin to gradually reopen. The village grounds and local trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset. We strongly encourage the use of face masks while in the village, and the use of hand sanitizer before and after touching surfaces.
As stated by the President of the Friends of Jerusalem Mill: “We’re all in this fight together, and together we’ll overcome this difficult challenge. On behalf of all of the officers, Board members & members of the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, I want to wish you and your family good health …We look forward to seeing you in the village when this is all over. Stay safe and stay healthy!”
McCourtney"s General Store
Pandemic Response Update
The Friends of Jerusalem Mill takes seriously our responsibility to reduce the spread of COVID-19, to protect our volunteers, our visitors, and park staff. Following the advice of the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force, the Maryland Park Service, and the Harford County Health Department, our buildings remain closed to the public and we have canceled the majority of our events until we believe we can safely begin to reopen. Below is a summary of specific actions planned for August and September.
Living History: For the month of August, the living history program has been canceled and all buildings will remain closed, except for the blacksmith shop. Because social distancing can be maintained in the blacksmith shop, and since there’s no HVAC system to recirculate the virus, it will be open on some Saturdays and Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM, based on the availability of a blacksmith. However, visitors are requested to wear face masks when visiting the blacksmith shop. As a result of the building closures, there will be no restrooms available. However, the park has added a second porta-pottie next to the paved parking lot.
Village grounds, picnic areas and hiking trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. Please maintain a safe social distance unless with members of your own household, and wear a face mask when near other visitors. When approaching other hikers on the trails, please step aside in order to maintain at least 6’ distance.
Concerts: The August 9th Great Train Robbery concert and the rescheduled August 23rd Charlie Zahm concert are both canceled, and will not be rescheduled until 2021. Anyone holding tickets for any 2020 concert can use those tickets for any concert in 2021.
The August 8th First Responder’s Day will be held, but will be scaled down. There will be no opening or closing ceremony. The “firemen” competition will be held in the hayfield beyond the visitor parking lot at noon, and will include only the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Joppa Magnolia Fire Department. The “arena” will be a large circle allowing for visitors to spread out. The fire companies will set up an equipment display on the field between the paved parking lot and the General Store. We anticipate a visit from the Maryland State Police helicopter. Exhibits will be available from 11 AM until 3 PM. Additional parking will be available in the bank barn overflow parking lot. We ask all visitors to maintain a social distance when attending the event, minimize touching of surfaces, use hand sanitizer frequently, and wear a mask when near other visitors.
The August 8th Amy’s RideRunWalk, in honor of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio who was killed in the line of duty, may be canceled for 2020, or there may be a virtual event. Please Visit www.amysriderunwalk.com for more details. You may also want to consider participating in their newest ride/run/walk, the Paint the Trail Purple event which is scheduled for September 12th on the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken, PA.
Jousting Tournaments: The September 12th Founder’s Day Joust and the September 19th Amateur Jousting Club tournament will be held as scheduled, starting at 11 AM, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and practice social distancing, and wear a face mask when near other people. Jousters will be following guidelines issued by the Maryland Horse Council. The jousting field is located behind the bank barn on Jericho Road.
Yard Sale: The postponed May Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 8 AM until 2 PM, weather permitting (i.e. no rain). We’ll have a wide variety of household goods, books, DVDs, tools, equipment, toys, hardware, supplies, etc. Tables will be set up in the field between the paved parking lot and the general store. Please wear a face mask while “shopping”. Most items in the yard sale will not be pre-priced. Take whatever you want, and make a cash donation in whatever amount you think is appropriate. Donations can be deposited in the milk cans at either end of the yard sale. If you have any items to donate, please call the Visitor Center at 410-877-3560 to arrange for drop-off, or simply bring the items on the 12th. Please, no chemicals, clothing, food, towels or bedding materials. 100% of the proceeds will be used to maintain and preserve the historic village and continue our living history and educational programs. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
A Year Round Living History Destination
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To be clear about parking
"The Historic Jerusalem Mill Village is open."
"The Visitor Parking lot is open, but, very small and we have been experiencing larger then usual visitation."
"For your health & safety, the MD Gov, Secretary of Natural Resources and Superintendent of Maryland Park Service will not open the overflow grass parking lots to keep the visitation numbers within CDC recommendations."
"Please park only in designation spaces."
"Please follow the MD & CDC guidance of social distancing. Stay Safe, Healthy and Enjoy our village."
With the excessive visitation expected this weekend in GFSP and throughout the state, the limited staff will be stretched beyond reason. Please follow the MD State Volunteer Guidance and use your best judgement.
REMEMBER WHEN VISITING THE VILLAGE THIS WEEKEND
Practice physical distancing
Avoid large crowds
Wash hands frequently
Ware face coverings in public
Enjoy the outdoors
PLEASE BE ADVISED
In accordance with guidance from MD Governor and Secretary of Department of Natural Resources, all grass covered overflow parking lots are closed to control the spread of COVID-19. Please be advised there is only limited hard surface visitor parking at Jerusalem Mill. There is no parking along Jerusalem or Jericho Roads. Visitors are asked to consider other State Parks locations like the beach at Hammerman State Park.
Please keep your distance, stay safe, stay healthy and have a happy 4th of July.
Good morning Jerusalem Mill
“We hope you enjoy our Historic Jerusalem Mill Village!”
The Friends of Jerusalem Mill are an all-volunteer, non-profit public charity, maintains the buildings & surrounding 24 acres, and, conducts a year-round living-history program, special events for the last 35 Years.
Please be mindful of the COVID-19 precautions for everyone’s safety. We have very limited parking and please use good “Stream Sense” with fresh water Little Gunpowder Falls River.
With the loss of our fund-raising activities, please consider a donation, membership or sponsorship to help us continue our mission to preserve our history and maintain the historic Quaker Village for education and your enjoyment.
Please do not hesitate to call or write if you have any questions.
A Year Round Living History Destination
Boy Scouts from Baltimore County treated health care workers to a car wash as a service project.
Sunset over Kingsville last night
Sunrise over Jerusalem Mill
Was in the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
Little Gunpowder Trail
With almost 18,000 acres of parkland and 120 miles of trails, it’s hard to go wrong finding great natural beauty in Gunpowder Falls State Park. For those who want to spend time in the great outdoors without Bear Grylls-like intensity, Little Gunpowder Trail (in the Jerusalem Mill area of the park) is perhaps your best bet. According to the website of the Gunpowder United Mountain Bike Operators, a volunteer group that maps trails throughout the greater park for interested cyclists, the trail’s main loop is two miles and well-suited for all for all levels of bikers, hikers and runners.
Entrance near the Jerusalem Mill Parking Lot, Kingsville. 410-592-2897.
June events update.
Due to attendance restrictions and social distancing we must cancel our June events.
The Melting Pot concert we hope to postpone until June 13 of 2021. Charlie Zahm, June 28, hopefully later this year. We are still waiting on what restrictions will be in place in July as to weather we can hold any events then. We are also waiting to see weather we can reschedule Gilmor’s Raid June 5,6,7,to later this year or must wait until next year.
At this moment all May vintage baseball games and jousting have been postponed. New dates to be determined.
Amy's memorial ride scheduled for May 25 has been rescheduled to August 8, 2020.
Please check back for further information.
2813 Jerusalem Rd
18th Century Living History activities on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. in the Blacksmith Shop and the stone building behind the Gristmill. Civil War museum, old-time general store, and gift shop in the McCourtney building 1st Saturday and every Sunday. Concerts, two reenactments, and 1860s Base Ball in the warm months. Well -marked trails along the Little Gunpowder River.
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