Day Tripping on South Mountain
We are about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. There are lots of interesting things to do just a short distance from our Gallery. If you come out for a visit why not make a day of it...we call it 'Day Tripping on South Mountain'!
PLACES TO EAT AND THINGS TO DO
Thank you for visiting us at van Gilder Pottery and welcome to the beautiful mountains of central Maryland. It is an area rich in history and there are lots of interesting things to do here. We have listed some of them below along with some good places to eat. For you hikers and campers we have included some info should you need supplies, etc. Enjoy your visit and we look forward to seeing you again!
PLACES TO EAT…ALL GOOD!
The Main Cup – our fav!
14 W. Main Street
Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House
3 S. Main Street
Old South Mountain Inn
6132 Old National Pike
The Braddock Inn
4830 Schley Ave.
Braddock Heights, MD
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Little Red Barn Ice Cream Café’
4610 Lander Road
THINGS TO DO
van Gilder Pottery
20834 Townsend Road
A working pottery and contemporary craft gallery situated in a restored barn atop South Mountain near Gathland State Park.
OPEN ALL YEAR Thursday – Monday 10-5
Check website during winter months for closings due to weather.
Gathland State Park
900 Arnoldtown Road
War Correspondents Memorial
South Mountain Heritage Society
3 East Main Street
South Mountain Heritage Society is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and exhibition
of Burkittsville´s history.
Open the First Saturday of the Month
April – September
They hold special events at other times.
Check website for info: www.southmountainheritage.org
PJ Gilligan Dry Goods & Mercantile Co.
2 West Main Street
Opened in 1821 and now frozen in the 1860’s, we offer products for
use by Civil War Re-enactors, owners of period houses who want tocreate that authentic 1860’s look, and customers who just want a unique gift.
OPEN ALL YEAR Saturday and Sunday 12-7
It is told phantoms of the Confederate army continue to haunt the area, pushing vehicles up the hill as though they were cannon. No scientific explanation has been offered that satisfies those who know of the haunted hill
. . . and the curious phenomena continues to this day. Located on Gapland Road heading into Burkittsville from Gathland State Park. Just before the red barn on your right. Near Mountain Church Road. Google it!
South Mountain Creamery
8305 Bolivar Road
Family friendly activity on the farm.
DELICIOUS homemade ice cream!!
Lots of unique little shops and eateries.
Check out the miniature house!
O’ Hurley’s General Store – Don’t miss it!
205 E Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV
Historic town in Jefferson County, WV
Interesting shops and historical sites.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
37410 Adventure Lane,
Offers a wide variety of exciting and affordable
Outdoor adventures – tubing, water rafting, zip line,
Kayaking, fishing and more!
River & Trail Outfitters
604 Valley Road
Whitewater Rafting, Tubing, Kayaking,
Canoeing, Biking near Harpers Ferry, WV.
River Riders Inc.
408 Alstadts Hill Road
Harpers Ferry, WV
Harpers Ferry, WV whitewater rafting, tubing, zip line, Kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boards, mountain biking and fishing adventures.
Crystal Grottes Caverns
19821 Shepherdstown Pike
Antietam National Battlefield
302 E Main Street
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
205 W Potomac Street
Washington Monument State Park
6620 Zittlestown Road
WINERIES & BREWERIES
Big Cork Vinyards
4236 Main Street
OPEN Thursday – Monday 11-5
Usually have live music Friday nites and on weekends. Tours offered daily. Check their events calendar!! Occasionally close early for private events so check their website.
Distillery Lane Ciderworks
5533 Gapland Road
OPEN Saturday and Sunday 12-5
Apples and both fresh and hard cider.
Check website for special events.
Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine
6219 Harley Road
Check website for hours and special events.
Usually Open Saturday and Sunday 11-5.
Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery
546 Pete Wiles Road
Open Monday-Thursday by appointment.
Smoketown Brewing Station
223 W Potomac Street
Closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday 5-9
Friday and Saturday – 12-10, Sunday 12-7
PLACES TO STAY
Tree House Camp at Maple Tree
20716 Townsend Road
Wooded campground backed up to the
Appalachian Trail. Regular campsites, tree houses and cabins available. NO RV’s
1 N Main Street
B&B owned by author Nora Roberts
Antietam Overlook Farm
4812 Porterstown Road
Light Horse Inn
108 Washington Street
The Ledge House Bed and Breakfast
280 Henry Clay Street
Harpers Ferry, WV
Barn at Two Rivers
810 Valley Road
For info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Original to the Civil War era, the Barn at Two Rivers has been newly renovated to provide a serene setting for health retreats and small conferences, family and group reunions and special occasions.
CAMPING SUPPLIES, ETC.
1201 Dutchman’s Creek Drive
Convenience Store and Gas
3842 Burkittsville Road
815 E Main Street
400 Middletown Parkway
Middletown Valley Bank - ATM
803 E Main Street
3842 Burkittsville Road
4301 Old National Pike
Middletown Valley Family Medicine
Call for ‘Walk-In’ Hours
300 S Church Street
Frederick Memorial Hospital
400 W 7th Street
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Washington County, Maryland Pottery Trail
Click HERE to download a brochure.
Visit Hagerstown - Washington COunty CVB LAUNCHES BRAND NEW POTTERY TRAIL – FIRST OF ITS KIND in MARYLAND
(HAGERSTOWN, MD.) – Visit Hagerstown & Washington County, MD (CVB) announces the launch of their newest tourism experience, the Pottery Trail of Washington County, MD. It is the first trail of its kind in Maryland. A video of the trail launch can be viewed on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/FtTXq8Dsqao
The Washington County Pottery Trail is a collection of county-based potters whose shops that can be visited year-round, either during their gallery hours or by appointment. All of the potters are part of the attached trail brochure. Stops along the trail can be added to a visitor’s vacation plans.
“This guide to the large number of local potters in the county offers a new way to visit and experience our area. It puts our local artisanal creators at front of mind for residents and tourists alike,” said Dan Spedden, president of Visit Hagerstown. “Truly unique offerings by local artisans can be found. It is also Maryland’s first trail of its kind."
The CVB was approached by Kirke Martin, owner of M4 Studios in Keedysville, and participant of the annual Valley Craft Network Studio Tour, to provide visitors with a listing of local potters. “I was inspired by the Grapes and Grains Guide that the CVB produced and thought that we could do this with the large number of local potters in Washington County,” Martin stated. “Each potter offers unique methods and styles to their craft.”
Washington County, MD is considered an arts destination in the state of Maryland, and the trail compliments all of our local arts-based attractions.
A pdf of the brochure is also attached to this email. The brochure was designed by Laura Oates Design in Keedysville, MD.
The Pottery Trail brochure is available to download on our website or to pick up at:
Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Potomac St. Suite 100, Hagerstown
The Foundry Pop-Ups, 6 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown
Download the brochure at https://www.visithagerstown.com/pottery-trail