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Plenty of outdoor activities along area rivers

HARPERS FERRY — Summer is quickly approaching and there is no better way to beat the heat to cool off in rivers and experience all the fun activities they have to offer. In the surrounding area, there are a number of activities that are just a short drive away, making it a perfect day trip for those looking for an adventure on the water. Whether it be white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, tubing or even just camping along the banks of the Potomac or Shenandoah Rivers, there are many activities to choose from. One option is River & Trail Outfitters, which is located in Knoxville, Maryland just outside Harpers Ferry. With a 43-year history, River & Trail Outfitters offers guided white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, cycling and hiking trips in the area. River trips and lessons take place in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and Antietam Creek. “There’s an awful lot right in our backyard that people don’t realize they can take advantage of. You can have a great day or weekend just a very short way away from your home. You don’t need to go really far to have really great good time,” River & Trail Outfitters General Manager John Gonano said. The company offers guided and unguided trips, and even introductory white water rafting for beginners. Water activities are available for the inexperienced, to the most experienced adventurer. People of all ages can find something they can partake in. A number of activities and packages are available for individuals or groups. “Our mission statement is to provide meaningful memories, and we really try to provide that to people,” Gonano said. Part of its mission is to also provide the highest safety measures. The company has several staff members with over 25 years of experience. During the busy summer season, it employs as many as 120 to 130 people. It also offers corporate team building activities, special guided hikes, as well as a campground located between the Potomac River and C&O Canal Towpath. “I think there’s a couple things that makes us unique. One is experience. We are the most experienced outfitter on the river and we have a number of staff with years of experience. I think the other thing is we focus on families,” Gonano said. For more information call 301-695-5177 or 1-888-I-GO-PLAY, or visit Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is another area company that offers a wide

“We are the most experienced outfitter on the river and we have a number of staff with years of experience.”

John Gonano general manager, River & Trail Outfitters

array of river adventures and outdoor activities locally. Established in 1992, it offers a number of outdoor water activities, including rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and fishing trips, in addition to several land activities. “In the summer, everyone is itching to try to get into some body of water, so this is a great way to go outside and not just end up just swimming around for the day. You actually get out there and you get a full history tour as you are going down the river. They tell you all about the area, the different mountains and how Maryland came to own both sides of the Potomac River,” said Harpers Ferry Adventure Center Marketing Director Claire Ayres. “You get history, you get the beautiful landscape, you get to be in the water and then you also have your guides with you who are very good at making the experience very humorous as well. It’s a great family activity,” Ayres added. The most popular water activity offered by is white water rafting, according to Ayres. Canoes and kayaks are available for both both flat water and white water adventures. Fishing is also a popular water activity offered by the outfitter, as well as tubing adventures. Activities are available on both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. “The requirements are you just have to be five years old and 50 pounds, so it’s a great way for everyone in the family to be able to go on a trip together on the river,” Ayres said. Harpers Ferry Adventure Center also offers combo packages that combine activities such as rafting with other popular activities like zipline adventures and tubing. It’s also the only outfitter in the area with that has its own private white water take-out area, Ayres said. “When you go on one of the other trips that uses a public take-out and you get done with your trip, you have to climb up what they call hernia hill. You have to help carry the boat as well. With our private take-out, you get to ride up the hill when you are

done on one of our ATVs and the ATV brings the boat up too,” Ayres said. Rates vary between about $65 to $80 per person. The outfitter is open seven days a week. Discounts are also available for groups and those who choose to lodge with Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, which offers campsites and mountaintop cabins. “Usually, as long as we have 24 hours notice, we can get you onto a trip,” Ayres said. For more information or to place a reservation, call 1-800-836-9911 or visit River Riders, is another company in the area that offers outdoor avendtures. River Riders, which has been in business since 1987, started off as a white water rafting outfitter, but now also offers tubing trips, white water trips and flat water tubing activities. “The rafting trip that we do is a beginner friendly white water trip. It’s seven-and-ahalf miles on the Shenandoah river. We also do canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards for the Potomac Play Pass option that we do. You can kind of swap out equipment and paddle around in the flat lake area on the Potomac river,” River Riders General Manager Amanda Mullins said. It has a zip line canopy tour that parallels the Potomac River. Although it’s not a water activity, Mullins says it gives visitors an amazing view of the river and the Harpers Ferry area. The outfitter has also opened an aerial adventure park to compliment it’s other activities and has riverside campsites and vacation home rentals available. “They are going to get a great experience with our staff members. All our equipment is new and very well maintained, so they’ll have really good equipment to use for their trips. We probably process about 75,000 guests per year, so we’re good at dealing with large volumes on the weekends,” Mullins said.

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4 – Sunday, May 29,2016 She said the outfitter has gotten a lot of positive feedback from its guests over the years and said they often say they feel like they are a part of a family when they visit because of the outfitters’ experienced staff members. Discounts are also available for West Virginia residents for some of the outfitters’ newest activities. “Guests can make a reservation, and we’ve got a really great website with lots of information. They can book any of our

Vacation Guide trips online or they can call in and we can talk to a group and get a feeling for what kind of experience they are looking for,” said Mullins. A number of specials are listed on the company’s website and the outfitter has a riverside campground. Those who stay at the campsite are eligible for a discount if they are also planning day trips with the outfitter and a complimentary shuttle service is available to transport guests


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from the campsite to the outfitter for trips. The outfitter also offers two vacation rental homes. One can accommodate 10 guests and the second can accommodate as many as 14. Both are historical homes and offer amenities such as hot tubs and fire pits. “I would say 99 percent of all our guests surveyed —we survey every guest that come out to see us —mention how wonderful our staff is. We have high standards for hiring. We look for people who have customer service experience and a passion for the outdoors. We really just couldn’t ask for better staff members here. They do a fantastic job,” Mullins said. Trips on the river average from about two to six hours long depending on which trip guests select and often guests can fill a whole day with adventures on the river if they wish to book multiple trips. “Tubing really starts to get popular toward the end of May when the water warms up. What is nice about our local rivers here is that the water warms up really fast. They are rock bottom rivers, so sunlight warms up the rocks and warms up the water,” said Mullins. Mullins said temperatures average between 70 and 80 degrees between May and October. For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-800-326-7238 or visit

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Plenty for auto racing fans to enjoy in the area


Those who live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia who happen to be fans of auto racing have a variety of places to choose from within a relatively short driving distance from home. If you have to fulfill a need for speed, whether it is an oval track, a road course or a drag strip, there’s plenty of racing action each weekend. The majority of race tracks are dirt ovals. These tracks range from a 1/4-mile bullring to a 5/8-mile speedway. Hagerstown Speedway and Winchester Speedway are the closest dirt tracks to the Panhandle, roughly a 30-minute drive from Martinsburg. You can also venture to Central Pennsylvania, where you will find Bedford, Lincoln, Path Valley, Port Royal, Selinsgrove, Susquehanna, Trail-Way and Williams Grove speedways. Each track is

within about a 90-minute to a two-hour drive from Berkeley County. You will find, depending on the specific track, the various divisions of cars competing are usually similar. Super Late Models and Sprint Cars are usually a headlining division. Most dirt tracks have a Limited Late Model or Limited Sprint division, along with a Street Stock-type class on the undercard. There are numerous other divisions that also compete. General grandstand admission prices for regular weekly shows at these tracks usually cost $10-$15 per person to attend, and most have free or discounted admission to children less than 12 years of age. Sanctioned events or races paying higher than standard purses to win will cost more to attend. Summit Point Motorsports Park is a local road course affiliated with the SCCA. The track located in Jefferson County has given road racing enthusiasts a place to compete

or spectate since 1970.Various events like Drifting, Vintage Car Racing, Sports Ca, motorcycle and go-kart racing take place at SPMP throughout the season. Mason-Dixon Dragway has been hosting drag races since 1959. The NHRA sanctioned 1/4-mile strip is located off of U.S. 40 East just outside of Hagerstown. MasonDixon features a full program of class brackets for all types of cars. Special events of interest take place throughout the season for the local drag racing fan. Other race tracks of interest a little further from the area are still worth the drive. You can utilize or to find a race track near you. Each racing facility listed has a website. Use your preferred search engine to find the track’s website, and you can find specific information such as event schedules, event pricing, track policies and map directions.

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AREA RACE TRACKS Hagerstown Speedway 15112 National Pike Hagerstown, MD 21740

Summit Point Motorsports Park 201 Motorsports Park Circle Summit Point, WV 25446

Winchester Speedway 1000 Airport Road Winchester, VA 22602

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SHEPHERDSTOWN — A place that marries rich history with forward-thinking values, Shepherdstown’s dining and shopping experience is representative of this city’s unique character amongst small rural villages. Located just along the Potomac River in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Shepherdstown’s historic district boasts more diversity in its offerings than an outof-towner might expect. Populated with upscale craft and antique shops, as well as second-hand boutiques and even an old-fashioned general store, Shepherdstown has the classic American diner and the fancy French bistro, all within two city blocks. Located on the corner of historic Princess and High streets — where Shepherdstown meets Shepherd University, the Blue Moon Cafe serves as one of the longest running businesses downtown, in part, because it caters to every dining demographic: the

tourist, the local and the student. Owner Greg King said he thinks the magic in the Blue Moon is its “something for everyone” menu and casual-dining atmosphere. “What we needed was to cover all the bases,” King said of choosing the menu. The ‘Moon’s’ menu features over 100 affordable choices ranging from gourmet pizza to hamburgers and fries, vegetarian options, sandwiches, soups, wraps, salads and even homemade quesaidillas. The lunch/dinner menu demonstrates a commitment to using local organic and seasonal produce, as well as grass-fed and free range meats. The Blue Moon also sells locally made pastries and hand dipped ice cream for dessert, and serves largely local or regional beers on tap as well as wine and a few champagne cocktails. A friendly staff of longtime employees waits on tables in a red dining room filled

with local artwork. Formerly “Johnny’s Amoco Gas Station,” Blue Moon’s main dining room was once a place to pump your gas or get a tuneup. Today, the Moon’s main attraction come springtime may be its “secret garden” patio, where customers can sit in shaded corners or beside the bustling water of the famous Town Run. As a whole, Shepherdstown offers visitors a robust collection of shops and eateries, largely located within walking distance of each other. To find out more about the many shops and restaurants Shepherdstown has to offer, visit the Shepherdstown Visitor’s Center website at or drop in. It’s located at 129 E. German St. in the historic Entler Hotel next to the Shepherdstown Museum. Call 304-8762786 or email

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CHARLES TOWN — The Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will present a star-studded lineup of entertainment this summer that will include award-winning music, comedy and game shows. Entertainers include country star Martina McBride, rockers .38 Special, America’s game show Price is Right Live! Stage Show, and comedy kings Carlos Mencia and Jeff Foxworthy. America’s longest running and favorite game show The Price is Right Live! Stage Show, will be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5. All of the game show’s favorite games will be performed including Plinko and Cliffhangers, with celebrity host Todd Newton. Randomly selected contestants will have their chance to appear on stage, spin The Big Wheel and even bet in the final Showcase Showdown. In addition to the game show prizes, $20,000 in cash and prizes will be given away at the casino all weekend. Father’s Day weekend will feature non-

Comedian Carlos Mencia will perform at the Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Friday, June 17. stop laughs from platinum-selling comedian Carlos Mencia on Friday, June 17 at 9 p.m. Best known for his Comedy Central series “Mind of Mencia,” the jokester will have the audience howling with his politically charged topics and routines. Throughout his career, Mencia has appeared in several hit television series including,

“The Bernie Mac Show,” and “The Arsenio Hall Show,” as well as a number of his own comedy specials on HBO and Comedy Central. Iconic powerhouse ensemble .38 Special will rock the night away Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. With more than four decades of arena rock under their belts, the band will be performing all its hits, including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up In You,” and “Rockin’ Into the Night” to the Event Center stage. 38 Special continues to tour more than 100 cities per year bringing music from their multiple gold and platinum-selling albums to their fans. Fourteen-time Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride’s two-show stop in Charles Town is scheduled for Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, with 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and two Triple Platinum awards.

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Some of her most recognizable career hits include, “Concrete Angel,” “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing.” The country icon has won the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year four times, and is a three-time recipient of the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist award. McBride was inducted into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1995. Finally, catch one of the hottest comedians in the country, Jeff Foxworthy, will perform Friday, Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. The famed member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour is known for his knee-slapping one-liners, including “you might be a redneck if,” earning him multiple Grammy Award nominations and the title of the largest selling comedyrecording artist in history. Foxworthy is a best-selling author, producer of “Foxworthy’s Big Night Out” and host of Fox series “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

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UPCOMING SHOWS AT CASINO The Price is Right Friday, June 3 at 9 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at 4 p.m. Carlos Mencia Friday, June 17 at 9 p.m. .38 Special Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. Martina McBride (pictured above right) Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Jeff Foxworthy (pictured below right) Friday, Aug. 19 at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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CHARLES TOWN — Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has been a staple of horse racing in West Virginia for many, many years. Founded in 1933 as the Charles Town Races, it is one of four tracks in the Mountain State. Two of them race thoroughbreds, and the other two race dogs. The thoroughbreds thunder around the short track at Charles Town, affectionately known in racing circles as a bullring, four or five nights a week depending on time of the year. Beside the horses, a fan favorite to visit on race days are the walls of history. The history of the facility is depicted through a timeline of pictures and mementos. The track has hosted horses that have participated in racing’s Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Charles Town made history in 1969 when the a female jockey won a pari-mutuel race in the United States for the first time. The Skyline Terrace offers diners a chance to eat while watching the races. Patrons dine in front of a large window

overlooking the track as the horses run. Diners can also place bets from their tables. Charles Town will host racing almost every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through October. The track hosted the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, the one of the richest races in the country outside of the Triple Crown runs, in April. A big event in October is the 30th running of the West Virginia Breeders Classics. It will take place Oct. 8 and will air on FoxSportsNet. It is an event that highlights the breeding industry in West Virginia, and the races features thorough-

breds from the Mountain State. Fifteen stakes races remain on the Charles Town schedule aside from the Breeders Classics. Among the highlights are the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks, a Grade 3 race; the $100,000 Wild & Wonderful and $100,000 Pink Ribbon on Sept. 3. Additionally, the track offers simulcast racing from all over the country every night of the week. Charles Town Races is located at 750 Hollywood Drive in Charles Town. For a complete schedule of all racing, see

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Millions of tourists can’t be wrong, especially when it comes to discovering all that Washington, D.C., has to offer. In fact, the most recent statistics released by the tourism bureau, Destination DC, showed a record 18.9 million tourists — mostly from the United States, only about two million were foreigners — visited the nation’s capital in 2012, which is about a million more than just a year earlier. Not only has the district reached a record high in terms of visitors, that trend is expected to continue through 2016, officials report. The good news for local folks is that Washington is accessible and offers lots of destinations — regardless of whether visitors are looking to spend a day or a week.

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And it’s also possible to do a lot without spending a lot of money, either. Planning for a visit can be easily done online, thanks to, which offers information on everything from lodging and dining to help with deciding where to go while in the district.

FRUGAL FUN Visitors on a budget will appreciate advice entitled “100 Free — And Almost Free — Things to Do” that covers a variety of topics including family-friendly activities; history and heritage; arts and culture; theater and performing arts; restaurants, food and wine; and African American culture, to name a few listings.

Website visitors can order the district’s free, official visitors guide or simply view it online, as well as book hotel packages. It offers advice on how individuals — as well as families — can experience history, see the sights, get some exercise and have fun — all at the same time without breaking the bank: ¯ National Mall, Constitution Ave. N.W., is larger than many people realize. It is an open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial (it has 36 columns, one for each state in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death). See D.C., Page 15


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It is home to some of the nation’s most famous sites including the Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt monuments, as well as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, National World War II Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Monuments and memorials are free and open to the public 24 hours a day. It’s also a popular place to sit in the sunshine, throw a frisbee or play a game of volleyball at one of the pits at Potomac Park. Or take advantage of the services offered by DC by Foot, a walking tour company that gives free (gratuities are accepted), kid-friendly tours which include games, fun facts and trivia. Walking tours include the Arlington Cemetery and Lincoln Assassination, while there is also a Twilight Washington bus tour. ¯ The Washington Monument, also on the National Mall, reopened in 2014 after an August 2011 earthquake caused more than 150 cracks in the 550-foot tall, marble structure — a $15 million restoration project. Tickets are required for all visitors ages 2 and up. Free, same-day tickets are available at the Washington

Monument Lodge on 15th Street (adjacent to the monument). ¯ Museums on the Mall include many popular landmarks including the National Museum of American History (See the original “Star Spangled Banner” that inspired the national anthem), National Museum of Natural History (visitors can walk among living butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion for free on Tuesdays), National Air and Space Museum (take time to play pilot in a mock cockpit at the exhibit America by Air), National Museum of the American Indian and National Gallery of Art. ¯ The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., is a destination in itself. Public tour requests must be submitted through a member of Congress, including Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin or Rep. Alex Mooney. These free, selfguided tours are scheduled on a firstcome, first-served basis, since a limited number of spaces are available. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. See D.C., Page 16

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Visitors will be allowed to peek inside the library, the Vermeil Room, cabinets containing the china collection and the Diplomatic Reception Room. Visitors will also see various “colored rooms” including the Red Room, Blue Room, Green Room and the Gold State Dining Room. ¯ Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., has free admission as well as 2,000 individual animals of 400 different species. The 163-acre facility is set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of the district. Visit the popular panda house or take part in daily programs that include animal training, feeding demonstrations and keeper talks. ¯ Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the place to see money being made — literally. Tours are free, but during the peak season (March-August), first-come, first-served sameday tickets are required. The ticket office opens at 8 a.m. ¯ National Archives, where visitors can see important national documents including John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence as well as others such as the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Also a great opportunity to research family immigration records.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE AGAIN — AT NO CHARGE ¯ Visit Arlington National Cemetery — which was originally a burial spot for Civil War soldiers — to remember those who paid the ultimately price for freedom. Try to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns which is especially touching. ¯ The Library of Congress regularly holds free lectures, concerts, exhibits and poetry readings. Sometimes referred to as the world’s largest library, it houses historic items including the papers of Frederick Douglass and educator Booker T. Washington. ¯ Pay a visit to Freedom Plaza, a popular rallying spot dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.

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Fireworks illuminate the sky over the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument during Fourth of July celebrations, on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Washington. ¯ History is still being made at the Supreme Court, where it is possible to visit while justices are in session. ¯ Trivial Pursuit fans may be stumped at the National Portrait Gallery, which has the country’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of The White House. ¯ See American history told through stamps at the National Postal Museum. And right across the street is the historic Union Station that is well known for its outstanding architecture. FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES — FREE FUN ¯ The Fourth of July week is an especially exciting time to

visit because many activities — including musical performances, fireworks and special festivals — are family friendly, as well as free to attend. ¯ National Independence Day Parade features marching bands from across the country, patriotic floats, dignitaries, military and specialty units in the annual line up. It kicks off at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 7th St. N.W. ¯ Independence Day fireworks on the National Mall — complete with patriotic music — are a popular annual event and draw visitors from around the nation as well as world. The fireworks show usually starts a little after 9 p.m. But remember to claim your viewing spot early

as the Mall fills up quickly. ¯ July 4th festivities also include “A Capitol Fourth,” a free, 90-minute musical production on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn. It features the National Symphony Orchestra and ends with the well-known “1812 Overture” — complete with live cannon fire courtesy of the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. ¯ Want more patriotic music on Independence Day? Music lovers will want to hear the free, annual Independence Day Organ Concert at the National Cathedral which begins at 11 a.m. See D.C., Page 18

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¯ The National Archives also holds Fourth of July activities that include patriotic performances, dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and appearances by historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. ¯ The National Museum of American History’s ongoing “American Stories” exhibit features a number of national “treasures” including The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers, Kermit the Frog and part of Plymouth Rock.

REFLECTING ON CIVIL RIGHTS — FOR FREE ¯ Abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ renovated former home, Cedar Hill, offers free tours with a small booking fee. Don’t forget to take in a great aerial view of the city while visiting here. ¯ The times and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are never far away in Washington, including the Willard InterContinental Washington where he wrote his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. ¯ Don’t forget to visit the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his speech.

¯ Also head to the Tidal Basin to visit the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. ¯ Explore Cultural Tourism DC’s African American Heritage Trail to learn more about lesser-known sites of significance in the city’s black history. GOING GREEN — WITHOUT SPENDING BIG BUCKS ¯ Rock Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg Lane N.W., was one of the first federally managed parks and offers a lot more than green space, including a scattering of Civil War forts, a cemetery and a 19th century mill. Its visitor center, 5200 Glover Road N.W., is a great place to start and has a variety of offerings including information and exhibits. It has the only planetarium operated by the National Park Service. Tours of the night sky are free. ¯ U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave., N.E., was established in 1927 and has 446 acres of flora and fauna to explore, including Asia, azalea and conifer collections. In addition to gardens, the facility also has nature areas and hiking trails. ¯ The Tidal Basin, Tidal Basic and Ohio

Drive N.W., is perhaps best known as the place to be in the spring for viewing the famous cherry blossoms, but it is also pedestrian-friendly year round, has lots of greenery and offers a good view of the Jefferson Memorial. ¯ U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland and First St. S.W., is located at the east end of The Mall. It features several gardens and plant collections contained in a large greenhouse. Additionally, the tallest part of the conservatory has great views of the Capitol and surrounding neighborhoods. ¯ Sunrise is a great time to enjoy the monuments before the day gets too busy. Early birds may want to start with the sun behind them at the Grant Memorial (in front of the U.S. Capitol) and walk the two miles to the Lincoln Memorial, passing the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial enroute. ¯ The Freshfarm Market, Dupont Circle, is held each Sunday, April through December, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the peak of the farm season, more than 30 farmers offer a variety of goods including fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish and baked goods.

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Ryan Ripken, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal, is one of the stars on this season’s Hagerstown Suns team.

Nationals’ affiliate in Hagerstown keeps swinging


HAGERSTOWN — The Suns hope to be shining in Hagerstown as the South Atlantic League ballclub celebrates its 10th anniversary as a minor-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Suns, through an assorted of affiliations, as well as levels of play over time, are in the midst of their 36th season in Hagerstown, playing in aged Municipal Stadium. Though there have been threats of the club moving to a different location, the Suns appear set to stay put in the stadium that dates to 1930. Some modest improvements were undertaken in the offseason. Some of the Nationals’ brightest stars, including pitcher Stephen Strasburg and reigning National League most valuable

player Bryce Harper, have worn the jerseys of the Suns early in their careers. Sometimes, a current member of the Nationals will make an appearance in Hagerstown while on a rehabilitation assignment. The team is celebrating its association with the Nationals by wearing special throwback jerseys for Saturday games at home. They will be auctioned later, as will other special wardrobe items from throughout the season. Team members also wore Autism Awareness jerseys on Fridays in April and will don alternative shirts for Military Appreciation nights as well as for Pink Weekend, June 16-19, to benefit breast cancer awareness. The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents will make a June 18 appearance in a stadium that has had its brush with

some of past baseball greats. Players like Willie Mays (whose No. 24 is emblazoned on the wall in right field), Hack Wilson, Lefty Grove and Jim Palmer have played in Municipal Stadium. With Ryan Ripken on the current Nationals roster, sometimes Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. comes to Hagerstown to take in a game. The Suns have ranked near or atop the Northern Division standings of the South Atlantic League throughout the first half of the season. The team, according to thirdyear manager Patrick Anderson, a Maryland native, is comparable to one in 2014 that played in the league championship. Admission to the ballpark is $9 for general admission and $12 for VIP seating. There is more than baseball, however. See SUNS, Page 22

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The Frederick Keys, the Baltimore Orioles’ high Class A affiliate, feature tomorrow’s Major League Baseball stars.

Young Orioles learn the ropes in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. — The influence of Francis Scott Key, the author of our nation’s “Star Spangled Banner,” permeates his hometown — perhaps no place more so than at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, home of the Frederick Keys. The high Class A minor league affiliate


of the Baltimore Orioles is playing its 28th season at the stadium located right across the street from Mount Olivet Cemetery, where Key and his wife are buried. Key wrote the poem that became the national anthem of the United States while watching Americans fight the British at Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. The northernmost team in the Carolina League, attracts large crowds to the ballpark

located near the split of Interstates 70 and 270 and very visible to travelers on the highways. The fans stretch from seats that rim the venue from first to third base, all the way to grassy slopes down the outfield lines. Youngsters, gloves in hand, often roam either hillside in quest of a souvenir foul ball.

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The youngest of fans can enjoy a spin around the carousel in the stadium’s Fun Zone, while fans of all ages interact with Keynote, the team’s mascot who is available for autographs and pictures. A tradition is for fans to shake their keys during the seventhinning stretch as they sing along to the team’s theme song, “Shake Your Keys.” The stadium is entirely non-smoking on the third base side, where alcoholic beverages are also prohibited. Concession stands offer myriad beverages and food, including traditional ballpark fare, as well as crabcake sandwiches — a Maryland necessity. Fans pay attention to ballplayers, some of whom eventually reach the parent club in Baltimore, located about 40 miles to the east of Frederick. Some Orioles return to play in Frederick as they recover from injuries and are sent to the minors on rehabilitation assignments. Already this season, three Orioles have dressed in Keys uniforms. Among the more popular Keys players is Baltimore standout Manny Machado, who returned to his professional roots a couple of seasons ago for a three-day stint. Harry Grove Stadium also played host to George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who popped in for a game while on retreat at Camp David, located not too far from Frederick. The Keys have enjoyed their share of success in their history, winning four league championships — known as the Mills Cup. The most recent came in 2011. There are oodles of promotions, including novelties fans can pick up upon entry to the stadium. There are events for fans between innings, and youngsters can run the bases. There’s also a bevy of postgame fireworks displays. The players often join the fans to watch. The Keys will host for a second year the popular Nickelodeon Night on June 17. It will feature players from the Keys and Lynchburg Hillcats in uniforms resembling clothing worn by the “Rugrats” characters. Ticket prices range from $7-13. There are discounts available for youth, seniors and active military. More information is available at

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BERRYVILLE, Va.—Lovers of wine and those looking to try something new can enjoy visiting the region’s many wineries this summer. Parts of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, western Maryland and West Virginia may seem like unexpected places to find winemakers, but the region’s climate is well-suited for cultivating grapes. “There are certain wines that are good in Virginia,” said Lisa Adams, owner of 612 Vineyard in Berryville, Virginia. “Every region has a different grape that works well in the region. Virginia has their grapes, and I’m learning how to work with them.” Adams said no grapes are grown on the farm at 612. Instead, she works with a winemaker in another part of Virginia, whom she said is teaching her the process. “My grapes and wine come from the Shenandoah Valley, down near Edinborough, and that’s where my winemaker is. I’m learning the business part of (operating a vineyard), and the wine part is coming,” Adams said. Adams said she owns eight acres of the property, an old farm located on Shepherd’s Mill Road, which she purchased from the farmer in 1996. Originally, Adams lived in a house on the property with her late husband, who was instrumental to her decision to open a vineyard of her own. “My husband was in insurance, and he sold insurance to wineries when they were first getting big in the area, about five or six years ago,” Adams said. “He was also a musician, so he would go to the wineries and say, ‘I sell insurance, and by the way, I can play at your vineyard.’ Then I would go and watch him play, and we’d have a couple bottles of wine. In 2011, he passed away of cancer, but he left a lot of good memories. It’s a big house for me but I needed to do something if I wanted to stay here. It just kind of fell into place to do a vineyard.” Adams said she can rely on assistance from nearby vineyards as she learns. “The vineyards have a great community. People from Twin Oaks (a nearby Virginia Vineyard) would call the first couple of weeks and ask me if everything was going well or if I needed any help with anything. They come down and visit me and they always refer people. It’s amazing. You think everyone would be in competition, like, ‘Come to my winery and not theirs,’ but it’s kind of a group thing. It’s nice to have that support,” she said. Adams said one of her favorite things about owning a vineyard is meeting people at tastings.

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The tasting room of 612 Vineyard in Berryville, Va., is shown. 612 offers wine tastings, live music and other events. “It’s a lot of fun meeting people, hearing their story, where they’re from and why they’re here. I love entertaining. I love people coming to my house and being happy. This is why I do it,” she said. John and Pam Stebbins stopped at 612 Vineyard on their way to visit their daughter in Christiansburg, Virginia. They came from Pennsylvania, but had enough time to stop in and try the wine before moving on. “We decided that on the way there, we should stop at some of the wineries,” Pam said. “We had gone to a couple in Virginia on our way to Virginia Beach. There are a lot of wineries in this area. We’ll have to try some more another time when we have more time.” John said they found out about 612 after visiting Twin Oaks. “They told us about this winery, so we came down here. We like smaller wineries that look interesting.” After sampling the seven different wines offered at 612, the couple said their favorites were the rose and the port-style wine, which is aged in bourbon barrels. “We’d absolutely come back here when we have more time,” John said. “It would be nice to sit outside by the fire pit and look at the beautiful view.” 612 Vineyard offers tastings on Fridays,

Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. with additonal times by appointment. Adams said she is hoping to begin work on an outdoor event center and live music schedule. 612 is located at 864 Shepherd’s Mill Road, Berryville, Virginia, and online at www.612 and Similar locations in the region include: 8 Chains North Winery, located at 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford, Virginia. The winery and tasting room, located in a renovated barn, are open on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit 8 Chains North Winery at, on Facebook at or call 571-439-2255. 868 Estate Vineyards, located at 14001 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville, Virginia. Open noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thurday, noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call 540668-7008. See WINERIES, Page 31

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Above Ground Winery, located in Purcellville, Virginia, is an urban farm winery that began as a small hobby winery. Tours are $10 and focus on wine education and sampling a variety of red and white wines. For more information, visit them on Facebook at or call 540-579-4467. The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, located at 16804 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton, Virginia. Open from Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tastings are $5 and take place in a restored stone dairy barn that is 100 years old. For more information, visit or call 540-338-5309. Big Cork Vineyards, located at 4236 Main St., Rohrersville, Maryland, broke ground in 2011 and recently opened on 24 acres. According to its website, it is the second largest vineyard in Washington County. Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 301-302-8032 or email Bluemont Vineyard, located at 18755 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia.

Wine tasting hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday until 8 p.m. the cost is $8 per person for a sampling of 6 to 8 wines. For more information, visit online at or call 540554-8439. Bogati Bodega and Vineyard, located at 35246 Harry Byrd Highway, Suite 190 Round Hill, Virginia. Wine tastings are offered Monday through Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday noon to 6 p.m. and Friday noon to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. For more information visit or call 540-338-1144. Boxwood Estate Winery, located at 2042 Burrland Lane, Middleburg, Virginia. Tours and tastings of the vineyard’s red wines are offered from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours are approximately 45 minutes and cost $20 per person. For more information visit or call 540687-8778. Breaux Vineyards, located at 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Hillsboro, Virginia. Tastings are offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from May to October at $5 per person. For more information, visit or call 540668-6299. TIC KE T

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Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg, located at 38600 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg, Virginia. Tastings are offered Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with later closings on Friday and Saturday during the summer months. Light foods available in the tasting room. Cana Vineyards has life music from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit on Facebook at or call 703-348-2458. Cardamon Family Vineyards, located at 12226 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville, Virginia. Tastings of wines made with grapes grown on the property or from local sources are offered Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to December or by reservation. For more information, visit on Facebook at yards or call 540-668-9018. Carroll Vineyards, located at 29 South King St, Leesburg, Virginia. Tastings are offered Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fore more information, visit or call 703777-3322. See WINERIES, Page 32

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Trailblazers’ mission is to promote existing outdoor recreational activities to residents and to continuously expand the current network of trails throughout the triMARTINSBURG – The opportunity to state area. get outside and hit the trails in the While the overall goal is to create a conEastern Panhandle may be more abunnected network of trails from Harpers dant than residents may believe. From the nature paths in Harpers Ferry Ferry to Berkeley Springs, about 80 miles total, the group’s current focus is on to the 11-mile W.Va. 9 paved trail, the enhancing trail and biking opportunities Eastern Panhandle is ripe with opportuin Martinsburg. nity to enjoy a summer’s day outside, either for a relaxing walk or vigorous run. “If you really want to get a community hiking and biking, you have to make it Bill Yearout, founder of the Eastern easy. The Eastern Panhandle Recreational Panhandle Trailblazers, said the area is Trail can accommodate a wide range of not known for having a lot of hiking and users and it’s used seven days a week, but biking places, but the area has a lot to it’s lack of allure is you have to pack up offer, especially for kids and parents. and go to it,” Yearout said. With at least seven different trails to With easy access and available parkexplore, Harpers Ferry National Historic ing—two of the biggest obstacles to overPark has about 20 miles of hiking trails. come—the group is working to enhance The trails vary from easy 30-minute walks to five-hour hikes, showcasing local the city’s parks so nearby neighborhoods and residents can have accessible trails scenery and historic battlefields. At about 11 miles, the W.Va. 9 trail, also that can family-friendly walking, running, hiking and cycling. known as the Eastern Panhandle Utilizing everything from existing pathRecreational Trail, offers individuals and families the opportunity to set their own ways to “goat paths,” Yearout and the pace and distance to run, walk or bike in Trailblazers are working to connect local Berkeley County. The trail is maintained parks, including War Memorial Park, P.O. Faulkner Park, Charlotte Prather Park, by the Eastern Panhandle Trailblazers. Oatesdale Park and Poor House Farm In addition to maintenance, the



Park, to increase recreational and health benefits for residents. In addition to expanding trails, the Trailblazers are also working to enhance the trail through landscaping and features like benches. “If you really want to get a community hiking and biking, you have to make it easy. I think that’s sort of a built in challenge because it’s going to be a while until we’re looking to have everything that we want. But if you look around, you can pull it off. You can find some good things to do,” Yearout said. Additional recreational trails in the region include: The C & O Canal Trail, with access point in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and West Virginia, offers more than 184 miles of trail for hikers, joggers, cyclists, birdwatchers and horseback riders. With picturesque landscape views, the trail is open year-round during daylight hours. With 45 miles of paved trails and 32 miles of gravel trail, the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, in Loudoun County, Va., offers both urban and countryside views for bikers, hikers, runners and See RECREATIONAL, Page 34


Casanel Vineyards, located at 17952 Canby Rd, Leesburg, Virginia. Tastings are $5 per person and are offered Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday. For more information, visit or call 540-7511776. Chrysalis Vineyards, located at 23876 Champe Ford Rd, Middleburg, Virginia. Tours and tastings are offered seven days a week, yearround. For more information, including hours, visit or call 540-6878222. Corcoran Vineyards, located at 14635 Corkys Farm Ln, Waterford, Virginia. Tastings are $7 per person and are offered from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. For more information, visit or call 540-8829073. 8 Cox Family Winery, located at 702 Morgan Street, Martinsburg. According to its website, Cox Family Winery is the only winery in the Eastern Panhandle and has been selling wine since 2010. For more information, call 304-839-8342. Creek’s Edge Winery, located at 41255

Annas Lane, Lovettsville, Virginia. For more information, visit on Facebook at or call 540-822-3825. Crushed Cellars, located at 37938 Charles Town Pk, Purcellville, Virginia. Tastings are offered in a tasting room overlooking a pond and vineyard. For more information, visit or call 571-3749463. Doukenie Winery, located at 14727 Mountain Rd, Hillsboro, Virginia. Tastings and tours are offered during the summer, and hours can be found online at or by calling 540668-6464. Tours are approximately 45 minutes to an hour in duration. Dry Mill Vineyards and Winery, located at 18195 Dry Mill Rd, Leesburg, Virginia. For more information, visit or call 703-737-3930. Fabbioli Cellars, located at 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, Virginia. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the vineyard offers tastings and tours in an educational setting. For more information visit or call 703-771-1197.

Greenhill Winery and Vineyards, located at 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg, Virginia, 20117. The tasting room is open daily from noon until sunset. For more information, visit on Facebook at or call 540-687-6968. Hidden Brook Winery, located at 43301 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Virginia. Tastings are offered on Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tasting fees are $3 per person, but will be returned if a bottle is purchased. For more information, visit or call 703-7373935. Hunters Run Wine Barn, located at 40325 Charles Town Pike, Hamilton, Virginia. Tastings are in a casual, equestrian-themed setting. For more information, visit or call 703926-4183. Lost Creek Vineyards and Winery, located at 43277 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Virginia, 20176. For more information, visit or call 703-4439836.

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Natural caves were not formed overnight, and can be the result of a major geological event that took place hundreds of millions of years ago. Jerry Downs, the owner and operator of Crystal Grottoes Caverns in Boonsboro, Md., explained how that particular cave got its start. “About 330 million years ago, had you

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a big sheet, crunches up against the eastern seaboard of this continent and forms the Appalachian Mountains.” According to Downs, the pressure from the pushing of the geological plate caused the land to fracture. When groundwater came in contact with these fractures, the cave began to form. “About 60 feet underground, the water table will move into a fracture like that and dissolve out a chamber. It took some 250 million years to do this, according to the people from the Maryland Geological Survey,” he said. The underground rock in the region is limestone, which dissolves in water over millions of years. The result of water eroding caves throughout large areas of limestone results in Karst topography, series of caves and caverns underground. Downs said the formations in the caverns were created by water on the surface of the ground. “Once the caves dissolved out, rainwater from the surface came down into the caves and set off the formation base. One must have caves before there can be formations—you can’t have it the other way around.” According to Downs, the cave was discovered shortly after the invention of the automobile, when the site was being used as a quarry to create some of the first paved roads in the United States. “Henry Ford just came out with the internal combustion engine, and Congress says, ‘Hey, that’s a neat trick. Can you build us some trucks?’ Next thing you know, they need roads in this country because this stuff’s driving around in the mud. Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and a guy named John Burroughs on hydraulics set up a rock crusher, and they’re drilling and blasting into this cliff,” he said. Eventually, Downs said, the workers broke through a wall of rock and found a hole. Upon exploring the tunnels, they decided they had found something too beautiful to continue destroying. Workers spent months digging out about five feet of clay to make the passages high enough, and April 2, 1922, was the first day the cave was open to the public. Kerosene lanterns lit the way for early visitors, Downs said. Although the caves at Crystal Grottoes were discovered nearly a century ago, there was another recent development that changed the cave. A new passage was recently dug out, allowing visitors to get a different view of the caverns. “My caving guys dug through and discovered a piece of this new passage and we recently dug it out and dedicated it,” Downs said. “The guys who dug it out got to go

through it first, and then the public came through.” Downs said the way the passage cuts through the middle of the cave helps him run his commercial cave business more efficiently. Tour groups can come out of the cave at the same point they went down into it, and the more open nature of the cave allows for ready access to electrical wiring for the lights. “Everybody in every business has some kind of claim to something; how big, how bad, how mean, how vicious they are. This cave just happens to have more formations per square foot than any cave known to man, so that’s what I sell. I don’t claim it’s the biggest cave, I don’t claim it’s the deepest one, it’s not the baddest one—but it is the best decorated,” Downs said. As far as the cave’s formations go, Downs said he is not interested in giving them fanciful names. He said he would rather educate visitors on the natural history of the cave’s formation. “We have two or three formations that we’ve named like that, but I don’t like to get too deep into the fantasy land stuff,” Downs said. “I’m more interested in teaching people about the practical geology of it.” Downs said he makes sure his employees can talk about the geology of the cave without being so technical that visitors lose interest, while not insulting their intelligence. Downs said he gets several main types of visitors at Crystal Grottoes, each type with different interests. “I’ve got various kinds of people that want to see this facility. There’s the geology type, and those come specifically for the cave itself and they love it. Then you’ve got the historian types, that like to view caves and battlefields at the same time. We do massive amounts of school groups, and we’ve had visits from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and churches, and an awful lot of that is local, within 60 miles or so,” he said. In addition to tours, Downs said he is open to hosting private events like parties, reunions and weddings in the caverns. “It’s not in the brochure, but if you ask me about it, we can most likely work something out,” he said. Crystal Grottoes Caverns, located at 19821 Shepherdstown Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland, is open every day from April 1 through Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 240-217-7623. SIMILAR ATTRACTIONS IN THE REGION INCLUDE Smoke Hole Caverns and Log Cabin Resort, located at 8290 N. Fork Highway Cabins, West Virginia. The site hosts reunions, weddings and other special events in

addition to hunting and fishing opportunities. Smoke Hole Caverns welcomes school groups, scout troops and other visitors. Tours of the caverns are $15 per adult and $10 for children ages 5-12. For more information, visit or call 304-2574442. Seneca Caverns, located in Riverton, West Virginia, eight miles south of Seneca Rocks on Route 33. Tours are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day), and school groups and other large tour groups are welcome. For more information, visit or call 304-5672691. Organ Cave, located on Route 63, about six miles south of Ronceverte, West Virginia. The cave is on the National Historic Landmarks register due to its significance during the Civil War. Walking tours are offered Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. A discount of 15 percent off is offered to those who show a military I.D. For more information, visit or call 304-645-7600. Lost World Caverns, located in Lewisburg. In addition to hosting parties, weddings and events, tours of the caverns are offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are $12 for adults over the age of 13, $6 for children ages six to 12, and children younger than six are free. For more information, visit or call 304-6456677. Natural Bridge Caverns, located at 15 Appledore Lane, Natural Bridge, Virginia. Tours are available by reservation, and cost $16 per adult, $10 for children ages 7 to 17 and children under age 6 are free. Guided tours of the caverns take approximately 45 minutes. For more information, visit or call 1-800533-1410. Dixie Caverns, located at 5753 West Main Street, Salem, Virginia. The property is also home to campgrounds that are open yearround. Forty-five minute guided cavern tours are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. yearround. Call 540-380-2085 for tour prices and group reservations, or visit Grand Caverns, located at 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, Virginia. The caverns are a national natural landmark, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 1 to Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31. School groups and other large groups are welcome, but should call at least two weeks in advance to schedule a tour. For more information, visit or call 540-2495705. Endless Caverns, located at 1800 Endless See CAVES, Page 39

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For Civil War enthusiasts, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is ideally located near the center of the action. Home to several of its own battlefields, the Eastern Panhandle is also a short drive from the battlefields of northern Virginia, Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. Berkeley County was the site of the Battle of Hokes Run, also known as the Battle of Falling Waters, Union victory in the summer of 1861. Jefferson County was home to the Battle of Harpers Ferry and the Battle of Shepherdstown, a pair of Confederate victories in September 1862. Three battles took place in Winchester,


Virginia, which changed hands more than 70 22,000 square feet of exhibit space. times during the Civil War — while the battles of Kernstown and Cedar Creek were Here is a listing of battlefields and key fought in Frederick County, Virginia. The Civil War attractions in the region: Battle of Monocacy, meanwhile, was fought just outside Frederick, Maryland, in 1864, Monocacy National Battlefield and was the site of the northernmost 4632 Araby Church Road, Frederick, MD Confederate victory of the war. 21704 The Antietam National Battlefield, known 301-662-3515 as the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, is just a 25-minute drive from Martinsburg in Sharpsburg, Maryland, while Harpers Ferry National Historical Park the Gettysburg National Military Park is a litHarpers Ferry, WV 25425 tle more than an hour away. The park’s visitor 304-535-6029 center, which opened in 2008, features See BATTLEFIELDS, Page 40


Caverns Road, New Market, Virginia. Tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a rate of $18 per adult and $8 for children ages 4 to 11. Group rates are available. Visit or call 540-8962283 for more information. Skyline Caverns, located at 10344 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal, Virginia. Tours are offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and after June 15.

Rates are $20 per adult over the age of 14, $10 for children ages 7 to 13 and children younger than 7 are admitted for free. Discounts of $2 off each adult ticket and $1 off each child ticket are available for military personnel, AAA members and senior citizens. For more information, visit or call 540-6354545. Shenandoah Caverns, located at 261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, Virginia. Hours of

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Plantation Distillery, which blends locallygrown fruit with 190 proof moonshine to create “sweet shine” cocktail liquers. According to Rob Losey, who co-owns Bloomery Plantation Distillery with Linda Losey and Tom Kiefer, the establishment is two and a half years old. Losey said they bought the building, which

served as a slave quarters in the 1800s, in 2010 and began construction and renovation in 2011. It was on Sept. 17 of that year that was the distillery’s first day open for business. “The center part of the building was built in 1840,” said Bill Nicewarner, an employee at the See DISTILLERIES, Page 42


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distillery who makes the “hooch,” as it is affectionately called at Bloomery. “It’s one of the last two slave quarters left in Jefferson County. The two wings were added in 1870, and its built from old boats that went up and down the river.” Nicewarner said Linda Losey is researching the names of the slaves who lived in the building in order to recognize them, possibly with a plaque. Bloomery Plantation Distillery began as a manufacturer of limoncello, a traditional Italian after-dinner drink made from hard liquor and lemon peels. Losey said the inspiration for making limoncello began when Kiefer took a trip to the Vatican several years ago, when his great-greataunt was being canonized as the first saint from Australia. “While they were there, they visited Osteria del Molino, a tiny little Italian family restaurant, and they were introduced to really good handmade limoncello. Grandma was making it in the back,” Losey said. “Until then, they had only tried commercially-produced limoncello, and the handmade is just so much different. That’s what we try to emulate.” Losey said every batch of limoncello at Bloomery Plantation Distillery is made by hand, with hand-zested lemons. He said the key is to only use the yellow part of the peel, leaving out the white pith, which can add a bitter, medicinelike taste to the drink if left in. Losey said Kiefer invited him to a blind tastetest, with his limoncello up against 22 commercially-produced limoncellos. According to Losey, Kiefer’s handmade batch was the best. “I saw them do more blind taste-testings, and I grew up in a big Italian family, so I shared it with family, with friends in Little Italy in Baltimore and they all said it was really good. The next step was finding something fun to do with it,” Losey said. Losey said having fun is central to Bloomery Plantation Distillery’s philosopy and products. “It really has been a labor of fun, if you will. We’re really passionate about what we do. If it’s something other people are doing, we’re probably not going to do it. If you look at my lineup, there aren’t a lot of flavors that you can find someplace else. We’re serious about what we do, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously,” he said. Losey said he hopes the fun factor is evident in the details, including the bottle labels. Each flavor is personified in an illustration on the bottle’s label, and Losey and his employees will often go to conventions and competitions in costume, dressed as Bloomery’s “cast of flavors.” Nicewarner described the time- and laborintensive process of making sweet shines. Locally-grown fruits, nuts and berries are made into syrups and blended with Kentucky moonshine. “We have it all brought in from Kentucky,

since West Virginia only allows 150 proof to be manufactured,” Nicewarner said. “Kentucky makes 190 proof, and with the process we go through, we need to start with a higher-proof alcohol because it gets diluted.” Nicewarner said each step of the procedure takes from three days to a few weeks. Each batch of sweet shine can take up to 12 weeks to go from farm to bottle. Losey said Bloomery Plantation Distillery grows as many ingredients as possible on-site. “We’re one of the first commercial lemongrowers on the East Coast,” he said. “We also grow ginger, which is actually more finicky than the lemons to grow in this climate. We have over an acre of rasperries, we have walnut trees and we grow pumpkins. Our peaches are locally-sourced from Martinsburg.” Losey said he strives to keep the process—and the products—as natural and farm-fresh as possible, with no added colors or artificial flavors. Bloomery’s sweet shines are available in West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Tennessee. Losey said one of the reasons the distillery was established in West Virginia is that state laws allowed for a tasting room. “West Virginia couldn’t be a better home for us. We absolutely love it here. Everybody has welcomed us, the municipal folks, the legislators and our clients. It’s a great tourism area, with a nice proximity to the Pennsylvania market, Frederick, Maryland, D.C. and Baltimore. I’m glad we’re here,” he said. Losey said the biggest challenge the distillery faces is keeping up with consumer demand. “Our numbers have been a blessing since we’ve been so well-accepted in this area. Every small business has challenges, and our biggest challenge to date has been making it fast enough to satisfy consumer demand,” Losey said. “I’ll take that as my challenge. If I’ve got to have a problem, I’ll take that one.” Losey thinks changes in beverage trends account for some of his success. He said throwback shows like “Mad Men,” set in 1960s New York City, and “House of Cards” have helped popularize cocktails by introducing them to the Millenial generation. Another shift in trends Losey mentioned is the sense of consumer conscientiousness and the leaning towards handmade and local products, especially in the Eastern Panhandle, where farmers’ markets and handmade craft shows abound. “With everybody wanting to know where their products come from and who made them, so many people want to know where their hamburger was raised,” Losey said. “They also want to know what they’re drinking, and here I can walk them out and show them where we grow it.” Bloomery Plantation Distillery is open for tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.

to 8 p.m., with live music performances from 6 p.m. to closing. To learn more about the establishment, including product information and where to purchase sweet shines, visit

SIMILAR LOCATIONS IN THE REGION INCLUDE Kirkwood LTS & Isaiah Morgan Distillery, located at 45 Winery Lane Phillips Run Road, Summersville, West Virginia. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays (closed Jan. 1 through March 31), the distillery offers tastings of wines and whiskeys produced at the site. For more information, visit or call 304-872-7332. A. Smith Bowman Distillery, located at 1 Bowman Drive, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The distillery is open Monday through Saturday, with tours departing each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Souvenirs, including homemade spirits, can be purchased at the gift shop. For more information, visit or call 540-373-4555. Catoctin Creek Distillery, located at 120 W. Main St., Purcellville, Virginia. Catoctin Creek also provides guided tours and takes reservations for events. For more information, visit, find them on Facebook, or call 540-751-8404. Belmont Farm Distillery, located at 13490 Cedar Run Road, Culpeper, Virginia. Belmont produces craft whiskeys and moonshines and offers $5 tastings and 20-minute guided tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call 540825-3207. Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine, located at 297 James Avenue, Gilbert, West Virginia. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The distillery sells hand-crafted 90 proof moonshine. For more information, visit or call 304-6642821. Heston Farm Winery & Pinchgut Hollow Distillery, located at 1602 Tulip Lane, Fairmont, West Virginia. Open MondaySaturday and 1-9 p.m. The establishment also offers French-style food, live music and other events, and can be reserved for weddings, reunions and other events. For more information, visit or call 304366-WINE. Smooth Ambler Spirits Distillery, located at 745 Industrial Park Road, Maxwelton, West Virginia. The tasting room offers samples of vodkas, gins, bourbons and whiskeys made from local ingredients from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call 304-497-3123.


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The museums of transportation in the Potomac River valley exhibits.” The terminal opened in September 2005 MARTINSBURG—The Potomac River and the museum cost about $70,000 to provalley has been the cradle of transportation duce. The museum was funded with grants development from the earliest days of from the Federal Aviation Administration American history—from Conestoga Wagons and the West Virginia Economic on the National Road to the first Class I rail- Development Authority. road in the nation, from mule-drawn boats Rogers has assembled numerous artifacts plying the C&O Canal to one of the oldest dating from the earliest years of aviation in airfields in the area. There are several muse- this area, such as a beacon light that used to ums and historic sites celebrating early trans- sit atop North Mountain. portation throughout this region. “And there’s the Billy Mitchell-signed propeller; it’s a miracle we still have it,” he PLANES said. Displayed across the walls of the lobby of In 1928, Gen. Billy Mitchell, known as the Howard-Burkhart Terminal at the Eastern the father of the U.S. Air Force, visited West Virginia Regional Airport and exhibit- Martinsburg and spoke to the Chamber of ed in glass cases is the history of the oldest Commerce. He presented his views on the continuously operating airport in the region future of aviation and autographed a wooden and West Virginia. airplane propeller, which is on display at the “When the terminal was built, we got museum. funding to put in a museum,” explained Bart Another interesting display in the museum Rodgers, the airport’s official historian. is part of the facade of the first structure built “Most of the material I had and we contract- at the airport. ed with an exhibit firm to produce the “It was the first real aviation building at exhibits and paintings. He refined the Shepherd Field,” Rogers said. “It was the


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The first designated airway, or flight path, from Washington to Dayton, Ohio, practically went directly over the Shepherd family farm. The Army was encouraging communities to locate emergency fields along the airway. The community got together to prepare the field to meet the government’s specifications and by early May, 1923, Shepherd Field was ready for inspection. Capt. St. Clair Streett, chief of the Army Airways Office, landed at Shepherd Field on June 17, 1923, accompanied by his flight mechanic, Sgt. Roy Hooe. Hooe was from Charles Town. He retired from the Air Force in 1950 and returned to Charles Town to serve as Chief of Police. Apparently, Shepherd Field passed inspection and the rest, as they say, is history. The stories of the people who figured largely in the development of aviation in this are told on the walls of the museum. Located at 170 Aviation Way, Martinsburg, the Howard-Burkhart Terminal Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and on special occasions for self-guided tours. More information about the history of the airport and aviation in Berkeley County is available at

Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park. At first, WM took care of the steam engine, but after it ceased to exist, the maintenance of the locomotive ended. It began to deteriorate. “It was in the late 1980s that John Long took over maintenance of it,” Junior Mason, Hagerstown’s parks and recreation superintendent, said. “He was a Western Maryland Railway enthusiast and he paid for the renovations. And after he died, his wife donated the locomotive and all the railroad artifacts he collected to the city.” According to published reports, in 1985, the city sold the locomotive to Long for $1. Over the course of 20 years, he spent countless hours and about $50,000 to refurbish and maintain the old No. 202. Long died in 2006 at the age of 89. The Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park opened in 2005 with the locomotive as its centerpiece. “It’s a nice piece of our history, a part of our history,” Mason said. “We also have several cabooses and we converted a little garage into a museum that was modeled on a railroad station. We have pump carts and two motorized service cars and lots of artifacts.” Some of the cabooses from the WM, Norfolk and Western and C&O railroads TRAINS have been restored and are open for inspecRailroad history in America begins with tion. The artifacts, such as the heavy tools the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which had used to work on the tracks and locomotives, a tremendous influence on the development are rotated. of communities along its path. And that path The displays and exhibits draw about took it through the Eastern Panhandle of 1,300 visitors a year, Mason said, including West Virginia along the Potomac River. many visitors from out of town. However, there were several short-line, The Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City local railroads that were constructed through- Park is located at 525 Highland Way in out the region during the time of the B&O’s Hagerstown. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 domination. One was the Western Maryland p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from April Railway, which was chartered in 1852. through October. It originally was to run from Baltimore to For more information, go to Hagerstown, Md., through Westminster, Md. or call It eventually was extended south from 301-739-8577, ext. 180. Hagerstown to Williamsport, Md., and then westward to the coal fields of western AUTOMOBILES Maryland and eastern West Virginia with The Washington County, Md., Rural offshoots into Pennsylvania. Heritage Museum celebrates rural transportaThe WM eventually was gobbled up by tion before the 1940s, featuring horse drawn the B&O and Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad buggies and carriages, including an authentic when they merged to form the Chessie Conestoga wagon; and bicycles, trucks and System in the mid-1960s. In 1973, when the automobiles manufactured in Hagerstown. absorption of the WM was complete by the The Rural Transportation Museum opened Chessie’s successor, CSX, most of the WM’s in 2013, according to Erin Overdorff of the rails were abandoned. Rural Heritage Museum, which is located at Before then, though, the railroad continued the Washington County Agricultural to operate as the Western Maryland Fast Education Center. Freight Line and up until 1952, steam loco“One of the anticipated star performers motive moved that freight. this year is a truck produced by the Mack The last of the WM’s road type steam Trucks Co. in 1926,” she said. “The 1926 locomotives was donated to the City of AB Model’s magnificent restoration was Hagerstown in 1953. The No. 201, a 1912 completed by Washington County resident Baldwin Locomotive, is on display at the Mack Hendershot.”

Hagerstown has been home to a Mack Trucks manufacturing plant since 1960. The museum also has several cars that were manufactured in Hagerstown in the early decades of the 20th century, including several versions of the Dagmar, a sports car produced by the Crawford Automobile Co., a tiny Pope-Tribune roadster and cars manufactured by the M.P Moller Car Co. “A 1910 Regal Taxi owned by the Washington County Historical Society was the first automobile to serve as a taxi in Hagerstown is on display,” Overdorff said. “The Regal Touring Car built by the Regal Motor Co. of Detroit was a windowless automobile that offered paying passengers an open-air ride to their destination.” The museum houses several bicycles, including high-wheel cycles, and motorized bicycles from the pre-1920 era that were produced by Harley-Davidson and Indian. There also is a replica of a rural repair shop that has been reconstructed in the museum. “This garage, inspired by the Hammond’s Garage of Hagerstown features many original tools and gears from the now closed establishment,” Overdorff said. “Members of the Hammond family were instrumental in the construction of this exhibit and donated many items from the original building that was a functional business starting in 1931.” The Rural Transportation Museum is part of a complex of museums that showcase rural life in the early 1900s. Also at the site is the Rural Heritage Village and Farmstead that includes reconstructed log homes, a doctor’s office, blacksmith shop, church, country store, gardens and many more attractions. Living history activities are offered during the season. The ag center and Rural Heritage Museum are located at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike between Hagerstown and Sharpsburg, Md. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, although the museum recommends calling before making the trip to avoid any inconveniences. Call 240-420-1714 for more information or go to BOATS The Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Md., is about the half-way point of the 184.5-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. It was a major stop and turn-around for canal boats as they traveled between Georgetown, D.C., and Cumberland, Md. Today, it is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and a major local tourist attraction for not only its access to the canal’s outdoor recreational opportunities, See MUSEUMS, Page 46

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at 301-223-7010. More local museums and galleries Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 304-535-6029 Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Shepherd University 213 N. King St. Shepherdstown, WV 25443 (304)876-5670 The Entler Hotel Historic Shepherdstown Museum, featuring a replica of James Rumsey’s steam-powered boat 129 E. German St. Shepherdstown, WV 25443 304-876-0910 The Bridge Gallery 8566 Shepherdstown Pike Shepherdstown, WV 25443 304-876-2300 Jefferson County Museum Old Charles Town Library corner Washington and Samuel streets Charles Town, WV 25414 304-725-8628 Over the Mountain Studio Tour Nov. 7 and 8 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center 799 Washington St. Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 304-535-6331 John Brown Wax Museum 168 High St. Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 304-535-6342 The Ice House Independence & Mercer streets Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 304-258-2300 The Museum of the Berkeley Springs 2nd floor Roman Bath House

Berkeley Springs State Park Fairfax and Wilkes streets Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 1-800-447-8797 Berkeley Springs State Park No. 2 S. Washington St. Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 304-258-2711 1-800-CALL WVA Cacapon State Park Nature Center 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 304-258-1022 1-800-CALL WVA Frog Valley Artisans, Ltd. 82 Powerline Lane Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 304-258-3541 Berkeley Springs Studio Tour May 23 & 24 Oct. 24 & 25 81 B N. Washington St. Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 304-258-0066 The Arts Centre 300 W. King St. Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-263-0224. Berkeley Art Works Berkeley Arts Council 116 N. Queen St. Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-620-7277 The Queen Street Gallery 213 N. Queen St. Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-263-9495 Trails and Trees Studio Tour Nov. 7 and 8 c/o 393 Big Park Road Hedgesville, WV 25427 304-754-6643 Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle c/o Crim de la Crim See MUSEUMS, Page 48

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Smithsonian The Smithsonian includes nine museums and galleries 1000 Jefferson Drive SW Washington, DC 20004 202-633-1000

Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 888-639-7386

Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum 203 Amity St., Baltimore, MD 21201-2501 410-396-7932

United States Capitol Capitol Visitor Center Washington, DC 20510 202-226-8000

Fell’s Point Maritime Museum 1724 Thames St. Baltimore, MD 21231 410-732-0278

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington, DC 20024 202-488-0400 Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016 202-537-6200 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 202-456-7041 Museums and galleries in Baltimore

Library of Congress 101 Independence Ave. SE Washington, DC 20540 202-707-5000

American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230-3940 410-244-1900

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum 1001 F St. NW Washington, DC 20004 202-942-7300

Babe Ruth Birthplace & Orioles Museum 216 Emory St. Baltimore, MD 21230-2203 410-727-1539

National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20408 866-272-6272

Baltimore Basilica Cathedral and Mulberry streets Baltimore, MD 21201 410-727-3565

National Gallery of Art 6th and Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20565 202-737-4215

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum 901 West Pratt St. (at Poppleton St.) Baltimore, MD 21223-2699 410-752-2490

National Geographic Museum 1145 17th St. NW Washington, DC 20036 202-857-7588

Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218-3898 443-573-1700

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (history of pop culture) Camden Station (above Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards) 301 W. Camden St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-625-7060 Jewish Museum of Maryland 15 Lloyd St. Baltimore, MD 21202-4606 410-732-6400 Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Collection 129 Gilman Hall 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 - 2608 410)-516-7556 Maryland Science Center & Davis Planetarium 601 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21230 - 3803 410-685-2370 Mother Seton House (first American-born Catholic saint) 600 N. Paca St. Baltimore, MD 21201 - 1995 410-523-3443 National Aquarium in Baltimore Pier III, Baltimore Inner Harbor 501 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202-3103 410-576-3800 Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture 830 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202 443-263-1800 See MUSEUMS, Page 50

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Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards Camden Station 301 W. Camden St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-727-1539

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & 1812 Museum, 844 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202 - 4403 410-837-1793 Top-of-the-World Observation Level & Museum World Trade Center 401 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202 - 3117 410-837-8439 USS Constellation Pier 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor 301 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202 - 3110 410-539-4018 Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201-5185 410-547-9000 Washington Monument & Museum Mount Vernon Place 699 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201-5185 410-396-7931 Museums and galleries in Maryland Carroll County Farm Museum 500 S. Center St. Westminster, MD 21157 410-876-2667, 800-654-4645 Barbara Fritchie House and Museum 154 W. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701 301-698-8992 Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station 2711 Maryland Ave. Ellicott City, MD 21043 410-461-1945 United State Naval Academy 121 Blake Road

Annapolis, MD 21402 410-293-1000 National Road Maryland Scenic Byway Maryland Office of Tourism Development 877-263-4673 Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St. Frederick, MD 21701 301-698-0656

110 Key St. Hagerstown, MD 21741 301-739-8393 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts City Park Hagerstown, MD 21741 301-739-5727

Clara Barton National Historic Site 5801 Oxford Road (at MacArthur Boulevard) Glen Echo, MD 20812 - 1201 Mount Olivet Cemetery, Francis Scott Key 301-492-6245 Memorial and grave 515 S. Market St. Frederick, Md. 21701 Glen Echo Park 301-662-1164, 888-662-1164 7300 MacArthur Blvd. at Goldsboro Road Glen Echo, MD 20812 - 1201 301-492-6229 George Alfred Townsend Museum & War Correspondents Arch Gathland State Park Canal Place Burkittsville, MD 21718 13 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath 301-791-4656 Cumberland, MD 21502 301-722-8226 gathland.asp Washington Monument State Park Middletown, MD 21769 301-791-4767 hington.asp

College Park Aviation Museum 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive College Park, MD 20740 301-864-6029

National Museum of Civil War Medicine 48 E. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701 301-695-1864

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Ferry Hill Plantation 16500 Shepherdstown Pike Sharpsburg, MD 21782 301-582-0813 National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 333 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg, MD 21727 301-447-6606 Roger Brooke Taney Home & Francis Scott Key Museum 121 S. Bentz St. Frederick, MD 21701 301-663-7880 Jonathan Hager House & Museum City Park

Hagerstown Aviation Museum 14235 Oak Springs Road Hagerstown, MD 21742 301-733-8717 Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum 296 S. Burhans Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-739-4665 Mansion House Art Center The Valley Art Association 501 Highland Way Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-797-6813 See MUSEUMS, Page 52

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Miller House Museum Washington County Historical Society 135 W. Washington St. Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-797-8782 r-house.php Ripken Museum 3 W. Bel Air Ave. Aberdeen, MD 21001 410-273-2525 Museums and galleries in Virginia Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society’s museums George Washington’s Office 18th Century Valley Cabin Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Abram’s Delight Hollingsworth Mill 540-662-6519 Handley Regional Library/Stewart Bell Archives 100 W. Piccadilly St. Winchester, VA 22601 540-662-9041, ext. 17 Patsy Cline Historic House 608 S. Kent St. Winchester, VA 22601 540-662-5555 Lee Chapel and Museum Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA 24450 540-458-8768 State Arboretum of Virginia UVA Blandy Experimental Farm 400 Blandy Farm Lane Boyce, VA 22620 540-837-1758 Alexandria Archaeology Museum 105 N. Union Street, #327 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-746-4399 Alexandria Black History Museum 902 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-746-4356 Arlington National Cemetery U.S. Army Arlington, VA 22211 877-907-8585 Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial 321 Sherman Drive Fort Myer, VA 22211 703-235-1530 The Black Heritage Museum 3108 Columbia Pike, Mezzanine Arlington VA 22204 703-271-8700 Luray Valley Museum, Car & Carriage Museum at Luray Caverns 101 Cave Hill Road Luray, VA 22835 540-743-6551 Burwell-Morgan Mill 15 Tannery Lane Millwood, VA 22646 540-837-1799 Cyrus McCormick’s Farm 128 McCormick’s Farm Circle Raphine, VA 24472 540-377-2255

804-224-1732 The George Washington Masonic National Memorial 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA 22301 703-683-2007 Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum 21668 Heritage Farm Lane Sterling, VA 20164 571-258-3800 Long Branch Plantation 830 Long Branch Lane Millwood, VA 22646 540-837-1856 James Madison University Mineral Museum Dr. Lance E. Kearns, Curator Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences MSC 6903 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 22807 540-568-6421 The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum 201 S. Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314 703-746-4994

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia 1290 Richmond Ave. Staunton, VA 24401 540-332-7850

Morven Park 17263 Southern Planter Lane Leesburg, VA 20176 703-777-6034

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 134 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA 22314 703-746-4242

George Washington’s Mount Vernon 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway Alexandria, VA 22121 703-780-2000

George C. Marshall Foundation Museum Virginia Military Institute VMI Parade Lexington, VA 24450 540-463-7103

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley 901 Amherst St Winchester, VA 22601 540-662-1473

George Washington Birthplace National Monument 1732 Popes Creek Road Washington’s Birthplace, VA 224435115

Newtown History Center of The Stone House Foundation 5408 Main Street Stephens City, VA 22655-0143 540-869-1700, 540-869-7102 See MUSEUMS, Page 54

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Local recreational trails offer fun, exercise


MARTINSBURG — The opportunity to get outside and hit the trails in the Eastern Panhandle may be more abundant than residents may believe. From the nature paths in Harpers Ferry to the 11-mile W.Va. 9 paved trail, the Eastern Panhandle is ripe with opportunity to enjoy a summer’s day outside, either for a relaxing walk or vigorous run. Bill Yearout, founder of the Eastern Panhandle Trailblazers, said the area is not known for having a lot of hiking and biking places, but the area has a lot to offer, especially for kids and parents. With at least seven different trails to explore, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park has about 20 miles of hiking trails. The trails vary from easy 30-minute walks to five-hour hikes, showcasing local scenery and historic battlefields. At about 11 miles, the W.Va. 9 trail, also known as the Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail, offers individuals and families the opportunity to set their own pace and distance to run, walk or bike in Berkeley County. The trail is maintained by the Eastern Panhandle Trailblazers. In addition to maintenance, the Trailblazers’ mission is to promote existing outdoor recreational activities to residents and to continuously expand the current network of trails throughout the tri-state area. While the overall goal is to create a connected network of trails from Harpers Ferry to Berkeley Springs, about 80 miles total, the group’s current focus is on enhancing trail and biking opportunities in


Martinsburg. “If you really want to get a community hiking and biking, you have to make it easy. The Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail can accommodate a wide range of users and it’s used seven days a week, but it’s lack of allure is you have to pack up and go to it,” Yearout said. With easy access and available parking— two of the biggest obstacles to overcome— the group is working to enhance the city’s parks so nearby neighborhoods and residents can have accessible trails that can familyfriendly walking, running, hiking and cycling. Utilizing everything from existing pathways to “goat paths,” Yearout and the Trailblazers are working to connect local parks, including War Memorial Park, P.O. Faulkner Park, Charlotte Prather Park, Oatesdale Park and Poor House Farm Park, to increase recreational and health benefits for residents. In addition to expanding trails, the Trailblazers are also working to enhance the trail through landscaping and features like benches. “If you really want to get a community hiking and biking, you have to make it easy. I think that’s sort of a built in challenge because it’s going to be a while until we’re looking to have everything that we want. But if you look around, you can pull it off. You can find some good things to do,” Yearout said. ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL TRAILS IN THE REGION INCLUDE The C & O Canal Trail, with access point in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and West

Virginia, offers more than 184 miles of trail for hikers, joggers, cyclists, birdwatchers and horseback riders. With picturesque landscape views, the trail is open year-round during daylight hours. With 45 miles of paved trails and 32 miles of gravel trail, the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, in Loudoun County, Va., offers both urban and countryside views for bikers, hikers, runners and horseback riding. The trail is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beginning in Hancock, Maryland, the Western Maryland Rail Trail boasts 22 miles of paved paths ideal for families and amateur cyclists. Opened in 1998, with new additions in 2002, the trail is open yearround for hiking, biking, inline skating and cross country skiing. The Mount Vernon Trail, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, features 18 miles of paved pathways. With multiple available trails, visitors can choose to stick to the scenic route or follow the path to Old Town Alexandria to finish the trail with some entertainment. In McLean, Virginia, the Scott’s Run Nature Preserve has four miles of trails, offering hikers a variety of natural scenery, including a waterfall, woodlands, river views and wildflower meadows. The park is open year-round. With 10 different trail options, Great Falls Park, located in McLean, Virginia, features day-long excursions for hikers, climbers and bikers, with trails ranging from easy to hard. The park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk, and has a $5 charge per vehicle and a $3 charge per biker and hiker.


Oatlands Plantation 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175 703-777-3174

Reston Historic Trust & Museum 1639 Washington Plaza Reston, VA 20190 703-709-7700

Old Court House Civil War Museum 20 N. Loudoun St. Winchester, VA 22601 540-542-1145 P. Buckley Moss Museum 150 P. Buckley Moss Drive Waynesboro, VA 22980 540-949-6473, 800-343-8643

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, VA 20151 202-633-1000 Stonewall Jackson House

8 E. Washington St. Lexington, VA 24450 540-463-2552 The Strasburg Museum 440 E. King St. Strasburg, VA 22657 540-465-3175 Sully Historic Site Fairfax County Government 3650 Historic Sully Way Chantilly, VA 20151 703-437-1794

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