Museum to open transportation building

March 29, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold a grand opening celebration of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum and 13th annual spring open house.

The events will occur at the museum at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The museum will host a one-of-a-kind transportation artifact display, including two surviving, Hagerstown-built Dagmar automobiles and Crawford bicycles, Dahlgren Carriages, Pope Tribune automobiles and an Astor Taxi-Cab.

Other activities will include high-wheel bikes in action, barrel-train rides and 4-H Youth Development crafts for children.

Visitors can also see live demos, including “Firing up the ‘T’” and “Retracting the Retractable.”

Local antique car clubs and the Washington County Antique Tractor Club will provide exhibits.

Admission to the event is free, but donations to help fund museum activities are appreciated.

Light refreshments will be served in the main museum building.


For more information call 240-420-1714, send an email to or go to

Sharpsburg churches to hold sunrise service

Sharpsburg churches will celebrate Easter sunrise at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

The Rev. Karen Erskine-Valentine from Holy Trinity Lutheran will bring the message.

Music and readings will be part of the service.

The event was chaired for many years by the late William Poffenberger and is now chaired by his daughter, Lisa Drake. The event has been held for more than 50 years. The public is invited.

Brugh to conduct walking tour of town

Historian Mark Brugh will discuss the effects of the Battle of Antietam on local citizens as part of a walking tour of Sharpsburg on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m.

The 1 1/2-hour tour will start at Sharpsburg Town Hall as part of the meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The tour is free and open to the public.

For more information call 301-992-3122 or send an email to

Boy Scouts to sell flowers

Sharpsburg Boy Scout Troop 51 will sell Easter flowers at Sharpsburg Square Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ruritan to hold community yard sale

District 12 Ruritan in Fairplay will host a community indoor/outdoor yard sale Saturday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tilghmanton Woods on Manor Church Road. Vendors are sought for the yard sale. 

Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.  

To reserve a space, call 301-582-3460.

St. Mark’s to hold  chili cook-off and auction

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, at 18313 Lappans Road, will hold a chili cook-off and auction Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the parish hall. 

Bring a crock pot full of your favorite chili and let the judges determine one winner and the guests determine the People’s Choice winner. 

In addition to tasting chili, there will be appetizers and desserts.

Attendees can bid on many items available at the silent auction. 

Admission costs $5 per person (free for children younger than 4).

Proceeds will benefit the summer youth mission trip.

For more information, call 301-582-0417.

St. Mark’s to host Easter vigil Saturday

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lappans, will host the regional Easter vigil Saturday at 5 p.m. in Dorsey Hall of the Fellowship Center.

Bishop Joe Burnett will be the celebrant and preacher.

St. Mark’s is at 18313 Lappans Road.

Ruritan to hold breakfast  April 6

The Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, April 6, from 6 to 11 a.m. at the Brownsville Church of the Brethren.

Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for those ages 6 to 12 and are free for those younger than 6.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. Country ham sandwiches will be available for sale.

Proceeds will benefit club service projects. 

Drennen to speak at senior center

Martha Drennen will teach a class titled “Salt and Sodium: 10 Tips to Help You Cut Back” on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Southeastern Senior Center in Keedysville.

Sandy Ferris will conduct exercise classes Wednesday and Marcia Davies will lead exercise classes Friday.

The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Drennen at 301-432-5624.

Museum to offer rug hooking class

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold a rug hooking class at Washington County Agricultural Education Center Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

Tickets cost $20 per person. Advance registration is required by April 8.

Learn the technique of rug hooking in the two-part class. The project is an 8-inch-by-8-inch square.

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