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South Mountain Spring Fest and Trail

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Hagerstown, Md. (April 15, 2014) – The Washington County Office of Agricultural Business Development, is pleased to invite the community to join the South Mountain Spring Festival and Trail April 26-27. Throughout the weekend, local businesses will be feature tours, refreshments and activities for the entire family in the Boonsboro, Rohrersville, Knoxville, Jefferson, Middletown, Brownsville and Burkittsville and Gathland State Park areas.

Participating Businesses include:

  • Caprikorn Farms Artisan Goat Cheese, 20312 Townsend Road, Gapland, Md.

Caprikorn Farms raises award winning Saanen dairy goats. Stop by and sample the awesome goat cheeses.  Visit the petting paddock where your kids can meet “our kids”. In addition to touring the goat milking facility, you can try your hand at milking a goat.  We will also be selling grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.

  • Van Gilder Pottery, 20834 Townsend Road, Gapland, Md.

Van Gilder Pottery is a working pottery and contemporary craft gallery in a restored barn atop South Mountain.  Visit and enjoy a unique shopping experience.

  • Monica’s Sugar Studio, 19490 Garrett’s Mil Road, Knoxville, Md.

Monica combines her artistic talents with her baking expertise to create made from scratch confections that taste as good as they look – from exquisitely decorated cakes with hand-made sugar pasted flowers to sinfully delicious coconut cream pies.  Stop by for dessert.  She has cookies, cupcakes, tarts, pies, apple dumplings, cheese cake and more. 

  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks, 5533 Gapland Road, Jefferson, Md.

We know hard cider. Our handcrafted ciders are naturally tart, aromatic and never sweet.  With over 3000 trees nestled at the base of South Mountain, in late April our blooms rival the Cherry Blossom Festival.  In addition to cider tastings we will have beekeeping demonstrations, guided orchard tours and for the kids, a Junior Orchardist Scavenger Hunt. 

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery, 8546 Pete Wiles Road, Middletown, Md.

We are Maryland’s premier meadery, specializing in honey-wines.  Enjoy our meticulous re-creation of some old recipes.  Our picturesque view is the perfect complement to our wine tasting of both meads and merlots.

  • Elk Mountain Trails, 921 Hoffmaster Road, Knoxville, Md.

Come meet our horses – including the rare and unusual Gypsy Vanners.  Free pony rides for children age 6+.  Also enjoy a trail ride on horseback through the Blue Ridge Mountains or on the banks of the Potomac River along the C&O Canal past the antiquated locks and lock houses of yesteryear, through a wilderness abundant with deer, birds and wildlife.  Reservations are recommended for the trail rides.

For more information please contact Rhonda at  For those in the agriculture community interested in more information contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at: 301-432-4782 or

100 W Washington St., Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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