A tour of 8 historic homes and gardens and the Historical Society headquarters in the Smithsburg, MD, area on June 13, 2015, will benefit restoration of the town hall tower to its historic 1890s appearance. The tour includes perennial gardens, historic homes in the town, a former grist mill in Edgemont, and a unique carnivorous plant nursery.
Tickets ($15.00) and information are available on the day of the tour at the Smithsburg Historical Society, 20 E. Water Street. Advance tickets are available in Smithsburg. For more information, see www.smithsburgtower.com or call the Historical Society to contact a committee member.
Nestled along the mountains east of Hagerstown, the picturesque Smithsburg area boasts beautiful views of farms, orchards, and the nearby mountain topped by the Appalachian Trail. There are gently curved rails where freight trains rumble thru the town and head up along the mountain toward the east. Local schools, the town hall, and several shops and a restaurant are on a pleasant walk around the village. Six of the properties on the tour are in this walking area near the Historical Society’s tiny headquarters, a masonry building dating from 1836. Then drive thru orchards and along the railroad to the grist mill, now converted to a scenic and rustic retreat. And then to the exotic plants in the greenhouse and bog garden at the Carnivorous Plant Nursery for another unusual gardening experience.