Carroll County Farm Museum

BEHIND THE SCENES

July 12, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To foster the preservation and appreciation of Carroll County's rural culture and to educate the public about the life of the 19th-century farm family through exhibitions, demonstrations, living history camps and guided tours of a family farmhouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a springhouse and flower garden. The museum also features a buggy collection, one of the first rural mail wagons, a fish pond fed by a working windmill, farm tools and machinery, and farm animals. The museum is home to the annual Maryland Wine Festival.

Latest accomplishment: The farm museum recently received the Tourism Award from the Carroll County Economic Development Commission. And in 1997, the Maryland Wine Festival was named one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association - only one of two events in Maryland to be named to that list.

On the horizon: The reconstruction of a peg and post barn that was disassembled and moved to the museum from a nearby farm. The work is being completed by craftsmen from the Amish community. The Maryland Wine Festival takes place Sept. 19-20, and Fall Harvest Days are Oct. 3-4.

About the CCFM: Membership: 100 households. Attendance: 100,000 annually. Operating budget: $525,000. Endowment: $25,000.

Where and when: 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. weekends through Oct. 25; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday in July and August. Call 410-848-7775 or 800-654-4645.

Jayne Dattilio, president of the Board of Directors: "I'm looking forward to the completion of the peg and post barn. ... It will provide us with additional room to teach schoolchildren about life in rural areas around the turn of the century. And I am always interested in continued landscaping efforts on the grounds. We have a lovely, old-fashioned rose garden, as well as perennial and annual gardens."

Members of the Board

Joe Brown

John Carbaugh

John Crowl

Donald I. Dell

Jim Emerick

Donald Fleming

David Greene

George Grier

Donald Klein

Conrad LeGore

Robert Morris

William Myers

Larry Shipley

Allen Stiles

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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