Upcoming Events in 2020
Visit South Mountain Heritage Society on the first Saturday of the months April through September from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to tour the historic Resurrection Reformed Church and explore the history of Burkittsville through our permanent and special exhibits. In 2020, we will be offering a special exhibit featuring the medical history of the village, including the many doctors who practiced in the town as well as nurses, public health officials, and physicians who were born here.
Makin' Hay 10K Run
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, join hundreds of runners on a course through some of the best preserved rural landscapes of the lower Middletown Valley at the fourth annual Makin' Hay 10K run. This signature event and fundraiser for the heritage society takes place at the beautiful Catoctin Creek Nature Center on Sumantown Road where registration and parking are sited as well as the start and finish of the course. Runners use historic roads which take them through the village of Broad Run and over two historic truss bridges crossing the Catoctin Creek. More information and registration is available here >
Gigantic Used-Book Sale
A community favorite, South Mountain Heritage Society's museum transforms into a bookshop each Saturday during the month of October for our annual Gigantic Used-Book Sale. The heritage society accepts donations of books throughout the year (place your contributions in the bin provided on the museum's back patio). Thousands of books of all genres are skillfully organized and available at great prices for this fundraising event. On the last week of the sale, books are sold by the bag for just $10.00! Stop in and fill your bookshelves while supporting the preservation and interpretation of the historic village of Burkittsville.
Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run
The eighth annual running of South Mountain Heritage Society's renowned Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Participants in this run take a course throughout the historic Main Street and alleys of Burkittsville, ascending the fields where the Battle of South Mountain took place in 1862, and making loops through the scenic Boordy Vineyards, Distillery Lane Ciderworks Orchards, and the historic Burkittsville Union Cemetery. This event is a signature SMHS fundraiser and your support is greatly appreciated. Visit the Spook Hill 4 Mile Run site to learn more and register for this year's event >
Museums by Candlelight
Each December, South Mountain Heritage Society participates in Frederick County's Museums by Candlelight event which offers visitors the chance to tour over a dozen historic sites and museums across the county all beautifully decorated for the holidays and offering special programs. Stop in to hear carols played on the museum's historic 1850s pipe organ and explore the exhibits in the splendor of traditional holiday trimmings and candlelight! There are always great refreshments and a children's craft as well.
New Year's Eve Bell Ringing
Since the 1870s, Burkittsville residents and friends from all over have gathered together on New Year's Eve to literally "ring in" the New Year by ringing the historic church bells in the tower of the South Mountain Heritage Society and neighboring St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The museum will open at 11:30 pm on Thursday, December 31 for folks to gather and enjoy light refreshments before we take to the towers to ring in the year at midnight! All are welcome to take part in this special Burkittsville tradition.