Upcoming Events in 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SMHS programs have been suspended or modified for virtual engagement.
Out of safety for our patrons, volunteers, and community, South Mountain Heritage Society is presently closed. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidelines of our local, state, and federal officials. When it is deemed safe, we will re-open for our museum days. The 2020 Gigantic Used-Book Sale has been canceled.
Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run
This year marks the eight annual Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile Run, our acclaimed running event that draws participants from across the country. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Spook Hill Run will be done virtually. Visit the Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 Mile website to learn how to register and participate in this year's modified 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.