The history and culture of Burkittsville is closely tied to its location in the Middletown Valley of central Maryland. The valley is formed by two mountains of the Blue Ridge which extend for 25 miles from the Potomac River north to the Mason-Dixon Line where they continue in a northeast course through Pennsylvania. The valley was a conduit for trade and settlement among European colonists beginning in the early-eighteenth century. For a time, South Mountain marked the boundary between Provincial Maryland and lands still held by indigenous Native American Indian cultures. Most importantly for Burkittsville, the valley's fertile lands, well watered by springs and offering plentiful timber stands, lured large numbers of German immigrants who began settling here in the mid-eighteenth century.
There are several historic towns and villages across the Middletown Valley and they are all rich with history. The valley has been host to Civil War engagements, agricultural and technological advancements, literary and artistic pursuits, and many, many unique and intriguing stories.
South Mountain Heritage Society is fortunate to be joined by several other organizations which are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the cultural heritage of the Middletown Valley. We encourage you to visit the links below and support these institutions.
Museums and Historical Organizations:
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Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Burkittsville