Just Announced! The Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail Will Be Sponsoring Mason and Dixon Day at the Mary Penn!

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Experience a day in the life of colonial PA & MD in the 1760’s!

Join the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail for the first annual Mason and Dixon Day at the Mary Penn (9 am – 4 pm)

This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the Mason Dixon Line in this location.

“Walk about the Mary–Penn B&B and you will move from Pennsylvania to Maryland and back to Pennsylvania. That the Mary–Penn straddles the border of two states is undoubtedly its most unique and historical feature. Its location was not intentional, however. An early settler by the name of John McKinley simply built a house sometime in 1743 on land deeded to him in an area referred to as Transylva or Transylvania — which is thought to mean “through the forest.” Between August 30 and September 4, 1763, the surveyor Mason and Dixon traveled through this part of Adams County marking the Pennsylvania–Maryland border. Their notes read, “At 78 miles, 6 chains [from the starting point in Delaware] crossed Rock Creek .running south. 2 chains to south of where we crossed Rock Creek, Marsh Creek joins it.” On August 24 they noted, “Passed John McKinley’s house and crossed Marsh Creek.” When their survey was complete, it was found that about two-thirds of the house is in Pennsylvania and the other third in Maryland.”

House Tours, demonstrations, re-enactments, wine, hard cider and beer tastings, delicious food and fun for the whole family!
Free lawn concert featuring Down by the Glenside, 7-10pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Family friendly. Dinner, wine, hard cider, beer* available during the concert.

Follow announcements on Mason and Dixon Day at the Mary Penn Facebook page for the latest updates and announcements!

* As per PLCB guidelines, no outside alcohol will be permitted on the premises.  All coolers and containers will be subject to inspection.

Discover a Hidden Treasure This Holiday Season

Not far off the beaten path is a lovely little farm where the perfect tree waits for you..

Nestled in beautiful Buchanan Valley, in Orrtanna, PA,  under a wide expanse of sky, surrounded by the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


It is really breathtaking…….

DSC03541The hours are during the daylight so it is easy to find.  Just a short drive from Gettysburg, which, if you come that way, you will pass through a beautiful,winding road called the “Narrows” by all the locals.DSC03531

 From points west, you would take Route 30 to Route 234.  DSC03544

So worth it in the quest for the best tree, ever.  The tree farm sits just a quarter mile back from 234 on a lovely little gravel drive.  Signs dot the entrance, marked “Christmas Trees”.


A cute little shed sits back from the drive.  This is where you can find everything you need in your search for the perfect tree.  Do you need it cut and wrapped?  No problem!  Free drilling and baling available, too!  (The smiles are free.)

DSC03548What could be better than a fluffy Frazier or a dreamy Douglas fir?  Pre-cut or cut your own.  All for just $30. 


DSC03551DSC03550Did you know that It can take 5 or 6 years to grow a tree 6-8 foot tall?  The work is hard; there are years of shaping and weeding and dealing with disease and pest issues.  Most of us don’t give this a second thought when we go in search of a tree to celebrate the season.  As we support our local businesses like this we help our farmers keep farming. It helps them to continue to provide quality products like these beautiful Christmas trees as well as gorgeous fruit and vegetables to our families all around the South Mountain Region.



Create a new family tradition or continue one-the holidays are magical time and a great opportunity to discover the beautiful South Mountain Region.


Timeless Treasures of the South Mountain Region, Part 2

   Did you know Thomas Jefferson was also a founding father of the Fuji apple?
Thomas Jefferson is not only a founding father of the United States, he’s also known for his love of food—in fact, he was responsible for America’s first ice cream and some of its first pasta. And he helped bring the popular Fuji apple to the United States;  as the story goes, Edmund Charles Genet, French minister to the United States in the 1790s, gave Thomas Jefferson a gift of apple cuttings that Jefferson donated to a Virginia nursery, which then cultivated a variety of apple known as the “Ralls Genet.”

In 1939, Japanese apple breeders crossed the genes from the classic Red Delicious apple variety with that of Jefferson’s Ralls Genet, resulting in the omnipresent Fuji apple.

Today, in our South Mountain Region,  you can find the popular Fuji as well as lesser known varieties like the Winter Banana.  There are two major processing companies in the area; Knouse Foods and Cadbury.  They manufacture a variety of fruit products, such as apple sauce, pie filling, apple juice, and specialty fruit products. About 35% of the apples harvested here are produced for fresh market, while 65% are used for processed products, including canned, juice and cider.

Pennsylvania has a long history of growing quality apples and is the fourth largest producer in the country. From Adams County in southern PA to Erie County in the northwest, you’ll find growers who are working fifth, sixth, and even seventh generation farms, producing both commercial favorite varieties, like Gala and Red Delicious, and not so popular but equally delicious varieties, like Smokehouse, Pippen and Pitmaston Pineapple.


Apples are such a big part of life here in Adams County, there are huge festivals  dedicated to them. The Apple Blossom Festival held in the Spring, was started more than 49 years ago by the Adams County Fruitgrower’s Association after having successfully run “Apple Blossom Sunday” since the early 1950’s.  In 1961, the Apple Harvest Festival was born.  50 years later, as it has evolved,  guests continue to enjoy tours of orchards in the region and learn about the art of apple growing and harvesting. Apples and apple products are for sale throughout the event. Other foods, including traditional country fair fare, are also for sale at the festival. In addition, there is music, demonstrations and of course sweet cider, hard cider  and even apple wine tastings.

To learn more about this annual family event, visit here.


Timeless Treasures of the South Mountain Region of PA, Part I

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Looks cozy, doesn’t it? Not long ago, this little tavern was named the “Hirem Trostle House”.

Early in the Revolutionary War period, seven German families, from Northhampton County, Pa. immigrated to this area, attracted by the beauty of the territory and the rich soil. In 1780, Jacob Arendt bought 180 acres from John Goudy (son of William Goudy) for 7000 pounds and began farming. About 1790, Jacob retired from farming and built a log house next to the log school along the Shippensburg Road and went into the tavern business. The tavern, built on a steep hill, had a walk-in basement constructed over a spring. The spring was later capped. From 1790 to 1796, Jacob Arendt was licensed to operate this tavern.
In 1802, Jacob died at the age of 72. In his will he made provision that his wife should:
“have the privilege of living in the Spring House, where we now dwell, on the land hereinafter devised to my son Peter, also two cows, two sheep, two beds and bedding, one stove, one chest, and asuch of the kitchen and cupboard furniture as she may think necessary for herself, also my large Bible and prayer book and one other large book. . .”
The will also stipulated that “my two sons Peter and John shall open and keep a lane of 8 feet wide between the stakes along the line between them at their mutual expense, and between their houses to the big field on John’s part of the land next to Martin Minters. . . .”
John Arendt bought 40 acres at a sheriff’s sale in 1789 for the sum of 5 shillings lawful money of Pennsylvania. He called it “John’s Pursuit” in the patent deed, in obedience to the custom of naming estates in those days. This tract was situated in the area, south from Main St. to Beecherstown Road and the east side of Gettysburg St. to the Conewago Creek. But it was not patented until the 14th day of August, 1810.
In 1797, John took over his father’s tavern. He entered politics in 1803 and was elected as the first Adams County Coroner from 1803 to 1806, Adams County now being formed and separated in 1800 from York County. At age 35, in 1804, he married Barbara Knauss, daughter of Francis Knauss, who built the first grist-mill on the site of the former Arendtsville Roller Mill. From 1807 to 1810, he was an Adams County Commissioner, and in 1808, he was on a committee for the Federal Constitutional Republicans to nominate James Ross for Governor of Pennsylvania, (however Ross was defeated). Also in 1808, John Arendt built an imposing two-story brick house and tavern, or as he called it when applying for a tavern license “house of public entertainment,” directly across the road from his father’s home and tavern. The John Arendt home is still standing today.John Arendt continued to apply for a tavern license until 1817 but stopped at that time because he was elected the 7th Adams County Sheriff and as sheriff, could not hold a tavern license. Peter Aughenbaugh operated the tavern for John approximately eight years until 1825.

John Arendt died in 1826 at the age of 57, leaving his real estate and other property to his wife, Barbara. They had no children and so, according to John’s will, when his widow died, Peter’s children would inherit the estate. Barbara Arendt remarried in 1827, to Jacob Keckler. They lived in the tavern house and on several occasions Jacob Keckler sigend the application for a tavern license.
By 1820, several favorite meeting places had come into existence. These were the Bluebaugh, the John Bushey and the Thomas Good taverns near the foot of the “Narrows”. No doubt the drinks served in these places came from the distillery operated by Andrew Bittinger, whose property was located in this vicinity.

An Adams County map of 1858 shows eight lots with brick houses. The Zion Lutheran and Reformed Church was built on the site of the first log school. Two taverns, the Bear Hotel (the residence of John M. Jacobs family) and the I. Byers Hotel (the original John Arendt tavern, were shown on the 1858 map. J. F. Lower store and residence (Kuykendall’s Market), and the parsonage on N. High St. home of Rev George Roth were also shown on the map of 1858.

On Main St. (called Chambersburg St. as late as 1865) there were the shops of Lewis Wolff, shoemaker, George Thomas, carpenter and Reeder’s carriage shop and a blacksmith shop. Dr. Brenneman resided in the present Dr. J. L. Boyer property and Plank and Spangler had a store at the site of Kuykendall’s Market. The Bear Hotel and the Malaum tavern (the original Jacob Arendt tavern) were still in existence at this time.

The community prospered in the period after the Civil War largely because of the charcoal and lumber industries. At the time when ore was being mined at Pine Grove Furnace, thousands of trees were cut in the vicinity of Arendtsville and made into charcoal which was hauled by wagon to Pine Grove. At times the hot logs would burst into flames en route and would have to be dumped from the wagons.

As Arendtsville was the only travelers stop from Hunterstown to Shippensburg and on to Chambersburg, more and more homes and business places were built. By 1872, there were over 50 buildings in the village.

In 1885, a school district, independent of Franklin Township district, was formed and called the “Arendtsville School District”. In 1896, the town was incorporated into a Borough and was officially named “Arendtsville.

Excerpt taken from From the book entitled
“John’s Pursuit 1790-1976 Arendtsville”

Published 1976

Member Spotlight: Iron Master's Mansion

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This renovated 1829 Mansion with English Tudor architecture is available for your overnight and event needs! Steeped in history, the Ironmaster’s Mansion is located in the South Mountain landscape of Cumberland County, PA, nestled in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
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It’s the perfect spot for an intimate wedding (100 inside and 150 total occupancy inside & out),a family reunion, annual meeting, retreat and more. The veranda offers serenity and beauty. Event amenities include an impressive 1923 Baldwin Baby Grand Piano and an outdoor fire pit! Click here for more information. A list of preferred caterers is available upon request.

The Paymaster’s Cabin stands next to the property and would serve as a lovely Honeymoon Suite or a well-deserved retreat for small groups of six or less.
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Pine Grove Furnace is the half way point on the Appalachian Trail that spans from Maine to Georgia. It also plays host to the Appalachian Trail Museum which has a lot of information, and interesting exhibits on the trail. There is also an old POW camp nearby.

Pine Grove Furnace was built during the era of the American Revolution, and one of its first operators was Michael Ege. In 1815, his son, Peter Ege, who built the mansion and enjoyed the longest tenure of any ironmaster, inherited Pine Grove Furnace.

In more recent years the Ironmaster’s Mansion has served as a hostel and prominent halfway rest stop for Appalachian Trail hikers. The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC) recently renovated the Mansion–with the help of generous sponsors and hundreds of volunteers–and reopened it in April 2011 for use as a hostel, meeting space and community resource for education, training and events, including a gorgeous setting for a wedding.

Historic Tours of the Ironmaster’s Mansion are conducted Sundays, 3 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The 1829 Ironmaster’s Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace is rich in history, operating from the American Industrial Revolution through the American Civil War to the close of the 19th century. Starting Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, historic tours of the Mansion are offered by the resident Innkeepers, Roger and Kathy Stone, every Sunday at 3 p.m. Though the tours are free and open to the public, a donation to support the upkeep of the facility is much appreciated. The tours start on the south porch of the Mansion.

Enjoy this virtual tour and plan your visit today! For information and questions, please email ironmasterspinegrove@gmail.com or call 717.486.4108

Member Spotlight: Fabio's Events & Catering


Well, isn’t this the truth?  But even though Punxsatawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, we know Spring is just around the corner and there are lots of exciting things happening  on the Trail.  We’re also very excited to see our Trail grow!  In today’s world, the face of farming is changing, and with this comes a wave of some very bright and innovative individuals that the Trail is honored to have on board as members.  We will be spotlighting each of them over the next few weeks.

The farm to table movement is all the rage and there is no indication it is slowing down any time soon.  One very talented, up-and-coming young chef is passionate about supporting local and incorporating the freshest ingredients available from our region’s local farmers: Meet Fabio Carella.  fabio

“Growing up in an Italian household, I was always happy. I had my family around me… all the playmates I could ever want and more. I have always enjoyed the cooking of my Mother….she always made it a point to prepare home cooked meals for the whole family to enjoy, and she imparted the love of food with me.”  Fabio focuses on providing full-service, high-quality wedding and event planning, mouth-watering farm fresh cuisine, and 100% customer satisfaction.  ​”The expression on my customers’ faces after enjoying the food that I prepare for them is what drives me.”  He showcases his talents in several private and exclusive locations; from stately gardens and historic mansions to barns with unique architecture and rustic charm and arranges intimate gatherings to corporate events, and everything in between. (He also holds cooking classes at several venues throughout the area for for both kids and adults.)

Check out his website for upcoming events: www.fabiosevents.com   717-352-7433.

The Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail welcomes Fabio!