Bedford, PA

Bedford is located in picturesque South-Central Pennsylvania. Incorporated in 1795, Bedford was a frontier military post for many years and the (now reconstructed) Fort Bedford served as a refuge against French soldiers and hostile Native Americans. The town is historically significant as George Washington called almost 13,000 militiamen to Bedford during the Whiskey Rebellion to make a statement against impending anarchy and a rebel uprising.

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Medical hot springs and a new spa built in 1804 drew many notable people to the area including several presidents and congressmen. In fact, President James Buchanan made the Bedford Springs Hotel his “summer White House” and made the first trans-Atlantic cable message from his room in 1858.

Everyone is welcome at the annual Bedford County Fair where locals can exhibit their 4-H projects, ride rides, play games, and watch demolition derbies on a the speedway. Bedford’s annual Fall Foliage Festival attracts people from many miles around to see the celebration and awe at Mother Nature’s grandeur. Bedford is also home to several resorts that boast spas, golfing, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, and wine tasting.

Bedford citizens are very friendly; in fact, many families reside here from generation to generation. Among many other employment opportunities, Bedford has both a Wal-Mart and REI distribution center close to its location, providing employment to many people in Bedford and the surrounding areas. With so many special events and entertainment, Bedford is a great place to live, work, and play.

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Barton, MD

Barton, Maryland is an adorable township located between Lonaconing and Westernport along the Georges Creek Valley.  The Reverend William Shaw, a Methodist minister settled on this picturesque site of Allegany County in 1794. His son, William Shaw Jr. laid out the town in 1853, naming it for his father’s hometown: Barton, England.

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Shortly after settlement, the discovery of coal in the area shaped Barton’s future. The Georges Creek Rail Road and many settlers came to the area to work in the rich mines and Barton flourished. Today most of the coal miners have vacated and many of the families are supported by other types of employment such as farming and manufacturing.

Barton is listed on the National Register of historical places with Shaw mansion being added in 1985. Barton is noted for having the first gristmill powered by a water wheel. Several mills were added along the Moores Run River in Barton, however they were all torn down by 1961.

You can still see the rich history of this town in its topography and through its resilient people.  In 2016 the Census reported the population of Barton was 431 people. This statistic truly speaks about Barton’s small town charm. As a modest community in a serine mountain setting, Barton’s locals are genuine and neighborly.  An annual parade through town celebrates the citizen’s congenial community spirit and can-do attitudes about their hometown.

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Deep Creek Lake Area

Located in Garret County MD, the Deep Creek Area encompasses many towns including McHenry, Oakland, Swanton and Mountain Lake Park.  These diverse communities surround Maryland’s largest man-made freshwater lake. The 3,900-acre ‘Deep Creek’ Lake has 65 miles of shoreline and is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains 2,466 feet above sea level just west of the eastern continental divide.

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Forested slopes and the highest point in Maryland rise all around the area to peaks in excess of 3,000 feet adding to its picturesque qualities. Deep Creek summers are significantly cooler than in the surrounding lowlands. Because of the elevation, spring arrives a little later and the forests shine with brilliant green. Autumn comes a little earlier, and the foliage is an eruption of red, gold, russet, and tans.

The unique geography of Deep Creek enables it to offer an abundance of outdoor activities as well as spectacular views. Lake visitors can enjoy a marina, a state park and the Wisp Ski Resort which is a popular vacation destination year round. Along with skiing (snow and water), snow tubing, boating, camping, hiking, educational nature programs, bird watching, adventure tours,  expeditions and a nature center, Deep Creek would be any outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Deep Creek is also home to many specialty restaurants, cultural festivals, live entertainment, fairs, and numerous cultural activities like the gathering of the Scottish clans.  For the less outdoorsy type, the Deep Creek area is a great place to shop, dine, relax and simply unwind.

With unbelievable views and limitless pastimes and amusements the Deep Creek area is the perfect destination for your next dream home or vacation property.  Shop Now!

Grantsville, MD

Grantsville is the home of stunning scenery, rich history and delightful people. The town was named in honor of the wealthy Daniel Grant, who moved to this area of Maryland in 1796.  During the early 1800’s the construction of the National Railroad created more traffic, resulting in more settlers to the area. The area’s iconic Cassleman Bridge was built in 1813 and was the largest single span bridge ever constructed at that time.

Today in Grantsville, you will find a quiet country setting with many popular attractions such as: The Cassleman Inn, Stanton’s Mill, the Spruce Forest Artesian Village and Historical Residences. The Main Street is filled with charming locally owned businesses, restaurants and shops to explore. The town’s approximately 1000 residents are warm and welcoming.

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There is no shortage of arts and entertainment in and around Grantsville, MD. One can enjoy quaint farmers markets, home and garden expos, quilt shows, and main street cruises in town. Several colleges and universities bring cultural experiences to the area.  Residents and visitors enjoy the proximity Grantsville has to Amish country and the how easy it is to day trip in the surrounding major metropolitan areas.

From inches of snow, to warm summer days, and beautiful fall foliage, Grantsville residents get to enjoy all four seasons of the year outside. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, snow showing, geocaching and much more. Five extraordinary State Parks, multiple mountain lakes, and world class white water rivers are located in Grantsville. And don’t forget that Wisp Ski Resort and Deep Creek Lake are just 20 minutes away.

Ease of access, an abundance of experiences and a wonderful small town community spirit make Grantsville an ideal location for anyone.

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Friendsville, MD

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Friendsville Maryland, known as ‘the friendliest town in Maryland’, is located in the North-Western part of Garrett County. It is one of Garrett County’s oldest settlements and has just installed an interactive 18 marker walking tour that elaborates on the people and events that shaped the town. Friendsville received its name from an early European settler named John Friend, who came to the area before the Revolutionary War.

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The exquisite Youghiogheny River flows through the town providing a world class spot for white water rafting, fishing, and kayaking. Pristine hiking and biking trails, community parks, and several adventure sport companies keep this community active and healthy. Friendsville enjoys cool mountainous summers, as temperatures have only ever reached a record high of 92 degrees. The outdoor fun does not repose in winter as snow enthusiasts can enjoy snowshoeing, snow tubing, and downhill skiing at the Wisp Resort located close by.

As a small town with huge charm, Friendsville prides itself on being walkable to many amenities and events. Ideally located, Friendsville seems far enough away yet close enough from everything. Friendsville is 45 minutes from West Virginia University, 3 hours from Washington D.C. and 2 hours from Pittsburgh, PA. This convenient local allows you to enjoy several different cities at your leisure but enjoy a quiet small town lifestyle.

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Wait!!! Before you change out those old brass doorknobs…

Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves. Several metals that are copper alloys, including brass and bronze, have antimicrobial properties (meaning they kill bacteria).

It’s called the oligodynamic effect, and it explains that the chemical makeup of these metals, even in low concentrations, have biocidal qualities.

Research suggests that when using these metals for doorknobs, push plates, tray tables, faucet handles and other equipment in hospital ICU’s reduced transmission of disease causing organisms in by as much as 58%.

Currently the CDC is clinically trialing and testing the effectiveness of this effect at 3 major U.S. Hospitals. So far the results have been positive.

So think twice before you replace those outdated brass fixtures with other metals, they are helping you more than you may realize!

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Lonaconing, MD

Lonaconing Maryland is located along the Georges Creek Valley between Frostburg and Westernport in Allegany County. With its population decreasing by 7.31% since 2000, now is the time to buy a home in the quiet community of Lonaconing.  The town has a central location in the Allegany Mountains and has the best features to offer its inhabitants: Fresh air, great views, tranquil serenity and closeness to many amenities.

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Lonaconing is steeped in in rich history.  The town is home to the Georges Creel Regional History Exhibit and displays many artifacts as well as proudly announcing Lonaconing as the birthplace of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Robert (Lefty) Grove.  Another area attraction is the Iron Furnace used in the 1830’s, an impressive structure that helped shape the areas future on industry. Now on the National Register of Historic Places the Lonaconing blast furnace is a 50’x50’ sandstone pyramid that harnessed the power of coal to produce iron. Lonaconing has to the last known existing intact silk mill in the USA which is now in the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building has been abandoned for roughly 50 years, but draws plenty of historians, tourists, and photographers alike.