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“Antietam in Their Own Words: Letters from the veterans describe the Battle” – Dr. Tom Clemens

June 7, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Dr. Tom Clemens

Dr. Tom Clemens holds a Doctorate in College Education-History from George Mason University, Professor Emeritus from Hagerstown Community College. He is a Tour guide for the Maryland Campaign for the past 30 years. Tom is the Editor of Ezra Carman’s Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 Vols. 2010, 2012, 2016. Author of numerous essays and Magazine articles, appeared in several documentary films as on-screen historian, including the orientation film in the NPS Visitor Center.

On Wednesday, July 3rd, Dr. Clemens will present his Summer Lecture Series talk – “Antietam in Their Own Words: Letters from the veterans describe the Battle Tom’s talk will focus on excerpts from both Union and Confederate veterans  who served at Sharpsburg in the bloodiest single battle in US history, in their letters to Ezra Carman and John Gould in the 1890’s.​

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“The Battle of Falling Waters” – George Franks

June 7, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

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George Franks

George F. Franks, III is the President of Franks Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, and owner of Geo. Franks, Hatter, a global e-commerce business. He is a former technology executive with extensive international experience. George is the founder and President of the Battle of Falling Waters 1863 Foundation, Inc. and Vice President of Hagerstown Civil War Round Table. He is a Commissioner on the C&O Canal Federal Advisory Commission. George served as an officer and governor of the Company of Military Historians and as President of the organization’s Chesapeake Chapter. He was President of the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table in Washington, D.C. and is an active member of Save Historic Antietam Foundation. George is the author of Battle of Falling Waters 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign and lives in the 1830 Daniel Donnelly House on the battlefield – less than a mile from the C & O Canal. George was awarded the 2015 John Frye Historical Preservation Award by the Washington County (Maryland) Commissioners. He studied history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pittsburgh where he was graduated Magna cum Laude. AT&T selected George for the executive programs in marketing and international business at University of Virginia Darden School and Emory University Goizueta Business School.​

​On Wednesday, July 10th, George will present his Summer Lecture Series talk – “The Battle of Falling Waters“.  The story of the Gettysburg Campaign, both before and after the July 1-3, 1863, ​ battle, has recently received increased attention from historians. The movement​ of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg and its pursuit by the Army​ of the Potomac are every bit as important to the study of the American Civil War​ as the events in and around the small crossroads town in Pennsylvania. Many​ historians agree the Gettysburg Campaign concluded with the Battle of Falling​ Waters, Maryland, on July 14, 1863. Although not the climactic battle of the​ war desired by President Abraham Lincoln, it remains a story of miscalculation, ​ bravery, larger-than-life personalities, tragedy and a cover-up.

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“Following footprints and memory: Reexamining assumptions about the fight for the West Woods”​ – Jim Buchanan

June 7, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

James Buchanan

Jim Buchanan

James Buchanan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, (College Park) with a M.A. History and Antioch University, with a M.A. Teaching​.  Jim was a Program Director, National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law and recently retired as a Sr. Education Specialist, Federal Judicial Center (U.S. Courts)​.  Jim is a volunteer at the C&O Canal at Great Falls and has been volunteering at Antietam National Battlefield since 2007. Jim is a Licensed Battlefield Guide and is our resident expert on the West Woods (his blog: www.Walkingthewestwoods.blogspot.com)​.

On Wednesday, July 17th, Jim will present his Summer Lecture Series talk – “Following footprints and memory: Reexamining assumptions about the fight for the West Woods“.  At just after 9 a.m. on September 17, 1862, the 15th Massachusetts Volunteers, 606 men of all ranks, met and engaged troops of the Confederate brigades of Paul Semmes, Jubal Early and William Barksdale in the West Woods. An hour later, less than half of the 15th Massachusetts would be left standing. Other regiments, both north and south, fared little better. When the West Woods struggle ended, four thousand casualties lay in the meadows, ridges and ravines of those woods. This presentation will use contemporary letters and diaries and post-battle reminiscences from both sides to better understand what happened in the woods that day. Drawing on an emerging body of new research this presentation will reexamine old assumptions about the battle for the West Woods.

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“John Pope at Antietam: His influence on the Maryland Campaign and the Final Attack at Antietam”​ – Steve Stotelmyer

June 7, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Steve Stotelmyer

Steven R. Stotelmyer, a lifetime student of the Maryland Campaign, is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland. After a stint in the U.S. Navy he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Frostburg State College and a Master of Arts from Hood College. Mr. Stotelmyer currently serves as a volunteer and tour guide at the Antietam National Battlefield. From time to time Mr. Stotelmyer has also served as a part-time volunteer and historical consultant for the South Mountain State Battlefield. In 1992 he published The Bivouacs of the Dead: The Story of Those Who Died at Antietam and South Mountain, Toomey Press, Baltimore, MD. With the recent publication of Too Useful To Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan’s Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam, Savas Beatie LLC, New York, NY, Steven R. Stotelmyer provides a fresh examination and debunking of the negative stereotypes surrounding this capable commander during one of most crucial phases of the Civil War.​

On Wednesday, July 31st, Steve will present his Summer Lecture Series talk – “John Pope at Antietam: His influence on the Maryland Campaign and the Final Attack at Antietam“.  The Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam did not occur in a vacuum. The campaign began within days, and Antietam less than 3 weeks after the disastrous Union defeat of Second Manassas on August 30, 1862. The Union commander of that battle, Maj. Gen. John Pope cast a large shadow over the events of early September 1862. This talk will explore some of the unknown and overlooked influences of John Pope at work from the beginning of the campaign to close of battle at Sharpsburg on September 17, 1862.​

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“Confederate artillery commanders at Antietam” – ​Jim Rosebrock

June 7, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

James Rosebrock

Jim Rosebrock

Jim Rosebrock is the former Chief of the Antietam Battlefield Guides.  Jim currently serves as a volunteer and tour guide at the Antietam National Battlefield. Jim is a retired army officer and currently works for the Department of Justice. He is currently conducting research for a book that will tell the story of the regular artillery companies during the Civil War.  Jim also discusses interesting topics about the Maryland Campaign on his blog South From the North Woods.

On Wednesday, July 24th, Jim will present his Summer Lecture Series talk – “Confederate artillery commanders at Antietam“.  Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet, John Bell Hood and A.P. Hill are well known names in the story of the Battle of Sharpsburg.  However lesser known men are men like James Walton, Bushrod Frobel, Lindsay Shumaker and William Pogue. These are the gunners who commanded the Confederate artillery at Sharpsburg.  They played a decisive role in preventing George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac from overwhelming the rebels and permitting Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to live to fight another night.  Learn about Lee’s artillerymen and the crucial role they played at the Battle of Sharpsburg.

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

Victory Garden Ranch

May 11, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

VGR Owner

VGR Owners – Beth and Dwayne Harris with Chris

“Welcome to Victory Garden Ranch!”  That’s what you hear as you walk through the door of this unique store at Sharpsburg’s Town Square.

About Victory Garden Ranch

Victory Garden Ranch is more than a unique store, it also serves as a Veterans Wellness Center.  VGR, as we call it, was created in November 2016 by Beth and Dwayne Harris.  The Harris’ are retired from the U.S. Army with a combined 47 years of military service.  Dwayne also served as a firefighter.

 

 

 

vegetables

Fresh vegetables at VGR

“Victory Garden Ranch – Veterans Growing Together!” The mission of VGR is two-fold.  First, it provides products grown and manufactured by Veterans and their families to the Sharpsburg community.  Victory Garden Ranch is certified by Maryland’s Best and they have been accepted by the Farmer Veteran Coalition and certified by the national Homegrown by Heroes program. Their mission is to meet other Veterans and community members and guide Veterans in growing/making their own products to sell under the Homegrown by Heroes label while providing the community with farm fresh food and other products.

Second,  it operates as a Veterans Wellness Center.  VGR has a classroom that is used to host a number of Veteran wellness programs including painting, movies, yoga and counseling.  This provides a place where people can connect.  According to Beth, “Part of the recovery is connecting with other people going through a similar recovery process. We now have a place where people can go.  It’s not just shopping – it’s sharing.”

The objective of Victory Garden Ranch is to raise funds to source the local nonprofit Veterans Group “Come All Who are Thirsty”.  The Harris’ started this group in 2013 to bring veterans and their families together through meetings and outreach programs. Their mission is to connect Veterans with other Veterans and their support teams to combat isolation, depression and suicide.  As “the Ranch” expands, they hope to provide other forms of therapy for Veterans such as archery, homeopathic services, and equine therapy.  Come All Who are Thirsty also welcomes our ‘First Responders’ – Police, fire & EMS personnel to participate in the events and activities.

Unique Items  at Victory Garden Ranch

antique plate and bottlesold glory flagVictory Garden Ranch carries a wide range of products including flags, memorabilia and some antiques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafted foods such as soups, jams, jellies, salsas, cookies, and pretzels.

canned items

Various gifts items like crochet hats and scarves, candles, soaps and other health and beauty products.

soaps

A book-nook covering just about every American conflict and segment of our history.

  history books

Locally roasted whole bean coffee, farm fresh eggs and cheeses.

eggs and cheese

 

There is something for everyone at Victory Garden Ranch.  Be sure to stop by to say “Hello!” and check out all the latest items at the store.

Events & Classes

Throughout the year VGR hosts book signings, CPR certification classes, story time, movie nights, meditation and painting classes.

Weekly Yoga Classes – Thursday evenings

Spring Artisan Market – April

Patriotic Pancake Breakfast – Memorial Day Weekend

Sharpsburg Founder’s Day – First weekend in July

Antietam Christmas in July! – Last weekend in July

Veteran’s Day Gift Bag Drive – Veterans Day Saturday

Sharpsburg Sunday-Funday Holidays! – Sunday afternoons November – December

Victory Garden Ranch is a proud supporter and sponsor of many of the local community events and activities.  From Memorial Day to Founder’s Day and Veterans Day, Victory Garden Ranch is always there with open doors to help and assist the community.  “Victory Garden Ranch – Veterans Growing Together!”

front of VGR

Welcome to Victory Garden Ranch!

Directions

Walking from the Inn, Victory Garden Ranch is just at the end of the block, on the left at Town Square.   If you are driving,  parking is available along the street or in a parking lot off N. Mechanic Street. (Click here for Google Maps)

Victory Garden Ranch logo

Victory Garden Ranch
101 W. Main Street
Sharpsburg, Maryland

Victory Garden Ranch is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

“The Only Doubtful Ones: McClellan’s Least Favorite Corps During the Antietam Campaign” – Darin Wipperman  

May 3, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Darin Wipperman

First time speaker and returning guest of the Inn, Darin Wipperman will discuss, “The Only Doubtful Ones: McClellan’s Least Favorite Corps During the Antietam Campaign” on Wednesday, June 26th.

As the Army of the Potomac marched toward destiny in Maryland, George McClellan lacked confidence in the men of the First Corps. In a letter to his wife, the army commander referred to them as “the only doubtful ones” under his command. One reason the First Corps fell short of McClellan’s appreciation was his dislike of Irvin McDowell, the original commander of the corps. The stout fighting of the First Corps under Joe Hooker in Maryland began their reputation as an immortal Civil War infantry corps. McClellan was not a man to admit he could be wrong. Yet, this examination of McClellan’s writings before and after Antietam, placed in the context of the corps’ sacrifice during the campaign, will show how, in the end, he could recognize great soldiering.

One of Darin Wipperman’s most formative moments was receiving Bruce Catton’s Picture History of the Civil War as a present 35 years ago. He has studied, written, and self-published about the political struggles of the Antebellum decades and the war itself ever since. Growing up in Iowa, he earned degrees in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa in the mid-1990s. A federal employee for nearly 17 years, Darin and his wife moved to northern New Hampshire in 2012, where he was a reporter and editor at New Hampshire weekly newspapers for more than four years. Enjoying early retirement, Darin is currently writing a manuscript entitled History Will Not Be Silent: Life and Death in a Union Infantry Corps. Part One of the book is “Defending Maryland,” about the First Corps in the crucial month of September 1862. Based on his research and writing, Darin’s presentation examines “The Only Doubtful Ones: McClellan’s Least Favorite Corps During the Antietam Campaign.”

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“Images from Meade’s Division: The Pennsylvania Reserves at Antietam” – Joe Stahl

May 3, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Joe Stahl

On Wednesday, June 19th, Antietam Battlefield Guide, Joseph W. Stahl will present his Summer Lecture Series talk  “Images from BG George Meade’s  1st Corps Division”

BG Meade’s Division was reported to consist of 2607 officers and men in 13 veteran infantry regiments.  These were the Pennsylvania Reserve Regiments. The division would report losses of 107 killed, 466 wounded and 2 missing for a total of 573 including three artillery batteries attached to the division. In this presentation you will be shown the faces and history of several soldiers, at least one from 10 of the 13 regiments in General Meade’s Division.  A map will orient you to their location on the field. Each of these soldiers has a story and I will tell you a little of that story.

Joseph W. Stahl retired from the Institute for Defense Analyses where he authored or co-authored more that 50 reports on defense issues. Since his retirement he has become a volunteer and NPS Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam and Harpers Ferry. He grew up in St. Louis. He received BS and MS degrees from Missouri University of Science And Technology and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF), Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable and is co-author of the first book on ID discs Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War. His second book “Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam will be published this summer. He has spoken to various Civil War groups including the Northern Virginia Relic Hunters, South Mountain Coin and Relic Club, Rappahannock, York, Chambersburg, and Hagerstown Round Tables, Chambersburg Civil War Tours, SHAF and the NPS Antietam. In addition Joe has authored more that two dozen articles about items in his collections for the Gettysburg Magazine, the Washington Times Civil War Page, Manuscripts, America’s Civil War, Military Collector & Historian: the Journal of the Company of Military Historians, the Civil War Historian and the Skirmish Line of the North-South Skirmish Association. Displays of items from of his collection have won awards at several Civil War shows.  He has been a member of the North-South Skirmish Association for more than 25 years and has shot civil war type muskets, carbines and revolvers in both individual and team competitions.

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“Cole’s Cavalry” – Mark Dudrow

May 3, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Mark Dudrow and Eve

On Wednesday, June 12th, we welcome first time speaker and local living historian Mark Dudrow for his presentation on “Cole’s Cavalry”.  During the Civil War, Cole’s Cavalry patrolled along the Potomac River and the Shenandoah Valley.  Mr. Dudrow’s discussion concerns the formation and history of Company C from 1861 to 1865 which is provided from letters and diaries of that company’s members. If the weather permits, Mark’s faithful side kick – ‘Eve’ will be part of the presentation.

Mark Dudrow lives with his wife, Sharon, in Summit Point, WV. He is retired from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Frederick County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue. He presently works part time as a firefighter at Summit Point Raceway. Mark has been interested in the Civil War since learning of his Great-Great Grandfather, Abraham Dern, serving in Cole’s Cavalry. He has done, and continues to do, much research on the subject. Mark recently wrote and had published a book on Company C of Cole’s Cavalry entitled “The Keystone Rangers”. It is a print on demand book through the Book Patch and can be ordered online. Proceeds for the book go to the Shriver House in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. George Shriver served in Company C and died in Andersonville Prison. Mark and his horse “Eve” volunteer at Antietam Battlefield talking to visitors about the cavalry and the sacrifices of the horses. They also do many programs in Loudoun County for Tracey Gillespie and the Northern Virginia Park Authority. Mark continuously strives to promote the heritage of the Civil War.

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

“Birth of Nursing and Hospital Care as a result of the Civil War” – Gordon Dammann

May 3, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Gordon Dammann

On Wednesday, June 5th, Gordon Dammann will present our first Summer Lecture Series talk “Birth of Nursing and Hospital Care as a result of the Civil War”.   2000 women who volunteered as nurses during the great American tragedy came from all walks of life to play a vital role.  Hospital care was virtually non-existent before the Civil War, however it became the standard of care after the War.

Gordon E. Dammann D.D.S. founded the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland to tell the true story of Civil War medicine. His medical collection formed the core of the museum holdings. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and holds a bachelor of science degree with a minor in history. In 1969 he received his D.D.S. degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry

Gordon is the author of Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment Volumes I, II, and III. He and Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet co-authored Images of Civil War Medicine. He has served on the editorial staff of North/South Magazine and was editor of the Reprint of Memoirs of Jonathan Letterman, MD Surgeon of the U.S. Army 1861-1864.

Gordon is a recipient of the Nevins Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table and the Iron Brigade Award of the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table. These are presented to an individual whose advancement of the American Civil War scholarship and support of the Round Table movement deserves special recognition

He has presented programs on Civil War Medicine for the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College, and Round Tables and Historical Societies across the country. Since retiring from his dental practice, Gordon has become active as a Licensed Guide at Antietam National Battlefield.

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.   To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed Church of Christ.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

Dutch Puff Pancake

April 28, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Apple Raisin Dutch Pancake with fresh scrapple

Dutch Puff Pancake  – Servings: 2-4

If you are looking for an easy way to impress people with your cooking skills (when you have none!) this is the recipe for you.  This thick, puffy pancake makes such an impression that it is often greeted by ‘ooh’ and ‘wow’ when presented to  guests.  It’s such a versatile dish that with just a few tweaks it can be sweet or savory and is perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert.

Basic Recipe (serves four)

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
½ tsp fine salt
4 Tbs butter
4 Tbs sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract

1 large skillet or two 8 inch skillets

Instructions:

Blend the batter: Place the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Blend for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, and then blend for another 10 seconds. The batter will be quite thin and loose.

Rest the batter: Leave the batter in the blender and set aside to rest 20 to 25 minutes. This gives the flour time to absorb the liquid. You will be tempted to swirl it around or stir it – don’t!

Heat the pan and oven:  Heat the oven to 425°F and place the skillet you’re using on a middle rack to warm up with the oven.  You might want to take the top rack out now in case it gets extra puffy.

Melt the butter: When you’re ready to make the pancake, remove the skillet from the oven (using oven mitts), add the butter and swirl the pan to melt the butter and coat the bottom and sides of the pan.  (It will seem like too much butter, trust us, it’s not!)

Add the batter: Pour the batter on top of the butter.  Place the skillet back on the middle rack in the oven.

 

Puff pancake out of the oven

Blackberry syrup

Bake the Dutch baby: Bake until the Dutch baby is puffed, lightly browned across the top, and darker brown on the sides and edges, 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve while hot: You can either serve from the pan or transfer the Dutch baby to a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar.

See additional serving suggestions below.

 

 

For breakfast : Cut into wedges and serve with maple syrup or jam . Serve with sausage patties or links, and a twisted orange slice

For brunch:  Add a sharp shredded cheese to the batter and place diced ham in the pan before adding batter.

For dessert:  Cut into wedges, add a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with hot caramel or chocolate sauce.

Fruit* or Meat filled Dutch baby: Arrange fruits like blueberries or raspberries or place diced ham or crumbled bacon over the bottom of the skillet and then pour the batter over top. (Scattering fruit/meat on top of the batter will keep it from rising as impressively.)

*Fresh or Canned Fruits can be added to the pancake in the center after baking is complete, either prior to or just after cutting into wedges.

Dutch Puff Pancake Recipe

Five Reasons to Stay at our Maryland B & B

February 23, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Inn Exterior

Hotels, motels, house rentals, Bed & Breakfasts…. Travelers today have more lodging options than ever before and trying to decide where to stay can be overwhelming. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, finding the right accommodation is important.  However, with so many choices, why should you consider a bed and breakfast over another accommodation type?   That’s easy – they’re great!  No seriously, they are so not what you expect.  B&B’s are experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and they often provide better value compared to hotels and other types of accommodations

If you have never stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, you owe it to yourself to try it.  If you HAVE stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, you owe it to yourself to go back.  (And, if you stayed in one and thought it was ‘just ok’ you owe it to yourself to try ours!)  Here is our top 5 reasons why you should stay at a B&B, especially the Jacob Rohrbach Inn:

 

1 – A Personal Experience:

innkeepersYou can get good customer service at a hotel, but often you’re just a room number.  Here at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn you will get a personalized experience.  When you check in, you get to meet an Innkeeper, not an employee or just a book listing the rules and a few suggestions of things to do.  We actually know your name and where you are from, we know that it’s your birthday or anniversary and we even know if you want coffee or tea at breakfast.  We also know if it’s your first time to the area or your 20th and know just where to send you to find a great experience.  Want to go to a winery?  Let us know what type you are looking for and we can send you to just the right place.  Want a romantic dinner, or maybe just looking for a quick bite between activities – we know the perfect place for both.  Want to hang out on one of the porches with a book or just take a nap?  DO IT!  Want to sit down and chat with us about how we came to do this, or why you are here?  Great – we love to hear about you and your story.  Only want to see us at check-in and breakfast?  That is perfect too.  No judgment here- this is YOUR stay.  A stay designed by YOU!  Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed so that you leave with great memories.

 

2 – Affordable and All Inclusive

You may find some hotels or other rental accommodations appear cheaper but the value at a B&B is far better.  When you check into a hotel, you might get free parking and a so-so continental breakfast, Wi-Fi is almost always an extra cost and there might be an overpriced vending machine for late night munchies.  We recently went to a conference and learned that if we wanted a mini fridge in our room, we had to pay an additional fee each day.  Who does that?  At our bed and breakfast it’s all included!  Off-street parking – free, High speed internet – free, Mini-fridge in room – free, Soda, coffee or tea – free, Fresh, homemade goodies and snacks– free, Amazing multi-course breakfast – free.  (I feel like that tax commercial: free, free, free-free-free, free.)  But seriously, It’s all FREE!

 

3 – Breakfast to Remember

Banana BreakfastAt a hotel, you might get a disappointing grab-n-go cold breakfast, or maybe you will get lucky with a “hot” breakfast.  But should questionable eggs and a rubbery waffle sitting under a heat lamp be called breakfast?  You will find none of that when you stay at our Bed & Breakfast.  Wake up to the scent of locally roasted and fresh ground coffee brewing, or the aromas of thick Applewood-smoked slices of bacon sizzling in the oven.  That’s what you will find at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn.  A homemade, multi-course breakfast brimming with local products and flavors is simply the best way to start your day.  That wonderful coffee is out on the comfort station by 7:00am and breakfast is served in the dining room at 8:30. Our menu is ‘chef’s choice’ and alternates each day between sweet and savory.  If you don’t like making small talk in the morning – no worries.  At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn we don’t make you ‘sit with strangers’.  All of our tables are individual and allow you, the guest, to be in control of how interactive you are.  Remember this is YOUR stay, you get to decide.  Need an earlier start to the day?  We will be happy to provide you with a ‘road ready’ breakfast to get you on your way.  Don’t worry if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, just let us know ahead of time and we will be happy to accommodate them.

 

4 – Unique and Authentic Experience

Harpers Ferry When you stay at many brand name hotels, they attempt to provide you the same experience in every location.  Which means no matter where you stay, NYC or Bali, you will find the exact same thing. Boring!  A Bed and Breakfast is owned by local residents and provides a unique and authentic experience. If you really want to ‘live like a local’, here is your chance!  Get the scoop on attractions and activities that are off the beaten path and find out where the hidden gems of the area are.  We know the best place to go to capture a sunrise/sunset.  We know where to send you for a short relaxing hike or where to go for a challenge.  Where is the best place to get your bike on or off the C & O canal? We can tell you that too.  Need to find a place to take the kids on a rainy afternoon, or a pet friendly restaurant?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, you will find your Innkeepers are an outstanding source of local information.

 

5 – Historic Properties and Beautiful Rooms

Quite a few Bed and Breakfasts are historic buildings, architecturally distinctive and no two ever look alike.  Many of these are in restored buildings that are hundreds of years old and have played an important role in the history of their town.  The Jacob Rohrbach Inn also has a rich history and unique story.  Situated along the main street, our motto is “An Eyewitness to History Since 1804”. Be sure to ask us the story of our Inn during your stay.  Unlike small cookie-cutter hotel rooms, the Inn has five spacious and comfortable rooms.  All five have been thoughtfully restored to maintain their historic character.  But don’t let the word historic fool you, we’re not ‘Grandma’s house’ with plastic slip covers and doilies everywhere.  Our rooms and suites are individually furnished and come with all the modern amenities that will make you feel at home.   If you are traveling with another couple, check out their room.  You will be surprised at the differences between each one.  Our website allows you to view large pictures of each guest room and select the one that most appeals to you.  At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn you get to choose your room, not your room type.

 

Inn buttonSo, the next time you are traveling, or planning a vacation, don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices.  Choose a Bed and Breakfast. Come stay at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn for a great experience!

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