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Re-opening amid COVID-19

May 6, 2020 by jacobrohrbach

As we prepare to reopen we are faced with a number of challenges and unknowns.  Our number one concern is for the health and safety of all our guests, customers and staff.  We have always prided ourselves on the cleanliness of the guest rooms, common areas and store.  That attention to detail and awareness will only be amplified during this critical period.  To provide for everyone’s health and safety we will be making a number of changes in the way we conduct business and what is allowable for guests and customers based on state and county guidelines.

Currently all five guest rooms are available for booking.

As per current state guidelines, all guests and customers are required to wear a face mask when outside of your room or in the store.

Decorative pillows, throws, books, magazines, and pamphlets have been removed from guest rooms.  We’ve encased the clean (extra) blanket in plastic and bathrobes will be available on request.

Daily housekeeping service will be provided by request only.  As always guests can contact us if more items are needed.

We will continue to serve our multi-course breakfast at 8:30 am in the dining room adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The Comfort Station will remain available for guest use but we ask you to adhere to social distancing.  We also ask that you refrain from gathering in the living room.

In between guest stays, the rooms are thoroughly cleaned by a two-step process using CDC recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.  Cleaning staff is equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the cleaning process.

The Antietam Mercantile will be open to the public and guests, but will be limited to a maximum of four customers in the store at one time.  Customers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the store.

These changes will be revised as we move forward under the guidelines provided by state and local officials.

Policy Changes

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the financial difficulties created by it we are forced to make some changes to our policies.

  • In order to ensure proper and through cleaning of each room, there is a 2 night minimum on ALL reservations.
  • Check in between 3:00–7:00 pm and check out at 11:00 am remains the same.  However due to stringent cleaning policies NO Early Arrivals or Late Check Out can be accommodated.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $30 per room is required to guarantee your reservation.  The deposit is applied towards your final statement.
  • All cancellations and changes to a reservation will be charged a processing fee of $30.00 per room.
  • Reservations cancelled less than 14 days prior to your arrival date will be charged for one night’s stay.
  • Reservations cancelled less than 72 hours in advance, or if you do not arrive for your reservation as scheduled, will be charged for the entire stay booked.
  • Moving a reservation within the above cancellation period is considered a new reservation and will be charged the processing fee.

In the past we have provided discounts for active duty and retired military, Emergency First Responders and Seniors.  Over the last five years this has totaled close to $10,000.  Unfortunately, at this time we can no longer offer these discounts.  We will continue our guest Reward Program – the Rohrbach Regiment and offer specials and packages.

We are sorry for any inconvenience these changes may cause but thank you for you understanding.  We will get through this TOGETHER.

Renovations around the Inn

February 29, 2020 by jacobrohrbach

You may have noticed that we’re a little behind in getting the Rohrbach INNsider out this quarter.  It’s not because we were on vacation… although we wish we were, it’s because of the renovations being done at the Inn.  Each year now during the month of January we choose a project and do some renovations.  This year we closed the whole month!  For most people that means it’s time to relax and go on vacation… but not us, it means time to get to work.

This year our number one priority was to redo the bathroom in the Antietam Room.  With an old tub-shower combo and a small vanity this one was in despite need of a face lift.

Just after New Years  Smith Renovations, LLC come in to demo and begin the work.  But as with all projects, we have learned that nothing ever goes according to the plan nor on a projected timeline.

Smith Renovations

DEMO DAY

Framing Shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drywall

Final Sanding

Cleaning grout

 

 

 

 

 

 

But no worries, the work progressed and we decided to freshen up the paint in the bedroom as well, so the Antietam  is an all around NEW ROOM!  Hats off to Brandon, Andrew and their dad, Bryan for doing an OUTSTANDING job.

New toilet and sink

Pocket Door

Tile Shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While this was going we had to do some minor repair work to the ceiling at the back entrance.  The initial plan was to replace the ceiling and repaint that space.  Well, after taking down the ceiling, and doing a little investigating, we realized that the doorway from the foyer into the hall was a more recent addition (maybe 1980’s) so we decided to remove it and open the space.

Surprise, surprise surprise..

Back entrance

Hallway

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took down the wainscoting and wallpaper, repaired the plaster and added a ceiling light too.  It looks like a different hallway now.  So much room to come in and very welcoming with all the natural light.

 

 

 

 

 

So while ALL this was going on, we were also giving the General’s Quarter a fresh new coat of paint.  Thanks to our painter and handyman, Lucas Turner for his help on these two projects.

Getting ready to paint

Still getting ready to paint…

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW!  A brand new room, just a little paint and lots of TLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are done for now, but there is one more big project on the horizon this spring.

Maybe next January we will actually get to take that vacation……

Antietam Mercantile Company is Open!

July 29, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

  After many months of planning, preparing and praying, we are pleased to announce that our store is finally open.  The Antietam Mercantile Company will not only be an expansion of the Inn’s gift shop, but we’ll be carrying many of the primitives and home decor items that decorate the Inn. Over the years the ground  floor had been used for many things, including a barber shop, dress store and a souvenir shop.  Now, the newest store in Sharpsburg will allow you to stay local and shop local.  Stop in the Antietam Mercantile Company during your next visit to Sharpsburg.

 

AMC Sign

The sign is out, we’re open for business!

 

The store will be open to guests everyday after breakfast to peruse through and shop.

For now, our store hours to the public will be:
Wednesday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00am – 5:00pm.

Here is just a “sneak peak” of what you can expect at the Antietam Mercantile Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antietam Mercantile Company
(240) 310-4011
138 W. Main Street (sidewalk entrance)
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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Five Reasons to Stay at our Maryland B & B

February 23, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

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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!

More Changes around the Inn

February 23, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

WOW! 2018 was a big year for changes around the Inn.  We did way more renovating, painting, landscaping, and expanding then we expected to do.

It all started toward the end of 2017 when we realized we had a great opportunity to expand the business (More on the expansion in just a bit).  First we had to renovate the Harpers Ferry Suite.  This suite was one of the original guest rooms when the house was turned into a bed and breakfast over thirty years ago and desperately needed some updating. Fortunately there was no carpet or wallpaper to remove so the project moved right along.  We are very pleased with the bathroom project and would like to thank Anne Marie & Marty of Uphome Renovations, LLC for the tremendous work they did.  Another ‘Thank you’ goes to Antietam Wood Floors for repairing and restoring the hardwood floors.

 

New vanity

Refinished hardwoods

Tiled shower

New sitting area of the Harpers Ferry Suite

Once the weather started to break we moved outside for some yard work.  We called in Jay’s Tree & Landscaping Service to remove some dying trees along the property line and we worked for over a month tearing out the old fence and brush that lined the back alley.  After adding several yards of top soil, the backyard is nicely sloped and the green grass has taken off.

Clearing out the old wire fence and putting in topsoil

Removing some of the trees along the alley

 

 

 

 

 

 

As most of you know, 2018 has gone down for being one of the wettest years in history.  We had 130 days of precipitation coming in at over 50 inches of rain.  Needless to say it was not a good year to decide to paint the Inn but we did.  We started in July… and we’re still not done.  We had to suspend operations by Thanksgiving as the temperatures began to drop, but as soon as weather warms up the last part of the Inn and spring house will be finished.  One of our local painters, Lucas Turner has done an outstanding job and was able to work around the weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Colonial Williamsburg colors have given the place a whole new look.  The body of the buildings are painted a  Tavern Gray.   We used Tyler Gray to distinguish the window slashes and Mopboard Black for the trim and accent areas.  All the porch ceilings have a traditional Pearl Blue shade to ward off insects and birds.  We can’t wait til spring to finish it up.

Fall at Inn

Back to the expansion of the business…  As this year came to a close we were able to focus on achieving one of our start up goals.  We are both big on planning and one of the objectives on our five year plan was to have a large space for a gift shop.

Gift shop hutch

After some packing and rearranging things in the old basement dress shop room we now have a large space to expand our gift shop. We gave this ground floor or sidewalk level of the Inn a new look with a fresh coat of paint and it looks great.

Antietam Mercantile Company at the Inn.

We look forward to having it completed and the shop operating sometime this Spring.  While you are here for your stay be sure to check out the new Antietam Mercantile Company at the Inn.

2019 Civil War Lecture Series

January 25, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

What an awesome lineup of  lectures for this summer at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn.  We have five new guest speakers on the schedule, so come hear 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 Lecture Series.

2019 Speaker Schedule

June 5 – Gordon Dammann – “Birth of Nursing and Hospital Care as a result of the Civil War”

June 12 – Mark Dudrow – “Cole’s Cavalry”

June 19 – Joe Stahl – “Images from Meade’s Division: The Pennsylvania Reserves at Antietam”

June 26 – Darin Wipperman  “The Only Doubtful Ones: McClellan’s Least Favorite Corps During the Antietam Campaign”

July 3 – Tom Clemens – “Antietam in Their Own Words; Letters from the veterans describe the battle.“

July 10 – George Franks – “Battle of Falling Waters: Last Battle of the Gettysburg Campaign”

July 17 – Jim Buchanan – “Following footprints and memory: Reexamining assumptions about the fight for the West Woods”

July 24 – Jim Rosebrock – Confederate artillery commanders at Antietam

July 31 – Steve Stotelmyer – “John Pope at Antietam: His influence on the Maryland Campaign and the Final Attack at Antietam”

August 7 – Kevin Pawlak – “In the Wake of Antietam: The Loudoun Valley Campaign of 1862”

August 14 – Matt Borders – “A Last Roll of the Dice: The Third Confederate Invasion of the North – 1864”

August 21 – Alex Rossino – “The Tale Untwisted: George McClellan and the Discovery of Lee’s Lost Orders, September 13, 1862”

August 28 – John Schildt – “People and Places at Antietam”

 

These Wednesday evening programs are free and open to the public. They will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Inn at 7:oo p.m so bring a chair to sit around our event tent. In case of inclement weather the talks will be moved to the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed United Church of Christ on Main Street.  Check our Blog and Facebook page for weekly updates about the speakers and their topics.

 

Civil War Lecture Series Notice

Topics & Speakers

SHAF Donation

October 3, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

Save Historic Antietam Foundation, or SHAF, is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1986 when there was a threat of development which would destroy the scenic and historic significance of the area.  Since that time, SHAF has been working to promote the preservation and restoration of the scenic area in and around the Antietam Battlefield.

There are still some remaining properties that are very significant to the Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign.  With the ever rising cost of land and battlefield restoration, we wanted to help.  So, one of the first things we established upon taking over the Inn was a donation fund directly for SHAF.   Throughout the year the proceeds from the sale of our Antietam Battlefield postcards in our gift shop went directly to SHAF along with any guest donations.  This was a great start, but that alone just wasn’t enough. After much brainstorming we decided that during our annual Civil War Summer Lecture Series we would hold a raffle.

Winners of this years raffle.

This year proved to be a great success.  On the last Wednesday of this year’s lecture series, Rev. John Schildt drew the names of our five lucky winners.  Prizes include a framed print of the Battle of South Mountain, SHAF polo shirts, breakfast for two at the Inn, a SHAF hat & t-shirt, and a dozen homemade scones.  But more importantly we were able to raise $500 for the Save Historic Antietam Foundation!

 

We would like to thank all the outstanding guest speakers who have volunteered their time to provide  great, informative presentations.  Special thank you to Rev. Delancy Catlett and the Christ Reformed Church for being able to use the church in case of inclement weather (and this year we were there often). Finally, THANK YOU to our guests and all the faithful attendees of the lectures.  Without you and your donations none of this would be possible.  To date, we have raised over $1000 for SHAF!

Presenting Rev. John Schildt a check for this year’s SHAF donation.

We look forward to seeing you next summer for another year of new and exciting Civil War Lectures!

 

 

2018 Civil War Lecture Series

January 15, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

We have another great lineup of outstanding speakers this summer at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn.  Come hear 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 Lecture Series.

2018 Speaker Schedule

June 6 – “Disease and Treatment {???} during the Civil War” – Gordon Dammann
June 13 – “Gunners in the Corn – Federal and Confederate Artillery in the Cornfield” – Jim Rosebrock
June 20 – “Images from MG James Ricketts Division”– Joe Stahl
June 27 – “Antietam Hospitals” – John Schildt
July 4 – “Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination” – Dennis Frye
July 11 – “Ethnics in the Confederacy and at Sharpsburg”– Ted Alexander
July 18 – “The Battle of Bentonville” – Perry Jamieson
July 25 – “O.T. Reilly: Sharpsburg Relics and Remembrances“ – Stephen Recker
August 1 – “The Last Army of the Republic: the Myth of the Unused Reserves at the Battle of Antietam.”- Steve Stotelmyer
August 8 – “Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney: Beyond Dred Scott” – Matt Borders-
August 15 – “‘The Heaviest Blow Yet Given the Confederacy’: The Emancipation Proclamation Changes the Civil War“ – Kevin Pawlak
August 22 – “Zouaves, the First and the Bravest”- Tom Clemens
August 29 – “Sumner and French at Antietam” – Gary Rohrer

These Wednesday evening programs are free and open to the public. They will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Inn at 7:oo p.m so bring a chair to sit around our event tent. In case of inclement weather the talks will be moved to the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed United Church of Christ on Main Street.  Check our Blog and Facebook page for weekly updates about the speakers and their topics.

Civil War Lecture Series Notice

Topics and Speakers

2017: Our Year in Review

December 31, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

At the end of every year it is always a good idea to look back and see where you have been in order to know where the future should take you.  As we enter into the New Year we reflect back on 2017 and the changes around the Inn, the events thru the year, but most importantly, the extraordinary guests that have stayed with us.

2018 is looking even more exciting with new renovations planned, new events around the Inn, and the opportunity to see guests again.  From all of us at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn: “THANK YOU!”  Thank you for your business, friendship, loyalty, and support in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

Click here to watch Our Year in Review

 

 

Halloween at the Inn

October 31, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

Welcome to the Rohrbach Graveyard

If you have been to the Inn in October than you know that we LOVE to decorate for Halloween. The side of the house is transformed into a “Spooky Graveyard” with tombstones, skeletons and other things that go bump in the night.  We thought it would be great to show the rest of you Halloween at the Inn.

 

 

Like clockwork, on the first of October, the young residents of Sharpsburg start watching the yard to see the transformation begin.  Each day tombstones are arrayed across the side yard.  Skeletons appear, both animal and human, along with rats and birds hoping for a meal.  Every year one or two new tombstones are erected with a catching epitaph like – “I Told You I Was Sick” or “U. R. NEXT“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monsters from the old scary movies are here.

Cat & mice fighting over a bone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping a friend OUT…

Death is coming

Poor George

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need a hand???

SMILE, we’re watching YOU.

A vulture gathering some food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year we try to change some of the displays around or add something new. One year the push mower ran over a member of the ground crew and his feet were kicking from under the mower.  This year we have three new guests – our Civil War Veterans and a girl in the well.

Civil War veterans re-united at the Inn

Watch out for the girl in the well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a vacancy at the Inn…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front of the Inn is covered with spider webs and spiders moving to the prey they caught.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the top of the stairs, our scary doorman awaits to greet arriving guests as rats run across the porch, away from another gigantic spider.

Welcome to the Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other side of the Inn, a crime has been committed!  Police tape has closed off an area and little yellow tags marking  evidence have been laid out.  In the center of the area, the poor victim is wrapped in a shower curtain.  The evidence markers reveal several possible murder weapons –  a frying pan; a meat tenderizing mallet; and a baseball bat.  Off to the side is a recent newspaper with the headline reading, “LOCAL INNKEEPER MISSING”.

Crime Scene

I wonder what happened to the Innkeeper??       (Wait – Where’s Chris?!?!?)

Evidence markers at the crime scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark and Julia Brugh

If the decorations aren’t enough to scare you, then maybe ghost stories are.  Around the middle of the month, once things start to cool off and the sun sets earlier, we hold our “Ghost Stories around the Campfire” in the backyard.  Mark and Julia Brugh, who run the Sharpsburg Civil War Ghost Tour Company, come to tell the stories of local interest and folklore.  Mark is dressed as Arron Good, a town resident who took on the task to identify the location of the burial sites of all the soldiers from the Battle of Antietam.  He would be sought out when family members returned to recover their soldiers and when the government had the dead removed from the field and interned into cemeteries.  Julia is dressed all in black, portraying a young woman in mourning as was the practice of the Victorian period.

 

Jacob Rohrbach and Jack

Throughout the month of October you will see Mark and Julia in front of the Inn during their Ghost Tours.  Once their guests are done scoping out the ‘Spooky Graveyard’, Mark spins the tale of Jacob Rohrbach and his murder in the house by Confederate raiders here to steal his horse.  Off to the side of the yard guests can view the gravestone of Jacob Rohrbach.  There towering above is the skeleton of his horse Jack, whose eyes light up red as he gives a scarey whinny and snort.  If that’s not enough to scare the wits out of you, I’m not sure what will.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally on Halloween night as Trick or Treating begins, we get dressed up in our costumes.  Haunting music begins to play around the Inn and fog goes drifting throughout the graveyard.  Witch Amy is down on the walk passing out candy from her cauldron as a Scarecrow (Chris) stalks back and forth through the graveyard waving at children as they pass by.  And of course Maya and Zoey make an appearance as the “Rohrbach Witches”.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Civil War Ghost Stories at the Inn

September 18, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

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Civil War Ghost of Sharpsburg by Mark & Julia Brugh

In September 1862, fighting from the Battle of Antietam spilled into Sharpsburg’s streets. Residents were left to bury the dead from both sides. Today, locals report lingering echoes of that strife, from the faint taps of a Union drummer boy named Charley King, to the phantom footsteps of Confederate soldiers charging up the stairs of the Rohrbach House.

On October 16, come hear tour guides Mark and Julia Brugh craft a vivid portrait of Sharpsburg in the Civil War and bring to light stories of the ghosts for whom the conflict never ended.

Mark and Julia are also the authors of Civil War Ghosts of Sharpsburg, which features the story of Jacob Rohrbach.

 

 

 

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Julia & Mark Brugh

Julia Stinson Brugh is a native of West Virginia and grew up surrounded by Civil War legends. She was exposed at an early age to the rich history of the area, and lived in a haunted house in Harpers Ferry as a small child. Julia’s father was a historian with the National Park service, and growing up included frequent visits to Antietam with her parents and younger sister. Julia has a love of oral history, folklore, and ghost stories, which combined with Mark’s passion for history, makes the Sharpsburg Tour Company special.

Mark P. Brugh has studied Civil War history for more than thirty years. This passion led to the inception of the Sharpsburg Civil War Ghosts Tours, which offer both historical tours of the town, and family friendly ghost tours with a strong historical foundation. He is a member and volunteer for the C&O Canal Association and the Sharpsburg Historical Society. He is also a member of the Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation.  Mark has recently start a podcast about the Chronicles of Aaron Good and other fascinating stories of Antietam.

Join us on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm around a campfire in the side yard of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn to hear these intriguing Civil War Ghost stories. This program is free and open to the public. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit around the campfire. Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets. Check our Facebook page for updates. For further information call (301) 432-5079.

Luxury Bedding

July 30, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

Thomas Jackson Room

Guests at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn really enjoy the experience of sleeping on Comphy Sheets. These breathable high performance micro-fiber linens feel better than high thread count cotton. Beside feeling great, these non-allergenic, no-iron sheets dry quickly and are pre-treated to resist stains. No surprise that studies show that people sleep better on Comphy Sheets! You spend 1/3 of your life in bed so why not make it COMPHY!

These are NOT sold in stores. If you would like to sleep on Comphy Sheets at home, we can have them shipped directly to you. They also make great gifts!

What are the primary benefits and features of Comphy Sheets?

  • Looks and feels like 600 count cotton.
  • Performance fabric assures breathability and comfort.
  • Eco-friendly micro-fiber is 100% recyclable.
  • Dries quickly.
  • Does not require ironing.
  • Treated for stain release.
  • Highly recommended for people with sensitive skin.
  • Extra fine weave protects against dust mite allergens.
  • 18″ deep pockets fit newer pillow top mattresses.
  • Warranty: All Comphy Co. products are guaranteed for 300 washes!

Sets include: 1 fitted sheet; 1 flat top sheet; 2 Pillow Cases.

Comphy Sheets are available in cream, white, tea green, silver blue, grey, dove grey and mocha.

 

Pricing

** Prices do not include applicable sales taxes or freight.

We will take your order at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn (301-432-5079) and Comphy Co will drop-ship the order directly to you.

Cal King Sheet Set  $158.00
King Sheet Set  $158.00
Queen Sheet Set  $152.00
Full Sheet Set  $144.00
Twin Sheet Set $138.00
Twin XL Sheet Set  $138.00
Standard Pillow Case Set(20″ x 30″) $24.00
Queen Pillow Case Set (20″ x 32″) $28.00
King Pillow Case Set (20″ x 36″) $32.00

To order your Comphy Sheets from the Jacob Rohrbach Inn click here!

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