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Flowers about the Inn

July 17, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

We decided to do a visual blog this month since these pictures are just too pretty to muddle with a bunch of words!  Be sure to let us know what your favorite summer flowers are.   And as always……if you have something unique, we love to share and trade!

(click on the flowers to enlarge them)


White Geraniums, Purple Lantana and stripped Petunias – very cheery!

Purple Garden Phlox

Pink Garden Phlox









Squirrel checking out the Primroses (Oenothera speciosa)

Johnny Jump-up  (Viola cornuta) grows under the old pump

Impatient in the wheel-barrel









We’ve got lilies – LOTS of lilies!


Bright Yellow

and My favorite – Pink Stargazer







Love in the Mist (Nigella damascena)      Looks so delicate!

Pink and White Tall Garden Phlox circles the sitting area

Twin Great Spangled Fritillary Butterflies on the Coneflowers

Knockout rosebud – so pretty








Tuscan Sun – Perennial Sunflower

Hot Pink Verbena

More Verbena and roses

Threadleaf Tickseed








Purple Salvia lines the parking area

Purple and Green Hellebores

Found a nifty use for the old wagon and some enamel ware that I had

Container plants greet the guests -MUCH better then the mystery shrub that used to be there!









Just a little garden around the old tree stump with a purple verbena and some candy tuft.

The ‘Rohrbach Farm’












Maya & Zoey enjoying the pretty planter outside the General’s Quarters…



“This Old House” – The Thomas Jackson Room Renovation

May 3, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

Right after Valentine’s Weekend we closed off the Thomas Jackson Room to begin the long overdue renovation.  This room was one of the original guest rooms when the house was turned into a bed and breakfast thirty years ago. This second floor addition was added around 1804.  When the west side of the house was added between 1832 and 1845, this room became the formal parlor.  It was truly fascinating to uncover some of that early construction during the renovation.  We are very pleased with the project and would like to thank Anne Marie & Marty of Uphome Renovations, LLC for the tremendous work they did.  They were also extremely helpful in recommending an electrician, drywaller , and brick mason, all local craftsman, who did an excellent job as well.  Another ‘Thank you’ goes to Antietam Wood Floors for repairing and restoring the hardwood floors.  They turned out even better then expected and really make the room fitting for a general like “Stonewall” Jackson.

So here are a few picture BEFORE…..

Thomas Jackson RoomThomas Jackson RoomThomas Jackson RoomThomas Jackson Room





Before the room had wall-to-wall mauve carpet, wallpaper, and a functional, but very dated, bathroom.


A few pictures DURING…..

Bye-Bye Carpet!

See-ya later wallpaper


Standard 30″x 36″ fiberglass walled shower

Small vanity & mirror














Old wallpaper covers the inside chimney or west side fireplace for the room. (this is located behind a bathroom wall)

The old beam and floor boards.

Great to see the old hardwood floors again.














Maya giving Marty the final stamp of approval.

And a few pictures AFTER…..


48″ vanity with a large mirror, lots of storage and updated lighting.

Beautiful 36″x 48″ tiled shower with rainfall showerhead.

















We added a mini-fridge in the room too.


Old brick laid hearth and refurbished mantle for the fireplace










Spring means BASEBALL!

March 15, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

You know spring is coming when the flowers start to bloom, the birds are chirping and you hear the National Anthem in the distance.  That’s right – spring means BASEBALL, and in Sharpsburg little league begins the first Saturday of April.  When you’re sitting on your guest room porch, you can hear an announcer calling off the starting lineups for each team and then the National Anthem begins to play.  You close your eyes as the final notes echo through the town and your memories take you back to an earlier time; playing a game of catch in the backyard, going to your first big-league ball game with the smell of hot dogs in the stands, the roar of the crowd as the umpire yells, “PLAY BALL!”

That’s right, spring means baseball and what better place to experience both major and minor  league baseball than during your stay at the Inn.   Pick a day of the week and chances are, you can catch a major league game with the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Nationals.   Both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are just a short drive from the Inn and perfect for a day-trip.

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles


In Baltimore, you can visit the National Aquarium, explore the Maryland Science Center, tour the USS Constellation and have dinner at one of the great restaurants at the Inner Harbor before you head over to the O’s game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.



Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

Of course, in Washington, D.C. you could see the Lincoln Memorial and the National Air & Space Museum.  Stop by Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before heading over to Nationals game.  The Nat’s new stadium, Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol.  Before or after the game you can enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants along the fast-developing Capitol Riverfront adjacent to the Navy Yard.


If you’re looking for more of a small-town feel, but still want to get plenty of action, than we have two great minor league teams in Hagerstown and Frederick.

Frederick Keys

Frederick Keys


The Frederick Keys was established in 1989.  The Keys are a Carolina League Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and play on Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, which opened in 1990.


Hagerstown Suns

Hagerstown Suns



The Hagerstown Suns have been part of the South Atlantic League since 1993.  The Suns are a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. They play in Hagerstown at Municipal Stadium, which was built in 1931.




Manny Machado

Manny Machado

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper


If you take in one of these games you just never know who the next All Star you’ll see out on the field.  Manny Machado played with the Keys and Bryce Harper spent a short time with the Suns before making their major league debut.




If you’re looking for some down-home family fun, then staying at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn is the perfect choice  to get out to the old ball park and take in “America’s favorite pastime”.  So step up to the plate and hit a home run by booking your room today.



Changes around the Inn

July 20, 2016 by jacobrohrbach

It has been a busy first half of the year at the Inn with all the updates, additions and changes.  Here is a little peek at what’s been happening.

Unfortunately,  we had to remove two trees this spring, the Maple tree by the parking lot and the Ash tree in the backyard.  Our friends as Prefered Arbor Care in Hagerstown did a great job.  With the parking lot opened up, we decided to put in a new rock wall and flower bed along the front to welcome guests as they pulled in.

Prepared Arbor Care

Getting ready to start removing the Ash tree in the yard.

Prepared Arbor Care

Taking down the tree by the parking lot.


Putting in garden

Putting in the flowers

New flower bed

New flower bed


An over grown bush was removed to open the view to the Spring House.  As we were leveling out the ground what we thought was a rock turned out to be an old pipe.  It looks really good with the new sod in place.

An unexpected surprise...

An unexpected surprise…


New sod coming in nicely.











At the end of the walk, we thought it would be the perfect spot for a new seating area.

Maya lending a 'paw' digging in the garden.

Maya lending a ‘paw’ digging in the garden.

Our new Blue & Grey Garden.

Our new Blue & Gray Garden.








Flowers coming in around the seating area.

Flowers coming in around the seating area.







With the addition of the new seating area and the Ash tree gone, we moved the old pump closer to the house and designed a new flower bed around the old maple tree.

Maya & Zoey supervising the job.

Maya & Zoey supervising the job.

Getting ready to take out bush.

Getting ready to take out the Mock Orange bush






The old well pump.

The old well pump.


Found a nice spot for our little wheelbarrow boy.

Our big wheelbarrow boy looking for a nice spot for our little wheelbarrow boy.

Found a nice spot for our little wheelbarrow boy

Under the lilac bush – perfect!


We added a few more blueberry bushes, some other vegetables to go with the tomatoes and peppers; added the herb garden and the strawberries took off like wildfire.

Watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, and zucchini plants

Watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, and zucchini plants

Planted herb barden

Potted herb garden







Blueberry patch

Blueberry patch



Tomatos & Peppers

Tomatoes & Peppers










With most of the major projects done outside, we had time for a few updates inside.  We upgraded the mini-fridge in the General’s Quarters and moved that smaller one to the Harpers Ferry Suite.  The flat screen TVs in both the Clara Barton Suite and the Thomas Jackson Room were upgraded.  And finally, just in time to beat the summer heat, both the Jackson Room and the Clara Barton Suite received their own individually controlled high efficiency cooling and heating systems.  These two Mitsubishi wall-mounted, ductless systems were installed by McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning along with Steenburg Electrical Services.  In a few hours these guys had completed both rooms and it was a comfortable 65 degrees, outstanding job!


McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning and Steenburg Electrical Services










Running the line from the Clara Barton Suite.

Running the line from the Clara Barton Suite.

Hooking up the electricity

Hooking up the electricity















Thomas Jackson Room

Thomas Jackson Room

New wall unit in the Clara Barton Suite,

Clara Barton Suite













Well, that’s all the updates for now.  Check back in the fall to see more of the changes around the Inn.

“Four Days in October” – Rev. John Schildt

June 29, 2016 by jacobrohrbach

Civil War Summer Lecture Series

Rev. John Schildt (photo credit: fredericknewspost.com)

Rev. John Schildt (photo credit: fredericknewspost.com)

John Schildt hardly needs an introduction. He is well known for his many books relating the various aspects of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and local history. Reverend Schildt graduated from Shepherd College, Wesley Theological Seminary and has studied at Western Maryland College, Gettysburg Seminary and West Virginia University.

Rev. Schildt was introduced to Civil War history by his great-grandmother who fed Union troops on the way to Gettysburg when she was a little girl. John has been a lecturer and guide for the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, Bud Robertson’s “Campaigning with Lee”, the Chicago Civil War Round Table, and many other groups. He was the main speaker at the 125th anniversary of Antietam. Outside of Civil War history, John has led three educational excursions to Normandy and took part in the American and French commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the D-day landing in 1994. While leading explorations, he likes to make history come alive by sharing human interest stories about people and places. Having been a lifelong student of Antietam, John has written many books on the subject, including “September Echoes,” “Drums along the Antietam,” “Roads to Antietam,” and several others.

Rev. Schildt will present the final talk in this year’s Summer Lecture Series talks on Wednesday, August 31st with Four Days in October”.  The Valley of the Antietam has heard the beat of Indian drums, the drum beat of revivalism, and the drums of the Blue and the Gray during the Maryland Campaign of 1862 . But two weeks after the battle the drums beat again. This time in honor of the visit of the President, Abraham Lincoln. John will discuss the story of Mr. Lincoln’s visit to Antietam, telling why he came, how he arrived, and what he did during those eventful days when he made history by walking over the hills around Sharpsburg.

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

These Wednesday evening programs are free and open to the public.  They will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn at 7:oo p.m.  Feel free to bring a chair or blanket to sit around the event tent. In case of inclement weather talks will be moved to the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed United Church of Christ. Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.
Check our Facebook page for updates.

Pollinators at the Inn

June 27, 2016 by jacobrohrbach


Visiting Purple Sage


Everyone that stays at the Inn comments on the yard, almost always like this: “Wow, this is beautiful!”, “Do you do all of this yourselves?”, “This is a lot of work!”  The response to those comments is: “YES!”   Yes, it is beautiful and yes, it is a lot of work, but we can’t say we do it all ourselves.  Mother Nature has provided some outstanding helpers, our friends the pollinators!  If you didn’t know, National Pollinator Week was this month (June 20-26)  and I thought it would be fun to do a photo blog of some of our garden assistants hard at work in the flower beds.


Checking out the Coral Bells










Lunching on a Lavender Pincushion Flower



Resting on a White Impatient














They love the Purple Sage




Honey Bee blending into an Annual Sunflower











This Blue Lobelia’s petals mirror the bee’s wings




Taking a taste of a Blue Pincushion flower

Bee inside flower

Dipping inside a Hosta Bloom


Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Filling up at an Obedient Plant




Find Your Park – Monocacy National Battlefield

May 29, 2016 by jacobrohrbach

Find Your Park

Find Your Park

Find Your Park

We continue the Find Your Park in our backyard series this month, featuring the Monocacy National Battlefield.  Known as “The Battle that Saved Washington” this 1864 battle would be one of the last Confederate excursions into Union territory.  Only a short drive from the Inn, the battlefield is just southeast of the city of Frederick, Maryland.

As with most Civil War battlefields, a large portion of the Monocacy battlefield remained in private hands for over 100 years.  In 1928, George Worthington, owner of a large portion of the fields, had petitioned Congress for the creation of a National Military Park.  Although Congress passed a bill in 1934, it would take almost 50 years for funds to be appropriated for the acquisition of land.  Today the Monocacy Battlefield encompasses over 1,650 acres  and is made up of the Baker, Best, Gambrill, Lewis, Thomas, and Worthington  farmsteads.   These same farms that bore the brunt of the fighting on July 9, 1864 had also experienced the war earlier during both the Maryland Campaign in 1862 and again in 1863 as Union forces were moving north toward Gettysburg.

Best Farm (Photo Credit: NPS)

Best Farm (Photo Credit: NPS)

The opening skirmishes of the battle would begin on the Best Farm near Monocacy Junction.  Here the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad crossed the Best fields and played a key role in the Union defense.  The Battle of Monocacy is often referred to as the “Battle that Saved Washington”.  On July 5-6, 1864 about 15,000 Confederate forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Jubal Early crossed over the Potomac River near Sharpsburg and advanced toward Frederick in an attempt to threaten and possibly capture Washington D.C.  Major General Lew Wallace, the Union commander in Baltimore, quickly rushed 3,200 troops on the B & O Railroad and headed toward Frederick.  Upon reaching the Monocacy Junction, Wallace set up a hasty defense to guard the three bridges and several fords over the Monocacy River hoping to delay Early until Washington could be reinforced.  By dawn on July 9, 3,400 Union veterans had reached Wallace from Lt. General Ulysses S Grant.  Although still outnumbered more than two to one, Wallace’s force would keep the Confederates at bay during the all day fight.  Finally Wallace could no longer hold his position and was forced to fall back and retreat toward Baltimore, leaving behind some 1,300 casualties.  The battle cost Jubal Early over 900 men, and he would also lose precious time on his advance to Washington.  On July 11, when his army finally reached the outskirts of Washington’s defenses at Fort Stevens, he found that Grant had rushed two more Union divisions from Petersburg, Virginia to bolster the capital defenses.  The next day Early withdrew his army back into Virginia, ending the last Confederate invasion of the North.

Walking Trail

Walking Trail at Monocacy (Photo credit: NPS)

Patrons of the Monocacy Battlefield Visitors Center can enjoy an electric map orientation program, interactive computer programs, interpretive displays, artifacts of the battle and a museum store.   There is a self-guided auto tour of the five stops covering about six miles.  The park also offers a number of walking trails for visitors to explore the flora and wildlife of the region.


National Civil War Medical Museum

National Civil War Medical Museum

While in Fredrick to visit Monocacy, be sure to take advantage of additional points of interest like the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.  Located in downtown Frederick, the Museum is the premier center for the preservation and research of the legacy of Civil War Medical innovation and humanitarianism.

Now get out and Find Your Park – Visit Monocacy!

Antietam Endgame: The Conclusion of Lee’s Maryland Invasion, September 18-20, 1862 – Kevin Pawlak

May 10, 2016 by jacobrohrbach


Kevin Pawlak

Civil War Summer Lecture Series

Kevin Pawlak is the Education Specialist at the Mosby Heritage Area Association and a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield. A 2014 graduate of Shepherd University, Kevin previously worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He is the author of “Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital,” published by The History Press in 2015.

On Wednesday, June 15th Kevin Pawlak will present his  Summer Lecture Series talk on “Antietam Endgame: The Conclusion of Lee’s Maryland Invasion, September 18-20, 1862”.  The Maryland Campaign did not conclude with the Battle of Antietam on September 17. Three days of fighting and maneuvering after the bloodiest single day in American history ended Confederate hopes for a victory on Northern soil. The outcome of the campaign still hung much in the balance and sharp fighting at Shepherdstown and Williamsport proved to be the final events that turned one of this nation’s most crucial campaigns into a victory for the United States.

Come join leading historians, Antietam Battlefield Guides, NPS volunteer interpreters and living history presenters as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These Wednesday evening programs are free and open to the public. They will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn at 7:oo p.m. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket to sit around the event tent. In case of inclement weather talks will be cancelled. Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets. Check our Facebook page for updates.

Our First Year

December 30, 2015 by jacobrohrbach

Our First Year at the Antietam  Fireworks

Our first year at the Antietam  Fireworks

Where has the year gone?

As 2015 winds down, so does our first year as the Owners and Innkeepers of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. It has been a very busy year and we have been enjoying a well deserved holiday break with family and friends.

This being the time of year for reflections, we would like to look back, acknowledge and say ‘thank you’ to the many, many people and businesses who made it possible to reach this milestone.

First and foremost – to our boys –  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Your love and support over the last 3 years has been amazing.  You never complained about how this decision was going to impact your lives, you just said “GO FOR IT!”

To our friends and family – You could have laughed at us when we first said that we were thinking about buying a B&B and becoming Innkeepers, instead you asked – “What can we do to help?”  We are truly blessed!

Scott and Marilyn Bushnell of Bushnell & Bushnell Services. You answered our questions, provided your expert knowledge and experience, and kept us focused until we found the perfect Inn for us.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

E. Lee Remley Inc., General Contractors. Thank you for your professional consultation, design work, and amazing carpentry skills during our renovation period.

Thank you to all the professional consultants that gave us great advice and continue to support our venture:
Attorney James D. O’Connor, of O’Connor, Hammel & Butler, P.A.; our CPA’s – Joe Reilly and John Brethauer of Fiducial Business Centers, Inc.; Jeff Keller of Jefferson Security Bank; and Tad Shirey and Amy Greenplate of Insurance Services United, Inc.

Some of the many vendors who deserve to be mention here are:

Coffee mug from Deneen Pottery.

Our first year coffee mugs from Deneen Pottery.

  • Debbie Anderson of Victorian House Scones for providing the first item for our gift shop and the delicious scone mixes.
  • A special thanks to Deneen Pottery for designing our fabulous new logo and our wonderful coffee mugs.
  • BJ’s Custom Creations for providing our customized guest water bottles that are used as the first bounty in our Guest Reward Program.
  • To Christian Giannelli and his father of Christian Giannelli Photography for doing an outstanding job and being so flexible and fun to work with during our photo shoot.
  • Comphy Company for producing all the fantastic linens used on our beds.
  • Pat McCauley and her team (Beth, Corey and Shawn) of InsideOut Solutions for their patience, hard work and continued assistance with our amazing new website.

We would like to express our appreciation for the goodwill that we received from the Sharpsburg community and the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) for their encouragement and support of the small lodging partners.

Finally we want to say thank you to all of our guests for a great first year. We met some fantastic people and made many new friends.   We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in 2016 and wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!