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"To create the atmosphere, opportunity and facilities for people to experience the stories of our rich heritage, culture and values."
Our organization is dedicated to following the mission stated above through the efforts of a volunteer board of directors, one full-time paid administrator and scores and scores of volunteers. These individuals create and implement events and activities throughout the year that highlight the artisan village -- which consists of a quaint colonial community in the small town of Grantsville, MD (located in northern Garrett County). The numerous buildings here at Spruce Forest are authentic, original log cabins and other rustic structures that have been lovingly restored with expert craftsmanship, serving as studios for artisans such as a potter, blacksmith, weaver, soap maker, teddy bear artist and herb specialist, stained glass artists, basketweaver and spinner, slate painter and bird sculptor. All of these artisans are well-educated and well-trained at their craft, and they share the stories and traditions of old-time workmanship with over 50,000 visitors annually. These artisans hand-craft every piece of their work here at Spruce Forest, and have these works for sale in their log cabins. For most of the village's artists, this is their sole source of income and the way in which they support their families. Our organization also has a hosting program in the summer season (May through October), when volunteers share storytelling duties in the 1835 Miller House and the 1825 Compton School. Other buildings include the Village Church (1903), Bear Hill School (1913), Schrock Cabin (1930), Eli Miller Shed (1889), Winterberg House (1820 and a former stagecoach stop along the Old National Road, of which we are located along), Glotfelty House (1776), Markley House (1775), Red Shed, Village Office (1991), Stanton's Mill (1797 and waiting for funds and donations to enable massive restoration). Our campus is located between the historic 1813 Casselman Bridge and the former stagecoach stop now known as Penn Alps Restaurant & Crafts Shop, which specializes in Pennsylvania Dutch dishes and features the works of over 400 artists in their beautiful craft shop. The entire complex is nestled amidst much 18th and 19th century history, as George Washington as a general in the Army coordinated efforts to build this first national road in this great country. Admission to the village is free Monday-Saturday, year-round, except during some special events. Donations are accepted at various locations throughout the campus. Receipts for tax-deductible donations are issued in the Village Office or by special requests through other venues.
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