June is a big month in the history of the Historic Smithton Inn. Historic records show that the current-day stone structure for the Inn was completed in June of 1763 (prior to that, there had been a wooden “primitive structure” on the site). And on June 23, 2009, we took over as innkeepers for the Smithton, becoming only the third “family” to own the property!!
History of Smithton Owners:
Heinrich and Clara Miller: approx 1751 – 1757
Henry II and Susanna Margaret Henkel Miller: 1757 – 1778
Henry III and Catharine Martin Miller: 1778 – 1832
Samuel Miller: 1832 – 1838
Adam Miller: 1838 – 1848 (estate in flux)
Maria Miller Erb & Israel Erb: 1856 – 1906
Samuel D. Erb: 1906 – ??
Carrie Erb Garber & Andrew Garber: ?? – 1978
Alan Smith & Dorothy Graybill Smith: 1979 – 2009
David Gallagher & Rebecca Cesa Gallagher: 2009 – present
It seems appropriate that we share our “Anniversary Weekend” with a festival 100% suited to a family with the name of GALLAGHER! This weekend (June 25 – 27) is the annual Celtic Fling & Highland Games on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, just 17 miles from the Smithton Inn. Friday night, the band Young Dubliners will be the opening act, followed by fellow Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis. In addition to live music (traditional and rock) there will be food, drink, games and cultural activities. For more information or to by tickets, visit http://www.parenfaire.com/ or call 717-665-7021, x.231.
So the Gallagher “Clan” in Ephrata will be doing some celebrating this weekend, including a bit of looking back to see how far we’ve come in the last year. If you’re interested to see what changes and updates we’ve made in the last 12 months, you can check out the Shutterfly book we’ve put together with some ‘before and after’ shots throughout the entire property, including the basement and 3rd floor owner’s quarters. So many friends, family members and local contractors played a role in making this last year a success… not to mention the incredible guests we’ve had the opportunity of hosting along the way… to ALL of you, Thanks!!
It seems appropriate to close this post with an Irish Toast … one that very likely will be spoken this weekend:
May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.
We hope to see you soon!!