Our Volunteer Stewardship~Outstanding!

In spring of 2014, the Harford County Historic Preservation Commission honored the Friends of Jerusalem Mill (FOJM) with a Preservation Stewardship award for 30 years of “outstanding effort and intent toward the maintenance and preservation of an historic property, structure and/or site in Harford County over an extended period of time.”

Anyone who visits Jerusalem Mill Village during our regular weekend living history programs, summer concerts, and special events, or even when Nature is the only thing going on, can see the results of that outstanding effort. But they may not realize that it takes hundreds of pairs of hands, thousands of hours of planning, and tens of thousands of fundraised dollars annually to turn intent into reality. Here’s the best part—everything our visitors see and enjoy is accomplished by volunteers.

Joan Scovill, one of our devoted longtime volunteers, received the Commission’s Special Preservation Award for “her efforts to promote education and public history at the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village.” The Maryland General Assembly also added their “sincerest congratulations…in recognition of receiving the 2014 Special Preservation Award…”

But wait, there’s more! In August, Joan received a Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate for “appreciation of your efforts to ensure the vitality of the community in which you volunteer, your contributions to the citizens of Maryland, and your support of Maryland’s longstanding tradition of community involvement.”

The descriptions of Joan’s work are necessarily brief, but if we assigned a dollar value to everything she does for FOJM, we’d easily prove that she’s worth a million. In fact, that’s how we feel about all of our volunteers, regardless of their level of commitment. It all adds up!

Oh, wait, there’s more! FOJM received a Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate for years of participation in the Adopt-A-Highway Program. Maybe you’ve seen our signs along Route 152 near Jerusalem Road. Our next Adopt-A-Highway pickup happens in October. Call 410-877-0080 if you want to join our group of intrepid trash picker-uppers. It’s fun!

Award Presentation at Liriodendron Spring 2014

Award Presentation at Liriodendron, Spring 2014







See more pictures of the Historic Preservation Commission award ceremony.

Learn more about the Governor’s Service awards.

Don’t miss the Charlie Zahm concert on August 24!

We hope to see a huge crowd enjoying Celtic and traditional American songs performed by Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks, and Steve Hobson this Sunday, August 24! It’s our final outdoor concert of the Summer 2014 series, and Charlie is one of our favorite performers.

Year after year, Charlie’s voice, musicianship, extensive musical repertoire, and stage presence make him a popular performer at festivals, music events, house concerts, and many other venues. Did you know that he is one of the few singers in the world to be invited to sing live with Scotland’s Black Watch band?

Charlie will be joined on our Wheelwright stage by fiddler Tad Marks, one of the best fiddlers we know, and Steve Hobson, a fine guitarist and singer-songwriter who often performs with Charlie. A few weeks ago some of us trekked up to Aberdeen (um, just up the road, not in Scotland, darnit) to hear Charlie, Tad, and Steve perform a John Denver and 60s folk tribute concert. Charlie was in amazingly fine voice that evening, and the band was having such a good time singing and playing that they made it even more of a fun, fun evening than we expected.

Here’s a picture of Tad, Charlie, and Steve at a recent concert in Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Thompson McConnell

Charlie Tad Steve





So, bring your picnic and chairs, your family and friends, and enjoy our last concert of the season. Visit our our Events page for concert details.

Our Summer Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, in cooperation with the staff of Gunpowder Falls State Park, and is made possible, in part, by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

Hearth Cooking Classes!

The hearth cooks at Jerusalem MOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAill Village  are pleased to announce that classes in the art of hearth cooking will be held in the stone building behind the mill on the second Saturdays of several upcoming months. The dates are April 12, May 10, June 14, September 13, and November 8,  from 12 p.m. (noon) to 4 p.m.

Students will learn hearth cooking basics, along with how to manage the fire. The fee for each class is $15 for members of The Friends of Jerusalem Mill, or $20 for non-members. Space in each class is limited. The registration fee must be paid in advance to hold a space in the class. You may take one, several, or all of the classes.

To request the registration form and more details, please send an e-mail with your contact information to jerusalemmill@yahoo.com.

We hope to see you there! 


Coal for Sale!

Blacksmith SmithingThe Jerusalem Mill Village blacksmiths are pleased to offer coal for sale to other blacksmiths. This is a pea coal that burns nicely and makes good- burning coke. The price is $14.00 for a 50-pound bag. You may purchase the coal on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month before 12:00 pm or after 3:30 pm. Ask for Jeff, Kit, or Henry. Please have exact cash or check with valid ID. You may also e-mail us at jerusalemmill@yahoo.com.