Meshach Browning: Local Legend of the Deep Creek Area

“The country abounded with deer, bears, panthers, wolves, wildcats, catamounts, wild turkeys, foxes, rabbits, pheasants, partridges, wild bees, and in all the streams trout without number.  The whole face of the country was like a beautiful sheet of wallpaper, variegated with all shades of color.”  Forty –four Years of the Life of a Hunter, Meshach Browning

When thinking of great pioneer men, names like Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone easily spring to mind.  Equally important in the history of the American hunting and frontier experience is tale told by local legend Meshach Browning in Forty-four Years of the Life of a Hunter.  Writing by candlelight with a turkey quill pen, Browning recorded the daily trials and tribulations of his hard-scrabble existence in the wilds of Western Maryland.  During his hunting career he claims to have killed between three and four hundred bears, about fifty panthers, over two thousand deer and scores of wolves and wildcats. 

His account reflects not only the determination of early settlers as they surmounted the difficulties of frontier life but also his great love for an area he called “the prettiest country in the world.”

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Illustration from Forty-Four Yeas in the Life of Hunter by Meshach Browning

Meshach Browning’s Early Life

Browning’s roots in the United States can be traced back to Captain John Browning, who arrived just fourteen years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.  Meshach’s grandfather, William, and father, Joshua, served under George Washington’s command in the 1755 expedition against Fort Duquesne.  There they saw the defeat of General Edward Braddock.  Meshach Browning was born in Frederick County, MD in 1781. 

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New Listing: 28 Sandstone Circle at Deep Creek Lake

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This new listing is already part of the Taylor-Made family! Known to rental guests as Sheba Snow, it is in a quiet, mountaintop community.

New Listing Overview

28 Sandstone Circle is in the gated Greenbrier at Lodestone Community. It is a well-built Mountaineer Log Home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The open floor plan is ideal for gathering and there are two propane fireplaces as well. This home features a beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops.

The outdoor space is just as pleasing with a hot tub for your enjoyment, an expansive deck and a covered porch. You will enjoy this space during every season at Deep Creek Lake. Situated on .52 acres, there is also ample yard space surrounded by trees. The two-car garage has lots of storage options, and there is a roughed-in suite above ready for your finishing touches.

About the Location

Greenbrier at Lodestone is adjacent to the Lodestone Golf Course. The Clubhouse is right around the corner from this new listing. Designed by 3 time U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin, it has sweeping lake and mountain views.

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December Deep Creek Lake Events

December Deep Creek Lake events offer lots of ways to catch the holiday spirit. There is nothing like the holiday season in the mountains! Find out where you can see Santa or ring in the New Year with my event guide for December 2019.

December Deep Creek Events

December Deep Creek Events

Christmas in the Village
December 6 & 7
The 33rd Annual Christmas in the Village is Friday from 4-8 pm and Saturday from noon-8 pm. Candle luminaries light the way around fire-warmed studios and historic museums during this free event. Meet the artists and purchase gifts. Hands-on activities for kids and choral programs in the village church.
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A Great Small Town Christmas
December 6 & 7
Tree lighting ceremony, sleigh/carriage rides, treats from Santa, music, shopping and dining specials and more.
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2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes
December 6 & 7
First United Bank & Trust sponsors of the Annual Christmas Charity Tour of Homes with proceeds from this year’s event benefitting Garrett County Habitat for Humanity.
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Garrett County’s History of Hosting Vacationers

Garrett County’s cool summers, crisp mountain air and breathtaking scenery have lured visitors to the area for over 150 years.  Long before Deep Creek Lake or Wisp Resort were even a thought, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad transported wealthy summer patrons out of the city heat to the grand hotels and elaborate summer cottages of Oakland, Deer Park, Loch Lynn and Mountain Lake Park. 

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During the post Civil War period, the B&O Railroad increased its passenger traffic by capitalizing on cool Garrett County summers.  In the days before air conditioning, it became quite fashionable escape to the mountains from the oppressive urban heat.  This expansion spawned a chain of posh hotels along the route west.  B&O built two new resort retreats on the mountain top during the 1870’s.  The first to be completed was the Deer Park Hotel, which opened for business on July 4th, 1873.  Featuring a golf course, a building for billiards and bowling, private rental cottages and a large glass-covered bath house containing two swimming pools as well as Turkish and Russian baths, it was quite a spectacle in rural Garrett County.  The Deer Park attracted many famous visitors over the years including General Ulysses S. Grant and President Grover Cleveland, who honeymooned at the resort. 

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The overwhelming success of the Deer Park inspired the construction of another hotel just a few years later.  Located along the tracks and across from the train Oakland train station, the Oakland Hotel featured a large ballroom, accommodations for over a hundred guests, and a large park of maple, oak and pine.  In 1883, Alexander Graham Bell took a “working vacation” at the Oakland hotel and oversaw the installation of Garrett County’s first telephone service.  A line connected the Oakland and Deer Park resorts which were about five miles apart. 

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New Deep Creek Listing: 2062 Paradise Point Road

This new Deep Creek listing is truly special. Whether you are looking for a second home or investment property, it has endless potential. 2062 Paradise Point Road is a one-of-a-kind listing that will take your breath away.

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About this New Deep Creek Listing

Situated on .92 acres, is a stunner inside and out. The large, grassy lawn leads to more than 379 feet of prime waterfront. Your private Type A dock is a sought after amenity. You can keep your boat there spring through fall. The quiet cove location is ideal for swimming and fishing as well as kayaking.

Amazing water views can be enjoyed from the tiled, covered front porch. It has a built in fireplace that makes it a spot for entertaining no matter what the weather.

Inside, it is clear that this home was built with comfort in mind. It has 3+ levels that are bright and airy. No detail was overlooked. The high-end finishes include:

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What’s Happening at Deep Creek November 2019

Deep Creek November events center around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is a quieter time of year at the lake. While it might not be jam packed with events, it is a month made for long walks and cozy nights by the fire.

Deep Creek November Events

Deep Creek November Events

Live Entertainment at the Honi-Honi
Every Friday and Saturday
You can count on the ever popular Honi-Honi for live music every weekend.
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Team Bingo at Mountain State
Every Sunday, 1PM
This FREE game is fun for the entire family. Munch on delicious flatbreads and sip craft beers while you play bingo with a chance to win a $250 jackpot round. More Info

Garrett Regional Medical Center 2019 Gala
November 16, 6PM, Wisp Resort
Join Garrett Regional Medical Center as they honor the stars of our community. This black tie affair is a fun way to support our local hospital.
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Festival of Trees
November 28 and 30, Garrett County Fairgrounds
Catch the holiday spirit at this favorite event that raises money for the Dove Center. The kids can have breakfast with Santa (make reservations). There are also lots of fun crafts along with a “crazy hair” station. For the grown ups, there are numerous artisans on-hand selling their work. You can check out the beautifully decorated trees that are auctioned off at the end of the event. More Info

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Deep Creek Lake Wedding Mini Guide

This Deep Creek Lake wedding mini guide is meant to give an overview of options in our area. I’ll admit, I’m not a wedding expert. Real estate is my focus. However, I do know the area and some of the most popular options for your special day.

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Deep Creek Lake Wedding License

This is an important detail. You apply in person at the Garrett County Courthouse. It is open from 8:30am-3:45pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays). The fee is $40.

Garrett County Court House
 203 S. 4th Street, Room #109
 Oakland, MD 21550
301-334-1937

You must be at least 25 years of age, only 1 person needs to apply. Bring the following info: Name, Address, Date of Birth and Social Security number.

If either party is divorced, you present the Divorce Decree. You may use the marriage license 2 days after it is issued and it is good for 6 months.

Have Your Event in a Taylor-Made Vacation Home

Imagine saying “I do” with stunning lake views in the background. Have your ceremony and/or reception at a vacation rental home will make it truly unique. Taylor-Made has more than a dozen properties that host weddings. They must be outdoor events, and there are a few guidelines. Our event coordinator will help with all the details.

Whether or not you have your ceremony in a rental home, Taylor-Made can help with accommodations for you and your family. Homes range in size from 1-9 bedrooms. Also, they have tons of fun amenities like private pools and hot tubs. Stay in homes that are close together and turn your destination wedding into a fun, family vacation.

Deep Creek Lake Wedding Event Barns

Event barns have become increasingly popular venues. They combine rustic elegance with a touch of whimsy. Additionally, the surrounding acreage offers lots of great photo opportunities.

The White Barn at Lucas Farm
4161 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, Maryland 21550
301.616.6077 

Twin Tails Event Farm
4150 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550
301.616.4268

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New Deep Creek Area Businesses

New Deep Creek area businesses have opened or will do so soon. They are expanding the options of things to do along with adding to available services. It is wonderful to see our communities growing and thriving.

7 New Deep Creek Area Businesses

Deep Creek Area Businesses

Vagabond Taproom
Opening early October 2019! Located at 215 E. Alder Street in Oakland, the bar will offer 14 craft beers on tap, along with a rotating stock of two white wines and two red wines. Additionally, a small menu is planned with nine small plate appetizers. Root beer will be on tap as well at this kid friendly establishment. Keep an eye on their Facebook page (link above) for updates.

Meraki Style Studio
This new salon is also located at 215 E. Alder Street – use the back entrance. It is owned by Nicolette Hill who has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. She offers fresh cuts and color in a comfortable, upscale environment.

Craeve & Company
This boutique sales and marketing consulting firm serves small businesses. They offer sales and marketing plans, social media consulting, design and branding services and much more! They are also located in downtown Oakland, sharing a brick and mortar location with Curly Red Design.

Shooters Bar & Grill
Opening soon as of this post, this is sure to be a new favorite spot! It is located at 17869 Garrett Highway across from Sand Flat Road. The eatery has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. The menu includes burgers, wraps, pizza, subs and much more. Plus, they have a full bar.

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Fall Events at Deep Creek Lake

Fall events celebrate this colorful season at Deep Creek Lake! Throughout the month of October, there are fun happenings throughout Garrett County and the surrounding area. Additionally, you can enjoy vibrant foliage as you travel from one festival to the next!

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Along with the events listed below, MoonShadow and the Honi-Honi bar have live music every weekend.

Fall Events 2019

Cove Run Farm Corn Maze
Friday – 4-9, Saturday 12-9 and Sunday 2-6 (other days/times by appointment), 596 Griffith Rd., Accident, MD
Bring the kids and find your way through the corn maze! Hay rides and a petting zoo are available too!

Springs Folk Festival
October 4-5, 9AM-5PM, Springs, PA
Experience this celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. There is live music, hayrides for the kids and over 100 artisans selling and demonstrating their crafts.

52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival
October 9-13, Activities throughout Garrett County
This favorite festival is five days of fun! Parades, craft shows, live music and antique shows are just a few of the highlights.

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Youghiogheny Mountain Resort Community Spotlight

Youghiogheny Mountain Resort is a unique Garrett County community. Outdoor enthusiasts with a sense of adventure love its scenic and rugged nature. It is a place where you can feel like you are away from it all but not too far from modern conveniences and area attractions.

About Youghiogheny Mountain Resort Mountain Resort

Tucked away, Youghiogheny (Yough) Mountain Resort community offers residents peaceful surroundings, beautiful views and lots of wildlife. It is a gated community that encompasses over 2400 acres. Also, it has about 43 miles of roads, 32 miles of maintained roads (mostly gravel) and more than 13 miles of trails for hiking and ORVs. There are several fishing areas as well as a designated hunting area. A community picnic pavilion is available for residents to rent for events.

The HOA is active and often hosts picnics throughout the summer.

Yough Mountain Resort located within about 15-25 minutes from popular area attractions and the town of Oakland. So you can easily reach Deep Creek Lake activities, Swallow Falls State Park, Wisp Resort and more.

Featured Yough Mountain Resort Listing

Youghiogheny Mountain Resort

118 Rhododendron Drive is situated on 1.18 acres in Yough Mountain Resort. Currently, it is listed for $224,9000.

This home offers two levels of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, granite countertops and cathedral ceilings. This home offers plenty of room for a vacation get-away or full-time residence and includes an extra lot.

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