Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a unique Garrett County treasure that has been enjoyed for decades. It suffered extensive damage in April 2020. They are now in the process of returning this local landmark to its former glory.
About Spruce Forest Artisan Village
Located in Grantsville, the Artisan Village offers the chance to step back in time. It was established thirty-five years ago. The village is a sister property to Penn Alps, a favorite Garrett County restaurant that dates back to 1818.
Artists in residence demonstrate and sell their crafts. Classes are also offered to the public. All of this takes place in historic buildings situated throughout the beautiful grounds. There are thirteen log and frame structures. Two of them go back to the Revolutionary War Period. Most of these are used as studio space.
Resident artists are highly skilled and produce items that include: bird carvings, pottery, hand-forged iron, natural soaps, and more.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village is along the historic National Road that played a big part in the development of the our area. It is adjacent to the historic Casselman Bridge State Park.
During the spring of 2020, severe storms came through the area. Straight-line winds reached an estimated 100 miles per hour. About fifty spruce trees were destroyed and cabins were also damaged. Planting of new trees began in October 2021. All of the necessary funds came from donations to rebuild. Future plans include rebuilding the covered bridge entrance and new pathways.
Christmas in the Village
Christmas in the Village returns Friday, December 3rd, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 4th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This favorite holiday event features a tree lighting on Friday at 7pm. You can enjoy hot chocolate and cider while you explore the Village. Luminaries light the paths and extend over the Casselman River Bridge.