The History of Stoney Creek
According to local deed records, Joel Schlosser is the first recorded owner of the property known today as Stoney Creek Farm. The Schlosser family has long ties to Boonsboro and Washington County, Maryland, and parts of Pennsylvania after their immigration from Germany in the late 1700s. In fact, Joel’s brother David served as the mayor of Boonsboro from 1869 to 1872, and many family members are buried in the Boonsboro Reformed Church Graveyard or on private property close by. The Schlessor family owned the farm for almost 140 years.
A Brief History of Boonsboro, Maryland
Brothers George and William Boone, relatives of the more famous Daniel Boone, founded the town of Boonsboro. It is situated along the main road leading from Hagerstown to Frederick, with the original land records referring to the area as ‘Boones Berry.’ The town itself was laid out by the brother’s in half-acre lots in 1792 and was later incorporated in 1831.
The town was originally named Margaretsville in honor of George's wife, but was eventually changed to Boonesborough, and then later to its shortened spelling – Boonsboro. With the construction of the National Road, a turnpike connecting Baltimore to the west, Boonsboro grew and prospered. In 1823, a new process called "macadam" was used to finish an unpaved section of the turnpike from Boonsboro to Hagerstown. This was the first time the road building process was used in the United States.
On the 4th of July in 1827, the citizens of Boonsboro erected the first monument to honor George Washington on top of South Mountain. Used during the Civil War, the monument was restored in 1882 and again in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The first battle of the Civil War fought on northern soil was the Battle of South Mountain on September 14, 1862. Churches, public buildings and homes in the town were used as hospitals.
Today, Boonsboro is a quiet bedroom community catching the over-flow growth of Frederick County, as commuters to the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area move westward in search of homes or a weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast.
Stoney Creek was purchased in 2004 by David Kempton, Joe Farone, and Brandon Green and is managed by Innkeeper Denise Lawhead and Assistant Innkeeper Heather Noel.
David has lived in the Washington area since 1997 first living in Springfield, Virginia, after moving from Michigan where he resided for 27 years. David owns his own home inspection business, HomeAuthority, and continues to inspect houses throughout the Washington DC and Baltimore Metro areas today.
David discovered Stoney Creek by chance in early 2004. "The first time I visited Stoney Creek I knew we had found something special. I didn't want to leave because I felt the peaceful, relaxed, calming energy that surrounds Stoney Creek. I knew immediately I wanted to share the experience and envisioned the creation of an Inn unlike anything before. It was obvious that the property longed to be shared with others and would make a perfect bed and breakfast."
David spends much of his time at the Inn maintaining everything from the buildings, to the grounds, trails and fields.
Denise moved from Michigan with her husband Steve to be the Innkeeper at Stoney Creek. Denise is a warm and caring hostess, making stunning breakfasts and creating an inviting atmosphere for all who come to stay. Heather is our Assistant Innkeeper and Denise's daughter, helping run the Inn and taking care of guests, as well as working on our website and gardening. Gardening is what she loves the most. In many ways Stoney Creek has become a family business and carries forth a special sense of service instilled in Denise and David by their parents many years ago. Diversity is celebrated and everyone is authentically welcome at Stoney Creek.
Brandon met David through his real estate business in Washington DC. Always interested in historical homes and projects, he was intrigued when David called him in early 2004 and expressed his excitement about finding a very special place in rural Washington County, Maryland. Brandon visited the property shortly thereafter and he too could feel the special presence at Stoney Creek and wanted to help.
Brandon is a real estate broker in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia and spends most of his time working day to day in the real estate business. Stoney Creek matches closely with his belief that there is a strong connection between properties and the impact they have on peoples' lives. Stoney Creek speaks to that connection as it continues to have a significant individual impact year after year.
Since the purchase in November of 2004, friends of Stoney Creek have worked tirelessly to create what you see today. Four and a half baths have been added and a fifth totally remodeled. The rooms have been painted, papered, sanded, and decorated to flow with the heritage of the home yet to bring it into the 21st century. All the flooring throughout the house has been replaced, sanded, or reconditioned using as much material as possible from the farm, such as the wood planks on the floor of the dining room that were formally in the attic. The list of improvements is endless.
With both comfort and convenience in mind, Stoney Creek offers guests the luxurious get-away experience you expect.
All guest rooms include gorgeous private bathrooms with walk-in showers, antiques, beautifully appointed room furnishings, cable television, and wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi).
Throughout the Inn, guests are surrounded by charming décor and antique furnishings. The great room offers a grand piano with ample seating to relax, play cards, board games, and spend quiet time enjoying the good company of the Innkeepers and the other guests we know you will soon call friends.
Hospitality and gracious service matter at the Inn, and so all guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.