Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Celebrating a Quarter Millenium at the Historic Smithton Inn!!

Yep, you read it correctly... the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ephrata, PA turns 250 years old this year!!!  It’s not always possible to trace history back over 250 years, but that’s exactly what we're doing in 2013.

Built in 1763, our tavern turned bed and breakfast is filled with memories and experiences long forgotten over the centuries.  Only three families have ever owned the Smithton Inn and we, the current caretakers, are looking forward to celebrating the history of our Inn with the community. 

We wanted to celebrate this milestone anniversary, but we didn't want the focus to rest entirely on our property... we want it to be a celebration of the Ephrata Community and its history, growth and development over the years.  That’s why we’re planning a number of special events throughout the year where we can both celebrate with and give back to the community we call home.  

We've planned over half a dozen special events in 2013, in honor of the 250th anniversary, including a summertime Gala.  All the events will benefit local charities and non-profit organizations. Here's what we've got planned:

2/21Business After Hours with the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce, benefitting Ephrata Area Social Services

4/21Jazz Brunch, benefitting Ephrata School District music programs

6/21250th Anniversary Gala, benefitting the Ephrata Cloister and the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley

8/25Back to School Ice Cream Social, benefitting the Ephrata Area Education Foundation

11/3Historic Smithton Hootenanny!, benefitting the Ephrata Recreation Center

12/1Countdown to Christmas Clock Lighting, benefitting the Ephrata Cloister Choir



For more details on the Smithton Inn’s 250th celebration and to buy tickets to attend the events, visit our website http://www.historicsmithtoninn.com/250Anniversary.html.   And don’t miss out on this unique glimpse at a very historically significant part of Ephrata’s past!!

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