The Beehive: Elk Creek's Preservation Society – Elkton, Maryland - Atlas Obscura

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The Beehive: Elk Creek's Preservation Society

Elkton, Maryland

A rural colonial settlement that contains the remains of a store and cooper. 


Constructed in the early 18th-century, this industrial complex was designed to serve travelers between Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as provide the many mills along the Little Elk Creek with a store, tavern, workers, and a commercial cooper. The site currently contains the remains of at least four stone and wooden structures including the independent cooper shop.

The cooper shop features a walk-in fireplace and the surrounding area is riddled with 18th and 19th-century buildings and ruins. Exploring this general area will easily fill up an afternoon. 

Every October, the preservation society hosts an Apple Butter Festival to benefit their preservation work. 

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Found at the intersection of Telegraph Rd (Maryland Route 273) and Little Elk Creek Rd. 

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