The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Maryland Park Service will hold the annual fall Woodmont Lodge open house on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Showcasing the Woodmont Lodge and surroundings, the open house enables visitors to hear stories of the early days of conservation and wildlife management in Maryland. Volunteers will answer questions and describe some of the rich history of the property. The public is welcome.
According to Fort Frederick State Park Manager Angie Hummer, "This event offers a rare opportunity for the public to tour the Woodmont Lodge that is known as America's First Presidential retreat. The lodge was originally built in 1870, and is known as America's FIRST presidential retreat. It has been visited by many presidents, and famous people in American history. This lodge is a gem in Western Maryland, and we urge everyone to take the chance and visit one of our state's hidden treasures." Presidents James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt stayed at the lodge.