Visiting the Pottery? Make it a Day Trip!
With Summer underway, folks are hitting the open road looking for fun, adventure and just plain relaxation. If you’ve been thinking about making the trip to the pottery, now’s the time! WHAT??! not everyone in your family loves pottery??! No worries! Whether you’re coming from north, south, east or west, there is something for everyone and you don’t have to stray very far from the steps of the studio.
Nancy Gallagher Pottery is only 1/2 mile from the center of Seven Valleys which is the home to the Historic Rail Trail Park. Bring the bikes and ride the trails through shady wooded groves, over creeks, under bridges and explore historical markers. The trails are closed to motor traffic, safe for little ones, and flat, so if you’re not used to biking, there are no hills to cause huffing and puffing! The park has a large pavilion – perfect for a picnic lunch. Both the park and trails are pet friendly!
The south branch of Codorus Creek runs right through town and behind the pottery. The creek is a nice peaceful spot to fish and it is known to be FULL of brown trout. You do need a PA fishing license (available at the local hardware store), BUT kids under 16 fish free! Free fun is always good.
Stop at the local Valley Tavern (just a skip from the creek) for lunch and a cool drink. Try some local microbrews in the bar, or, have a seat in their family style restaurant and try some of the best broasted chicken and crab cakes around. Looking to cool off? Head up the road to Twin Pines Country Store for some homemade local Perrydell Ice Cream. Twin Pines has local produce, meats, home made baked goods and on the second Saturday of each month, a pit beef cookout.
Take a ride on the railroad and Steam into History! New this year, stopping at Hanover Junction, just a hop skip and a jump across the horse field, is Old #17, a faithful replica of the Civil War steam engine that carried Abraham Lincoln to his now famous Gettysburg Address. Excursions are running weekends and if you have your bikes with you, they have room for them on board!
During the Civil War, the station at Hanover Junction was raided by Confederate Colonel E.V. White and the 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry on June 27, 1963, several days before the Battle of Gettysburg. The telegraph wires were cut and railroad bridges over the Codorus Creek were burned. The railroad station was left intact.
President Abraham Lincoln visited the station on November 18 and 19, 1863, on his was to and from Gettysburg to give the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers Cemetery. On April 21,1865, President Lincoln’s funeral train passed through Hanover Junction. There is a small Museum on site and a lovely Pollinator Garden planted by the Penn State Master Gardeners just behind it.
‘What more could this tiny town offer?’ you ask. How about it’s own winery AND distillery! Just half a mile from the studio is Four Springs Winery. With local wine being made right here, you can sample up to six wines free in their tasting room. They have a nice gift shop full of local wine baskets, cheeses and assorted local goods. Open Fridays and Saturdays for tastings.
Old Republic Distillery is located right near the Rail Trail Park and is a fairly new neighbor in the town of Seven Valleys. The distillery makes local favorites like Love Potion, Apple Pie Moonshine, and the new Battlefield Vodka, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The distillery also has a tasting room where you can taste their recent offerings, as well as an area where you can purchase bottled ‘moonshine’ as a souvenir to take home. Open Weekends.
Not quite on the studio doorstep, but within 5 miles, you’ll find Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market – a favorite with locals and folks traveling up from ‘down south’. Brown’s features their own orchard and home grown produce, homemade candy and fudge, cider and cheeses, and has their own greenhouses on site. They have seasonal working farm and market tours as well as ‘pick your own’ fruits in season. Go soon and you can still pick blueberries!
While you’re in the area, within just 5 miles (it’s the next stop on the Rail Trail if you’re riding your bike!) is the studio of artist and sculptor, Bob Machovec. While I sculpt from clay, Bob works on an entirely different scale. Starting out by making fire escapes in Baltimore at the age of 17, Bob now makes Pennsylvania his home and welds custom sculptures, furniture and lighting fixtures, utilizing pieces of old plows, tractors, spades and shovels. Bob’s workshop is open Mon-Fri from 9am – 5pm.
Whatever your reasons for making the trip, I thank you for making it and hope you enjoy the pottery – always nice to chat with new folks. Safe travels!