Apparently the old Railroad Starion is still there! It's not easy to reach, however, and as time was short, we decided to give it a miss. The railroad doesn't run here anymore.
Plumpton Park Zoo
This zoo features more than 300 species of birds, reptiles and mammals, including North American buffaloes, bobcats, giraffes, monkeys, zebras and llamas. The structures within the park, including a wooden gristmill, date to the 18th century.
Open daily 10am-5pm; closed major holidays.
1416 Telegraph Rd.
Rising Sun MD 21911
Sue's Restaurant is a small, clean family owned establishment. I don't think there was much competition in Rising Sun, but I'm pretty sure even here there was also a McDonald's!
Favorite Dish: We had the Salisbury Steak (more of a minced beef really), potatoes, cauliflower and coffee, which came to $6.25, plus tax at 6%. Never forget the tax!
We also left a tip of about 20%, which appears to be the 'going rate' in the US.
This quaint shop sells everything in the way of gifts and locally made craftwork. You know it as soon as you open the door, and smell the delightful aromas. Debbie Starkey, the owner, has spent hours and days arranging the shop in order to produce the effect that it has on the eye. You just HAVE to browse.
What to buy: Actually, we were only trying to purchase local Post Cards, but none were to be had. (They weren't even available in the large Pharmacy Stores, just around the corner). We ended up purchasing three small metal animal figures, really just as a reminder of our visit there. Even these figures were produced by a local artist.
What to pay: We spent $4.99 on each of the metal figures, which was probably a little steep, but this shop is a 'one off', and most things seemed reasonably priced.
I sould think that anywhre in Rising Sun is off the beaten path! (Click to enlarge the photo).
Favorite thing: this charming house has quite a history (1860's??). There is a plaque on the front wall, which says how it eventually passed into the ownership ot the Methodist Church. Quite an interesting read, but unfortunately I didn't record all of it. Go there and read it for yourself, LOL!
Fondest memory: As with most rural towns, Rising Sun has mostly wooden built homes. This one is typical of most here, although some of them do need a little TLC!
Favorite thing: Having known something about Rising Sun for about 2 years, it was interesting to find that the Rising Sun Town Administrative Building, which was dedicated on april 20th, 2002, was built on the site of the Rising Sun Hotel. The architects and planners were careful to construct a building which, a;lthough modern, was in keeping with the original Hotel. To this end, they even incorporated a balcony, wooden sidewalks, and supporting pillars, similar to the old hotel.