ThorpeWood. LLC is a 155 acre mountain property, nestled 1500 feet high in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, Maryland. Our beautiful setting of forests, fields, spring-fed ponds, and native trout streams provides a safe place for our community to heal and grow.Through this property and our farm animals, ThorpeWood nurtures therapeutic relationships with our natural world to promote empathy, wonder, and restoration. In pursuit of this mission, we deliver free nature and animal based programming and share our property with local nonprofits and educational groups, with a special emphasis on underserved populations.

Through our free programs, we serve a variety of populations in need: financially disadvantaged youth, folks who are grieving, children whose families have been affected by addiction and incarceration, educational groups, teens with mental and emotional disabilities, school staff and nonprofit workers who are battling stress and burnout, and many more. In addition to our free programs, we provide free and affordable community events open to the public to foster a welcoming community of neighbors and friends.

Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood manages all paying events that are utilizing ThorpeWood’s facilities and grounds (i.e. weddings). You can learn more about ThorpeWood’s mission at: www.thorpewood.org.


GREEN DESIGN

At ThorpeWood, our Lodge is a green building and was put into service in February 2000. Green in several ways: that many of the finish architectural appointments are from recycled materials; we used innovative insulation; there are dual fuel furnaces; our boiler provides hot-water circulated into a forced air heating system; we use composting toilets with a nutrient recycling graywater system; and water from the roof is directed to wet planting areas. As the U.S. Department of Energy explains, “green buildings promote resource conservation, including energy efficiency renewable energy, and water conservation features.” While green design seeks to minimize environmental impact, it reduces operation and maintenance costs, creates a healthy and comfortable environment, and addresses issues such as historical preservation.

ThorpeWood models stewardship of natural resources. We want everyone to know how to act responsibly with the resources that nature has given us, and we model that, even in the very design and structure of the building that houses our event space and offices.  Our main building and surrounding native landscaping offer examples of sustainable design to instruct and inspire.

Beginning in January of 2020, Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood LLC, and our Landlord company, ThorpeWood LLC, went all green. What does this mean? It means NO non-recyclable products, ALL food is composted, NO plastic dinnerware, utensils, cups, etc. that are neither recyclable or compostable!! We now use all compostable cups, utensils and encourage all clients to use real china, or if not, compostable bamboo products. We are excited to be working with a local composting company and our caterers to make us as green as we can be to help the environment!