Bill Clements operating the saw mill

Fire up the sawmill, Christmas is almost here! The Annual Holiday Open House at Cecil’s Historic District will take place Saturday, December 6th from 10AM to 5PM.  As part of this delightful St. Mary’s Country tradition, Bill Clements will again be providing a live demonstration of the antique sawmill at Cecil’s Old Mill. Once the source of most of the lumber that was used to build St. Mary’s County over a century ago, this is a rare opportunity to see the old mill in action again.

Cecil’s Historic District is currently the home of the St. Mary’s County Art Association (Old Mill) and Cecil’s Country Store, a unique shopping experience. Located at the southern end of Indian Bridge Road just before it reaches Rt. 5 in Great Mills, Cecil’s Historic District is a favorite destination of Southern Maryland residents looking for special gifts, antique furniture, locally produced honey & jellies, and unique handcrafted arts & crafts.

Both locations are steeped in St. Mary’s county history. Cecil’s Country store was not only the original “super” market of its day – selling groceries, produce, meats, dairy and household essentials – it was also the local post office. Remnants of the original grocery store and post office are still on display at Cecil’s Country Store. The post office is known to be a favorite location for spotting Santa. The store currently features antique furniture, home décor, handcrafted pottery, designer jewelry, paintings and prints by local artists, as well as some of the most unique gifts ideas to be found anywhere.

During the Open House, there will be personal appearances by local artists and vendors displaying their unique art and products. Also, delicious barbeque from Bear Creek Barbeque will be available for purchase. Details and biographies of the vendors attending will be posted on Cecil’s Country Store’s Facebook page and website prior to the event – www.CecilsCountryStore.com

Cecil Country Store is located at 20853 Indian Bridge Road, California, MD – directly across from Cecil’s Old Mill. Cecil’s Mill was originally built as a cotton/textile factory in the 1800’s. Later, it was transformed into a grist mill and saw mill. After restoration, Cecil’s Old Mill has become a National Landmark in Historic St. Mary’s County and is home to some of the finest local arts and crafts around.