Old Angler's Inn
We didn't have the typical bachelorette party--we opted for a get together at a restaurant we knew was great, The Old Angler's Inn. It's a small cozy restaurant with fantastic food and many awards for it's excellence. We all plan to return for a romantic dinner with our husbands/boyfriends, every time we go we end up planning for a reason to come back.
My maid of honor arranged everything but we had a good time. It was not the typical freaky bachelorette party episode, we had fun like a second bridal shower - a bit more upscale. The room was decorated by my bridal party but it was already a very nice room even without our additional decorations.
Near the site of the Inn, the Indians of the Algonquin Nation maintained a post for their "traveling traders" after whom the Potomac River is named. Not far from where the Inn stands, Captain John Smith made camp on his canoe trip up the river in the summer of 1608.
Young George Washington, as aid to General Braddock during the French and Indian Wars crossed the Potomac nearby on his way to fight the French at Fort Duquesne. Washington also designed the locks on the canal which can be inspected from various nearby points along the canal.
On July 4, 1828, President John Quincy Adams shoveled the first earth at nearby Little Falls to mark the beginning of the canal which made the Valley a main artery of ante-bellum commerce and travel. The Old Angler’s Inn was opened in 1860 to serve those journeying to and from the Nation’s capital, and also to serve the gentlemen and ladies of the capital and the great estates which graced the Maryland countryside.
During the Civil War, couriers with urgent dispatches from the Capital and officers and men of units of both North and South found respite at the Inn.
In 1864, gold was discovered by a California soldier who returned after the War to operate a mine successfully there until 1880. One of the owners of the gold mine was so appreciative of the fine food and the many hours of good company he found at the Inn that he presented the proprietor with a set of solid gold fishing hooks fashioned from the ore of the mine. (It is after these hooks that the "Order of the Golden Hook" which makes the headquarters at the Inn is named).
Teddy Roosevelt stopped here to hunt and to fish at wide water, a naturally- formed link of the canal lying at the foot of the slope on which the Inn rests. Its rugged rock formations give it the appearance of an unruffled mountain lake.
The Inn was restored in the spring of 1957 to make available once again the Inn’s charming setting, the hospitality, the fine foods and carefully-chosen beers, wines and liquors, in the same tradition which has made the Inn a Capital landmark.