Kitty Knight House has new owner and offerings
GEORGETOWN — The new owner of Kitty Knight House in Georgetown takes a certain amount of pride in her distinction of being only the third woman to solely own the historic property, the first being Catherine “Kitty” Knight herself.
However, Sueann Hall is too busy running the business at 14028 Augustine Herman Highway, which includes an 11-room inn, tavern and banquet hall, to dwell for too long on the property’s long history.
“It’s been insane,” Hall said last month, fielding questions throughout the interview.
Hall took ownership in May and immediately refreshed the inside of the brick house that dates back to 1755.
“The historic inn had survived in 1812 due to the courage of Kitty Knight standing steadfast in front of British Troops setting the village around her in flames. Sueann’s 21st century mission was to bring in courageous and talented individuals to restore the Kitty Knight legacy as a com- munity pillar,” a news release states.
The tavern opened in October and Hall hired Ruth Stoltzfus to be her chef, creating dishes from locally sourced foods, often using recipes from antique cookbooks found on site.
“She makes everything from scratch,” Hall said.
According to a news release, Stoltzfus is known to many in the region as the creator of the Village Café and Bakery and as an advocate of homegrown cuisine. With her role as chief chef at the Kitty Knight she will be overseeing and creating local farm to table dining, the release states.
Stoltzfus has a pastry chef degree from L’Academie de Cuisine in western Maryland and spent the last five years training with a two-star Michelin chef. She began as a pastry assistant after culinary school, later becoming the executive pastry chef and kitchen manager for the Popal Family trio of restaurants. As well, she became involved with events assisting with savory food preparations, according to the release.
“Ruth’s local farm to table culinary expertise is guided by her childhood love of southern cuisine and the Amish/Mennonite culture of food. One of her earliest memories was seeing her Grandmother’s kitchen counter lined with an assortment of pies just out of the oven. Having parents who grew their fruits and vegetables she maintained that with her own family including canning and freezing most of their own homegrown foods,” the release states.
Hall’s also been promoting the wedding venue for the 2019 season.
“We can seat 150, but we can tent up to 300,” she said, adding Kitty Knight House has already hosted bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and other private events.
“The support from the community has been tremendous,” she said. “We are going to be successful because the community wants Kitty Knight to be successful.”
The tavern is open seven nights a weeks for dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Rith Stoltzfus is the new chef at the Kitty Knight House. The tavern re-opened in October.