Carey Run Sanctuary (Garrett County)
Acquired in 1962, Carey Run was the first sanctuary that MOS purchased. The original property, complete with a farmhouse, was only 52 acres. In 1973, MOS purchased another 110 acres, bringing the Sanctuary to its current size of 162 acres.
Carey Run is a tributary of the Savage River. The property also contains two streams and a freshwater pond. The field is mowed once annually to maintain good habitat for a diverse assortment of sparrows. The Sanctuary also is home to many coniferous (Hemlock, white pine and Douglas fir) and deciduous (wild cherry) trees.
The old farmhouse was built in 1887 from white pines growing on the property. The house has a kitchen, bedrooms and indoor plumbing. Beds are available for overnight accommodations. If you wish to stay at the house, contact Dominic Nucifora at 443-534-4891. Dominic can also provide you with the combination to the gate at the entrance.
The many trails at Carey Run guide visitors through each of its habitats. Braddock Road, which runs along the Sanctuary’s southern border, has significant historical importance. Interpretive signs depicting General Braddock’s use of the road during the French and Indian War line the trail. They also describe the flora and fauna found on the property throughout the last 250 years. The signs were created by T.C. Hager as an Eagle Scout project.
With abundant on-site parking available, Carey Run can host large gatherings. This is especially important for the work days held at the Sanctuary each spring. If you wish to participate, please contact Sanctuary Committee Chair Dominic Nucifora.