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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream. There is no season for this tasty treat, and Shira will bring you to the ends of the earth, or at least your nearest dairy, for this frozen delight. Whether homemade or not, the ride will be worth the extra calories. This monthly column has become one of the highlights of every issue - we hope you enjoy it too.

Little Red Barn Ice Cream Cafe

4610 Lander Rd, Jefferson, MD • 301-378-8100 • Seasonal Hours, open all year


We were headed to the Horizons Unlimited gathering in Appomattox, VA. We were taking our time getting there with a couple of overnights before and after. The Tuesday of our departure was a little delayed and as we were entering the town of Jefferson, MD, Brian announced BarnOutsideover the Sena that he had seen a sign for ice cream. We had taken a pretty direct route so far and I was a bit long in the saddle, looking forward to shedding the riding gear as this spring day felt much more like mid-summer with the temperatures rising to 90 degrees. The idea of some ice cream was just about perfect. We did a quick u-turn and pulled in to the Little Red Barn.

Since 2013, Laura and Price Kaler have been satisfying folks with their hand dipped Hershey’s ice cream as well as soft serve from Shenandoah Family Farms in Hagerstown. They recently added some other local favorites – ice cream from South Mountain Creamery (a past Inside Scoop stop) and Catoctin Coffees roasted just across the bridge in Lovettsville, VA.

As with so many spots in this part of the nation, the Little Red Barn building has a history. 100 years ago, right across the street, stood the schoolhouse, now a bank, and the schoolmaster kept her horse and buggy in the barn, which is now this very popular ice cream spot. As there were two 100-year-old buildings on the property, the Kalers did not want to erase history, so took the time to renovate the building. Not only did they utilize local businesses for this, but once the shop was up and running, it provided local teenagers with jobs, many of which was their first.

There is plenty of parking, with indoorBarnInsideSeat and outdoor seating available. On any day you can find about 20 different Hershey flavors from Vanilla to Better Brownie Batter (Brownie Batter ice cream with rich fudge swirls and loads of bits of real brownies) and LlamaLious (green and yellow cake batter ice cream packed with purple sugar cookie chips and swirling ribbons of pinkish frosting !?). Hershey’s, with over 100 years experience in making ice cream, offers several levels, from lighter to premium to premium gold, and the Red Barn will do their best to satisfy your every taste bud. If they don’t have the flavor you want, they will try to get it for your next visit.

BarnIceCreamOn the day we visited, there were a few which caught my eye – Peanut Butter Pretzel and Banana Pudding – but when I saw the South Mountain Creamery flavors, I was swayed. There was Lemon Meringue – always a treat on a steamy day – and Chocolate Chocolate Chip, but what in the world was Snallygaster? Not only an unusual name, but also the first few words would draw anyone’s attention, particularly Dr. O’Life – The Monster of Middletown. After reading the ingredients: peanut butter ice cream with pretzel pieces, Reece’s cup and caramel swirl, it was a done deal. While I enjoyed my ice cream, Brian – always on the lookout for the mysterious for the good doctor – found out the back story and you can read about it in an upcoming Mysterious America column.

If a good meal is needed before enjoying your ice cream, the Red Barn serves up a variety of sandwiches from a simple grilled cheese or PB&J to a more substantial Red Barn Reuben and a bowl of soup or chili. For those watching the calories to justify the ice cream (shame on you) there are salads. If you are early, they have a number of breakfast offerings while you enjoy their locally roasted coffee.BarnServing

If you are traveling the area, whether it’s a meander or on the way to Harper’s Ferry or any one of the other historical sites in this part of the country, stop in to the Little Red Barn and enjoy their hospitality and delicious food and ice cream.