About the Property and its History
Still under development with a planned preview opening in late November 2022, Ambassadors Extravagan-Porium is an ambitious, important new concept in an Antique & Vintage "Boutique" department store.
Located in Taneytown, MD on the original site of the Adam Good Tavern where George Washington and his wife Martha once stayed for two nights while traveling from Mount Vernon to Philadelphia in July 1791, the house displays a Maryland historical plaque (issued in 1932) marking this event and is a registered MD Historical Preservation site. The property is also in the process of being considered with the Maryland Film Office for possible film projects.
In the late 1890’s, a large Classic Revival Home and General Store was built on the site of the old tavern by the Hagan Family and was designed by famous architect John Dempwolf of York, PA. Norman and Sarah Hagan ran their General Store in Taneytown for many years while living in the home with their two daughters. Over the past century, several prominent citizens of Taneytown have lived in the home and operated their businesses that contributed to the economic prosperity of Carroll County including the Carroll Record Co. (the County’s first full-fledged newspaper published weekly for many years), a 4-lane Bowling Ally & Café constructed in a building extension at the back of the Store, and the property was once home to an early Reindollar generation family member.
The building was later completely updated by the prior owner and continued as an antique shop that locals recognize as "The Cherry Tree Shoppe" until for personal reasons, the property was completely shut down for 14 years in June 2008 with all of its furnishings and contents intact. Now, the property will re-open again and pick up where the previous owner left off in meticulous fashion.
Besides operating as an Antique, Vintage Decorative Arts & Collectibles “Boutique” General Store, Ambassadors will also transform the historic home into a “Private Residence Club” and vintage designer showcase home, and Intellectual Center for History, the Arts, Literature and Science. Non-profit collector & educational organizations will be able to hold seminars, presentations and talks by experts. Both a serious Writers’ club (Literary Guild) and Book club are being formed, and authors will be able to offer book readings and signings as well. Screenwriters and playwrights are also welcome to be inspired by the property and its rich 250 year history.
The home itself is a "private residence" and closed to the general public, but will house a small museum dedicated to history and memorabilia related to the property. The store is open to the public during its normal hours of operation, or by prior appointment and special events & holidays .
At present, this website, Facebook, and Google Business/Maps are now available for info about Ambassadors.
The store was once a General Store, a 4-lane duckpin bowling ally, offices for the Carroll Record Co. weekly county newspaper, a high-end antique store "Victor Victoria", and then under the previous owner "The Cherry Tree Shoppe" antique store, but was suddenly closed in 2008 for 14 years with everything intact .
Reopening in 2022, Ambassadors Extravagan-Porium has a little bit of everything for the vintage collector and antique & flea market dealer:
Quality Antique & Vintage Decorative Arts & Gifts including: Furniture, Art Glass, Porcelain (European, Japan & China), Artwork, Paintings, Prints, Mezzotints, Engravings, Household Items, Toys, Primitive Dolls, Signs, Gifts and so much other cool stuff. There is also Vintage Fashion & Clothing and Outdoor Items of all types, etc.
Design Style Periods covered include, but not limited to: Primitive, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Federal, Art Deco, Shaker, Folk Art and Mid-Century Modern. Varied memorabilia exist across many collectible specialties.
Note that at Ambassadors, we do not play around with pricing. Prices are intended to be reasonable based on true value and current market. We do not show high prices, then offer large discounts like 40-75%. We offer prices that can be mostly discounted 10% unless the price is marked firm by the seller.
However, there are a few specialty areas that we do not focus on mostly because there are so many other antique stores and malls in the region that have plenty of these collectibles...
Militaria including guns, swords, knives, etc.
Postcards, Vinyl Records or Comic Books in large quantities
High quality Vintage Jewelry, but a wonderful vintage jewelry boutique exists just around the corner.
Rare Coins or Stamps