Recent happenings around Thurmont MD

On Saturday, April 4, 2015 The Thurmont Historical Society received a donation of a unique piece of locally produced Hoke Furniture from members of the Hoke family.

Members of the Hoke family pose with the Deluxe Night Stand they have donated. Left to Right - Nancy (Hoke) Turner, Ronald Hoke, John Hoke, Susan (Hoke) Hahn

John Hoke showing Thurmont Historical Society President Donna Voellinger an archive of Hoke Furniture history he has created.

John Hoke describes one of the items in the archive to Donna Voellinger and Board member Carol Newmann.

The Hoke Furniture Company, begun in 1946 by Lloyd Hoke, was located on East Main Street in Thurmont, MD and a produced a variety of furniture items including an innovative Thru-Dor crib.

The item donated by the Hoke family is a Hoke, Model 9600, Deluxe Night Stand done in a “Blanco” (white) finish with Gold Leaf highlights. This piece was manufactured in 1981. In a serendipitous moment another piece of original Hoke Furniture, a Thru-Dor crib, arrived on the same day from a different donor. Highly innovative for the times the Thru-Dor crib was designed with wheels to easily roll from room to room throughout the houses of the era. Lightweight but sturdy it was designed to be easily folded for travel or storage and, when broken down, incorporated one of the sides as a handle for easy carrying.

Here are some additional photographs taken the day of the donation :

The Model 9600 Blanco finished Deluxe Night Stand donated by the Hoke Family
in place in
Mrs. Creeger’s Room of the Creeger House.

Brothers Ronald Hoke (l) and John Hoke (r) carry the Night Stand up the winding staircase to the second floor of the Creeger House.

Ronald Hoke (l) and John Hoke (r) navigate the tight second floor landing of the Creeger House while carrying the Night Stand into Mrs. Creeger’s Room.

Everyone examines the newly donated Hoke Furniture Company folding Thru-Dor
crib and the easy manner of collapsing it for transport.

Historical Society Board Member, and current Thurmont Mayor, John Kinnaird carries an original Hoke Furniture Company Thru-Dor crib to a new home on the second floor of the Creeger House. Here you can see how the folded side of the crib provides a convenient handle for easier transport.

John Hoke and Thurmont Historical Society President Donna Voellinger discuss the purchase of a personalized engraved brick for the Heritage Walk to be located at the entrance of the historic Creeger House.

More to come about recent Thurmont Historical Society happenings!