A brief history of our building

History of Beans in the Belfry 
Reformed Church, 122 W Potomac Street,
Brunswick, MD

The First Evangelical and Reformed Church of Brunswick is located at 122 West Potomac Street. The church has the same appearance as it did when constructed in 1910.
The first mention of wanting to construct a church was at the regular session of Classics, (which is the Synod now). In 1891, due to the rapid growth of Brunswick, Pastor J. M. Micley was instructed to canvass Brunswick and vicinity in order to obtain funds to purchase a lot and raise money to build a church. Nothing was accomplished this particular year. In 1892, it was reported the B & O RR Company would donate a lot in Brunswick for a church provided plans were submitted to the Company and approved. The committee was unable to raise money for the church building.

In 1893, the whole project was dropped again. After several attempts to organize a Reformed Church in Brunswick, the idea was never abandoned.

In 1906, William J. Main and others took steps to make the hope become a reality. The organization took place October 14, 1906 with 53 members. A Sunday School was organized in December of the same year. The congregation met in the Pythian Hall until a house of worship could be erected.  By May 1909 the lot had been paid for in the sum of One Thousand Dollars, and a church was started.  The church was completed and dedicated in 1910. The cornerstone can still be seen on the East front of the building. Beautiful stained glass windows were given as memorials of loved ones in the church and have long been a notable part of  Brunswick’s downtown scene.
In 1912, Classics appointed a committee to recommend Brunswick and Knoxville congregations become a charge. The new charge was constituted effective June 14, 2014.  The church bought their first parsonage in 1926, which was located at 26 North Virginia Avenue. The parsonage was sold when Brunswick and Lovettsville merged.  Pastors serving the Brunswick Charge between 1914 and 1937 were Rev. L. Nevin Wilson, Rev. William B. Werner, Rev. Robert L. Bair, Rev. R. Franklin Main, Rev. Jacob W. Getz, and Rev. Clark S. Smith.

 In 1928, the church installed a new pipe organ. This was a big project for the church and enjoyed by the community.
On April 15, 1936, the Brunswick Church united with Burkittsville to become a charge under the pastorialship of Rev. Clark S. Smith.  Effective on August 1, 1937 the Petersville Congregation was granted a request for dissolution and joined Brunswick.  Brunswick Reformed Church and Lovettsville became a charge in the early 1940s sharing the same minister.  One of the strongest groups of the church was the Mite Society, consisting of both men and women of the church. The objective of this society was to create, stimulate and foster the spirit of sociability and good fellowship among the members of the church, and also to aid financially the congregation in meeting its current expenses. Some of their fund raisers consisted of Washington Birthday Socials, Fastnacht Day, Easter Flower and Bake Sale, Strawberry Festival, Election Day Oyster Supper and Chicken and Waffle suppers for 35 cents.

On February 25, 1915 the name was changed to Aid Society. The name again changed in 1943 to The Pastor’s Aid Society. In 1945, Mrs. Katherine Powell instituted the membership into the Women’s Guild of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.  The Church’s name changed in early 1950’s to the United Church of Christ when two denominations joined together. Pastors through the later years of the church were Rev. Fravel, Rev. Johnson, Rev. Willson, Rev. Fesperman, Rev. Guy Bready, Rev. Paul Mehl, Rev. Mary Wench.

The last service held in the church sanctuary was on December 27, 1968 with a Service of Holy Communion conducted by Rev. Mary Wench, Supply Pastor. Members of the church could transfer upon request to neighboring congregations of the United Church of Christ or to any other denomination as they chose.  Several different churches purchased the Property but could not keep their doors open and had to close also and sell. Presently Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boyer own the church. Boyers Drafting Service is located in the downstairs of the building and Peddlers Landing, a unique craft and antique shop is occupying the sanctuary.  

Written by Kay Souder Cooper in memory of gransparents Mr. and Mrs. John N. Souder, who worked so diligently to get the church started.)  Other owners since Boyers Drafting and the Peddlers Landing have been Billy and Edie Simms of Middletown, MD, and Dr. Kittrick, professor at American University in Washington, D.C.

In 2003 Melanie DiPasquale and her sister Natalie Politis Andrews purchased the church building in a dilapidated condition for the purpose of making it into a Café and Meeting Place for the residents of Brunswick. The café, Beans in the Belfry, opened on October 16, 2004 and has become a very successful destination coffee house that attracts local residents and people from the entire tri-state area and the Washington metropolitan region.

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Outing to Brunswick

Dear Friends, Neighbors and Guests,

 we have been promised a sunny Easter weekend which is a welcoming occasion for a drive into the Maryland countryside.

Set your sight on Brunswick on the Potomac River, a historic railroad town with access to the C&O Canal towpath for hiking and biking. Don’t worry, it’s practically level – no hills. Brunswick however is known for it’s hills and for the quaint coffee house located in a century old brick church building: Beans in the Belfry, that’s us.

‘Beans’ refers to coffee beans, ‘single origin’ from India, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania to name a few, locally roasted in Frederick and freshly ground and brewed by our talented baristas in Brunswick who make delicious lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, milkshakes, smoothies and more.


But that’s not all, we serve all day breakfast dishes, soups, salads and paninis.. Come in the afternoon and enjoy layer cakes, lemon bars, Italian almond cream cake, cannoli, freshly baked pies and so on. Check out our beverage, food, beer and wine, children’s and afternoon tea menus on our website. If the sun plays along, you can sit in our sidewalk or garden area and watch the world parade by in their Easter finery.

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Hello Love Birds, it’s Valentines’ week

It’s Valentines’ week and time to think red, pink or chocolate.

Celebrate your spouse, friends and yourself by adding a glass of red wine or a rosé to your meal.  It enhances the flavors of your panini or quiche and accelerates your enjoyment of the food and of each other.  

Our reds are caringly selected to please your palates:  

the Malbec is a 2019 vintage from the Mendoza region of Argentina and always elegant; 

our 2018 Pinot Noir from the CK Mondavi vineyard is silky and fruity paired with food or by itself.

We just added a new red Zinfandel to our wine list that is full bodied with ripe fruit flavors and will not disappoint. 

If you would like to go with a Rosé, we have selected a 2018 Bordeaux from Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s cellars in the Chateaux Mouton Cadet.  It pairs well with our Quiche and Crab Dip and livens up their delicate flavors.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention our delicious prosecco:  the personal serving comes from Salmon Creek, California and our full bottle is named LaLuna and was grown and bottled in Italy.  

Splurge and enjoy on Valentines Day and always!

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Join us for New Year’s Day Brunch, 9am to 5pm

Happy New Year!

Please join us for a leisurely New Year’s Day Brunch from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, January 1st,  New Year’s Day!

Our Brunch Menu will be a la carte from our many selections, PLUS we’ll be featuring Eggs Benedict, using cage free eggs poached just right , and a creamy zesty Hollandaise sauce.  

Start out right with a sparkling Mimosa or enjoy an icy bottle of Prosecco from Italy, to put you in a good mood.

Other than that, please relax with friends, read the newspaper, dream in the cloud (wifi), or work on your new year’s resolutions. 

We look forward to seeing you in the new year and will uphold our sincere efforts to serve best coffee drinks, delicious food and a great selection of beer and wine in our comfortable setting in downtown Brunswick.

Happy New Year 2022

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Bluegrass jamming 2nd and 4th Sunday

Finally, we are back open for jamming.
However, things are a bit different now, so there are a few expectations we would like to share:
1.  If you are able, please bring your own folding chair or stool if you plan to sit. The seats are limited, and we should leave them open for customers if at all possible.  (Also, because of space limitations, try to keep stands, books etc., to a minimum–leave them at home if you can or keep it small).
2. Because we cannot ensure musicians stay socially distanced, if you plan to play and/or sing, you must be vaccinated. 
Sunday, June 13 (THIS SUNDAY) is the first jam.  The time is now 1-6pm.  
Come anytime during that time, stay the whole time if you want, or come and go as you please. 
Do plan on buying something to give Beans in the Belfry some business in return for the jam space.   
Your contact for Bluegrass Jamming at Beans in the Belfry is
Sue Neff
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