Guide to the Cozy Inn Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1345
Creators:
Freeze, Gerald
Cozy Inn (Thurmont, Md.)
Dates:
undated
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
7.75 Cubic feet
8 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents the history of the Cozy Inn and Restaurant in Thurmont, Maryland.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the entire history of the Cozy Inn, including the guest register from the guest house run by the last owner's aunt, 1926; also business records; correspondence; employee handbooks; photographs, photograph albums and slides; a scrapbook of clippings; certificates and honors; restaurant placemats and menus; recipes; advertisements; internal newsletters; audiovisual materials; articles and clippings; and miscellaneous promotional printed materials such as postcards, flyers, and brochures.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into five series.
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1885-2011 Series 2: Menus, 1943-05-01-2012-12-31
Series 3: Printed Advertisements and Ephemera, 1932-2013 Series 4: Magazine Articles and Newspaper Clippings, 1960-2013 Series 5: Photographic Materials, 1920-2009

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Cozy Inn was an eighty five year old business when it closed in 2014. Located on a major highway near Gettysburg and the Catoctin Mountains, Wilbur Freeze started what was then called Camp Cozy in 1929, with just three cabins, later adding a gas station to attract tourists, and in the 1930s, he added in a small lunch counter, and eventually a full service restaurant. It is an excellent example of a 20th century business that started small and grew large, increasing the services offered over time. The Inn grew both in size and popularity, and the Freezes added entertainment attractions in order to increase business, including festivals and special offerings for various holidays. Some of the attractions were eccentric, such as hot air balloons and live animal shows.
In 1942, the presidential retreat Camp David (then known as Shangri-La) was established just six miles away. This led to the Cozy Inn becoming the headquarters for Secret Service agents, reporters and photographers during events that occurred at Camp David. Sometimes foreign dignitaries stayed there. State and local politicians such as members of the Senate, governors of states, cabinet members, and Presidents' family members, also were guests.
The Freezes were fond of boasting that they were the oldest family-run restaurant in the state. They also capitalized on their proximity to Camp David, using the fact in their advertising and naming the Inn's rooms after presidents. In 2005, they started a small Museum on the history of the Inn, its famous guests, and its connection to Camp David. They also sold souvenirs that related to that connection. They regularly hosted weddings and other events and were famous for their lavish holiday decorations. At Christmas they set up gingerbread houses, multiple Christmas trees, a miniature railroad village, etc. The Cozy Inn's restaurant cultivated a large number of repeat, loyal customers with its family atmosphere and comfort food. Some of its dishes became locally famous, like its clam chowder.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Eric Ross, Catarina Hurtado, and Bryanna Bauer, interns, 2018; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons and Craig A. Orr
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Gerald G. Freeze, 2015

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Cozy Inn Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Menus Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newsletters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magazines (periodicals) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Placemats Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photograph albums Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guidebooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
DVDs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Videocassettes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Promotional literature Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postcards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Certificates Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Recipes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives