History of Morningside Inn
Morningside Inn is a private estate located on 300 acres in Frederick, Maryland. The main building is a renovated bank barn dating to the early 1900s and is a showcase of historic structural renewal. The barn’s original heavy wood structural beams accent the interior decor throughout the Inn. The Amish-style post and beam construction and craftsmanship used in the Inn’s transformation will fascinate architectural buffs.
The surrounding 300 acres of fields and forest are yours to enjoy. Nature becomes the focus for all who take the time to visit here. A special wonderland is created by the rolling hillsides and woods. Migrating geese and Great Herons often pause in their flights to wander the banks of the ponds, and deer and other native wildlife are often seen in the fields surrounding the Inn.
This property was originally a dairy farm that was exchanged throughout the years until the Cochrans purchased it in the late 1970’s. Numerous years passed as the farm was transformed into a thoroughbred racehorse breeding facility. In the early 1990s, the Cochrans located their home here and began construction of the Morningside Inn, which opened for business in 1995. Roger Cochran and his son Brett, spent daylight hours satisfying their residential construction company customers and evenings and weekends completing the barn remodel. Roger and Brett have worked together over the years on numerous additions and alterations to provide a first-class banquet and conference facility. Weddings and receptions became the main events to be held here, and the Inn has evolved into one of Maryland’s finest Maryland wedding locations. Morningside is also a local favorite for private parties, banquets, retreats, and corporate meetings. The Cochrans are still managing the Inn.
Our Executive Chef is Tim Erfourth. Originally from Wisconsin, Tim started working in professional kitchens in 1978 and in 1981 started a 3 year Chef’s apprenticeship graduating in 1984. He moved to Maryland and served as Executive Chef in several area hotels and restaurants such as the Kennedy Warren Restaurant in Washington DC, Cornucopia Catering in Frederick, and Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville. Since 1995, Tim has been delighting guest at Morningside Inn with his delicious meals. Tim refuses to cut corners in the kitchen, every meal is made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients. At his request, an herb garden was planted at Morningside and guests often witness Chef Tim picking fresh herbs for their dinner. Tim is married with three children. He enjoys restoring his classic Mustang, Model Railroading, and Music.