Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ October 2011

Woodmoor Reminiscences

Remembering Stone House Inn

By Tom Crilly

[Editor’s Note:  Through the NFCCA Listserv, I asked long-time residents of our neighborhood for their memories of Four Corners and Woodmoor Shopping Center.  This is the first in a series of the responses received.]

In 1965, I was a young upstart engineer at the Naval Ordnance Lab in White Oak (now the FDA).  My boss tasked me to arrange a retirement party for a coworker.  I was new to the area, but someone suggested the Stone House Inn.  I had never been there, but it was close and many recommended it.  I called for a lunchtime reservation for about 20 guests.

The Stone House Inn, located on Colesville Road where the 7-11 now sits, was owned by John Emory, who, according to his 1997 obituary in the Gazette, “specialized in family-style Southern cooking and all-you-can-eat chicken from the family farm.”

When we arrived, there was obviously a large dining table all set up for us in the main dining area, but we were asked to wait, and the staff quickly set up a table in a somewhat cramped room in the back of the restaurant.  We were escorted to the room and seated.  The party was enjoyable and the service was what I would consider normal.

On the way out, I noticed that large table in the main dining area had been dismantled and set up as several smaller tables, but there were very few guests that day.  The MaĆ®tre d’, who most likely didn’t know that I was the one who phoned in the reservation, quipped to me on the way out, “Those people are getting into every place.”  In the group, our secretary, an engineer, and a technician were black.  I was shocked at the blatant discrimination, realizing that is why we were shuffled off to the back room.

I never went back to the Stone House Inn, and was glad to see it go out of business and get torn down.   ■

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