Crawfords Restaurant, Guns & Ammo

Crawfords Restaurant, Guns & Ammo in downtown Boonsboro has attracted tourists with its roadside sign for years.

Restaurant, Guns & Ammo. Not your typical pairing, but the sign on Main Street Boonsboro is, according to Dick the barber, one of the most photographed in town. A close rival would be romance author Nora Roberts’ Inn BoonsBoro across the street.

I saw the sign for Crawfords, featuring the image of a 19th-century grandmotherly-type woman, a couple of years ago when I was in Boonsboro on another assignment. It was a hot, hot summer day and when I turned the ignition to fire up my van, nothing. Dead battery. While I waited for road assistance (which eventually came from the helpful people at the auto parts store), I popped into Crawfords for a cold drink. It was the kind of place every small town in America once had — with inventory that features a little bit of everything.

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