Contact & Directions


12805-A Mink Farm Road • Thurmont, MD 21788–1402

301.271.2823 • Fax 301.271.2060 • Email:

ThorpeWood is nestled in a rocky and heavily forested stream valley, 1,500 feet up in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland.

It is only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Washington and Baltimore, yet offers seclusion and a sense of remoteness.


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THORPEWOOD STAFF If you would like to contact a member of ThorpeWood’s staff, please call 301.271.2823

Sam Castleman

Program Director

Sam grew up in North Carolina. He attended the University of Washington, School of Forest Resources, and earned a BS in Forest Management. Sam arrived in Frederick County in 1994, when he began his work as Executive Director of ThorpeWood.

He is passionate about ThorpeWood’s mission to provide opportunities for under-served youth. Sam particularly enjoys being the horse professional and facilitator in ThorpeWood’s Equine Assisted Learning programs.

Scott Slonacker

Property Manager

Scott worked as a carpenter in building construction since graduating from high school and he owned his own construction business for 8 years. Scott and his wife, Gail, owned and operated a campground for 5 1/2 years in NC. Upon selling the campground, they moved to WV. In 2012 Scott was hired by Thorpewood as the Property Manager. Scott enjoys the outdoors year round and likes being active. He loves nature and animals, especially horses, and has several of his own.


Julie Parlaman

President/Owner, Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood

Julie joined the staff of ThorpeWood in November of 2000. Prior to coming to ThorpeWood she worked for 17 years in D.C. for a high school student exchange. During this time Julie had the opportunity to visit many countries and work with high school kids around the world.

In March, 2013, Julie took over as owner of the events business at ThorpeWood, calling the new company Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood, LLC. She will continue assisting clients through the planning of weddings, corporate events and so much more!

Julie has three daughters, Hannah, who just graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Elementary Education; Kelly, mother to Clayton and Camden, and Lindsay, mother of Christian and the only granddaughter, Grace. Julie enjoys spending time with her grandkids and loves animals (all of them!), camping, paddling, hiking, horseback riding, traveling and more!


Lexi Hartner

Assistant Director, Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood

Lexi joined the ThorpeWood staff part time in 2011, assisting Julie with weddings and corporate events. Lexi and her husband James were married at ThorpeWood in 2009. After having her 2nd daughter in February 2013, she decided to leave her full time job and join Julie, in a more permanent position, as the Assistant Director of Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood.

She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Richmond, where she majored in Rhetoric and Communication studies and was a scholarship athlete on the Women’s Division I Lacrosse team. Since graduating from college, she has worked in the events industry with experience working for an events company that specialized in private and corporate events and as an onsite coordinator, assisting with registration services for some of the largest trade shows in the country.

Lexi’s passion is working with people. She enjoys helping brides and grooms as they plan their wedding. She is always eager to ensure a couples’ wedding day at ThorpeWood is memorable.

When Lexi is not working can she can be found with husband, James and 2 daughters, Anslea (2 ½ ) and Addison (born in February 2013). She also enjoys spending time coaching local youth lacrosse teams and refereeing girl’s high school lacrosse in the Western Maryland area.