The Schneller Geist is a bird-reptile chimera originating in the superstitions of early German immigrants later combined with sensationalistic newspaper reports of the monster. Schneller Geist means “Quick Spirit,” and the name evolved to the Snallygaster.
Early sightings associate the Snallygaster with Frederick County, Maryland. Later reports would expand on sightings encompassing an area to include Central Maryland and the Washington, DC, metro area. The last time it was seen in Sykesville, was the great flood of 1973. The Downtown Sykesville Connection worked with Jack White to create a tale and produced a book, with the support of the Carroll County Arts Council.
Purchase online and pick up at the Old Main Line Visitor’s Center & Post Office, 731 Oklahoma Road, downtown Sykesville.
Hiden Snallygaster murals have been added downtown to provide our community with a family-friendly and free walking tour with audio features.