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Union Mills Homestead Foundation

3311 Littlestown Pike
Westminster, MD 21158-2137

410-848-2288 - voice

Contact 1Jane S. Sewell
Executive Director
410-848-2288 - voice
ejss61@aol.com
PurposeTo operate, preserve, and maintain the historic Union Mills Homestead complex, built in 1797.
ServiceThe Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill are open seasonally for guided tours, providing visitors a glimpse back in time into the lives of the six generations of one family that lived here over a period of 160 years. The site is open for tours in May and September on weekends only from noon to 4 pm. From June through August, it is open 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and weekends noon to 4 pm. Closed Mondays. The Union Mills Homestead Complex is a museum of American culture providing visitors a significant view into an important portion of Maryland history. Interpretive tours through the historic Shriver Homestead reflect the evolution of rural living over a period from the presidency of George Washington on through the mid twentieth century and the rich history of the site. The restored, working Grist Mill demonstrates how grist mills were among the earliest of American industries, using water power and automated milling technologies to turn grains into flour. The Grist Mill still produces a variety of stone-ground grain products including whole wheat flour, buckwheat, and cornmeal, all of which are available for purchase in the gift shop. The Homestead is known for its variety of annual events that reflect the distinctive character and history of the site: the Flower and Plant Market and Sale the first weekend in May; Civil War Encampment and Living History on the 3rd weekend of July; the Annual Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival the first Saturday in August; and the Maryland Microbrewery Festival the last Saturday in September. The Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill are located on Route 97, seven miles north of Westminster and about 15 miles south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
SubjectsChristmas - Displays/Events, Civil War, Fairs/Festivals, Flowers And Flower Shows, Historic Sites, Tourist Information/Attractions
Last Updated30 September 2020