Sunday, June 29, 2008

Upcoming Events at Union Mills

A recent foray into northern Maryland yielded a stop at Union Mills Homestead, a beautiful historic site just below the Mason Dixon line, southeast of Littlestown, PA. You can stop in there pretty much any time and get a guided tour of the Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill. It is an idyllic setting along Route 97, just a few miles over the border into Maryland. You can almost immediately step back into the 19th century when you walk around there.

Beautifully and lovingly preserved, the homestead and gristmill are pleasant diversions from the 21st century's pressures.

Here are a few of the upcoming events:

--First up is Thursday, July 3. Union Mills was the starting point for Confederate General James Ewell Brown [JEB] Stuart and his cavalry division to advance on Hanover for their battle with Union Cavalry.

Events begin at 7:00 AM when a pancake breakfast with the troops begins. Breakfast ends at 11:00 AM.

--A real family outing on Sunday, July 13 when the Homestead puts on an Ice Cream Social from 1 to 4 PM. Clowns, wagon rides, and music. Also, the great tour of the Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill.

--July 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday will find a Civil War encampment and living history demonstrations.

--Saturday August 2nd, 11 AM to 5 PM, the 38th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival. And all you can eat corn roast with chicken and applesauce, tomatoes and roll and butter. A perfect way to celebrate the dog days of summer!

Any time you stop in please spare a few moments for a visit to the gift shop. It is a delight, as the entire site.

GettysBLOG highly recommends a visit to this pleasant sliver of 19th century living.

For more information visit: The Union Mills Homestead website.

[A note: We will start posting our annual Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary Posts tomorrow. Come back often as we sometimes post two or three a day. Enjoy!]

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