The Union Mills Homestead, the Shriver family homestead for six generations, is a historic landmark located seven miles north of Westminster, Maryland, and 17 miles south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This museum of American rural culture features original artifacts — everything is much the same as when the Shriver family lived there. Tours of the main house, blacksmith shop and functioning grist mill offer a step into the past. Its cultural and Civil War history make Union Mills Homestead a popular destination for school groups and history buffs. The beautiful gardens and rustic meeting barn provide a scenic venue for weddings and gatherings.

vintage ornaments


vintage ornaments


Union Mills wheel closeup
Union Mills was built in 1797 by two brothers who combined their resources and respective skills in a venture involving the construction of two mills: a grist mill and a saw mill. The union of the two mills inspired the name “Union Mills.”

Union Mills tannery
In addition to the mills, the business included a tannery and a variety of supporting trades, including a blacksmith shop, cooper’s shop (where they made barrels) and wheelwright.

Union Mills mill+blacksmith
This historic country estate, including the family homestead with original furnishings, multiple outbuildings and a working mill, maintains a distinctive character and atmosphere capturing a significant view into an important portion of Maryland history.

Union Mills house
The site is now operated by the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation with all proceeds dedicated to the preservation, operation and interpretation of the Union Mills Homestead Complex.

(Photo credits:  Slider house photo – Roy and Delores Kelley Photographs.  Slider mill photo – Chris Sanfino.  Wedding photo – Kathryn Lynne Photography.)