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Before & During Restoration
In early 1973, with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the house and mill were stabilized and restored. Ten years later, in May 1983, and with additional grants from the State of Maryland, Carroll County, and gifts from the membership, the mill was restored to working order, its machinery painstakingly recreated by British engineer-turned-millwright Derek Ogden.
In 1986, the Foundation re-opened the Miller’s House as a visitor center and gift shop, and the Tannery underwent renovation to serve as both storage space and a meeting hall. After being destroyed in an arson fire on October 25, 1990, the remaining portion of the Tannery was completely re-built using traditional construction techniques, including a replica of the original sundial painted on the Tannery wall in the 1860s.
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Corbit’s Charge 1863 / Union Mills 150th Commemoration
On June 28–30, 2013, Union Mills commemorated the excitement of 150 years ago: the prelude to the Battle of Gettysburg. Reenactors became living history and walked in the footsteps of the citizens of Carroll County, Maryland, and the soldiers who encamped in Union Mills. “Citizen Meets Soldier” was a living history of the interactions between the Shriver family and residents of Union Mills, with the soldiers of the Civil War, on the exact location where the Confederate and Union armies rested, but never met.
The Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc., joined with the Corbit’s Charge Commemorative Committee in planning for the event. The weekend-long celebration included a ceremony at the Battle Monument in Westminster, a commemoration at the nearby graveyard where those killed during the Corbit’s Charge cavalry battle were buried, and walking tours of the Corbit’s Charge Battle Site.
On Saturday and Sunday, the celebration moved to Union Mills following the route taken by Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his Cavalry. The events on the scenic and spacious grounds of the Uniton Mills Homestead included commemorations, Civil War reenactments and encampments, musical celebrations, and living history portrayals and displays.