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Guided Tours of the Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill

Preserving the authentic atmosphere of Maryland’s rural home life, looking back over more than 200 years.

In the Shriver Homestead you will take a trip back in time with trained docents. The unique house museum is one to be seen by both adults and children, providing a glimpse into 160 years’ of Maryland rural living. Please note although we have reopened, our tour of the Shriver Homestead has been modified to allow for physical distancing and we limit tours to five guests at a time.

The Shriver Grist Mill at Union Mills is a working grist mill museum which produces stone ground whole wheat flour, corn meal, and other grain products. Included in a typical tour are:  a history of the mill and the site’s industrial complex, an explanation of equipment in the mill, and a demonstration of flour production.

School field trips and bus groups are also welcome and encouraged at the Homestead, but reservations are required. We would be pleased to tailor our tour to particular topics if so desired. The tours typically run one hour but can be longer or shorter depending on the preferences of the group.

Visitor Policies

To protect our historic artifacts and for your safety, please be mindful of the following policies:

  • Food, drinks, candy and gum are not allowed in the historic house.
  • In the historic house, please do not touch any of the artifacts. To avoid accidents, be aware of your surroundings and watch your step.
  • Photography: While personal, non-commercial photography is allowed in the grist mill and on the grounds, photography is not allowed inside the historic house.

For everyone’s safety:

  • Do not visit if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth if not vaccinated or unable to maintain distancing
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering the buildings
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance

Please contact us with any questions:

[email protected]




(Photo above courtesy of John Holmes.)