Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage
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Carroll County

10 am to 5 pm


Chairman:  Hilles H. Whedbee, (H)410-771-1341, (C)443-691-4245,
Committee Chairman:  Ads, Hilles Whedbee. Houses, Helen Hecht, Beckie Herricks, Diane Bastress, and Debbie Schmidt.  Luncheon, Cheryl Vecera & Lynn Kirby,   Union Mills Homestead Information and Hospitality, Jane Sewell. 
Special Project:  Proceeds from the Carroll County Tour will be used to support the work of the Union Mills Homestead, and, in particular, restoration of a stone wall and outdoor fireplace overlooking the fishpond.  This garden feature is original to the Homestead and provides a wonderful spot to look over the farm and gardens.
Lunch:  A delicious boxed lunch will be available at the Ascension Episcopal Church.  Cost per lunch is $12.  Reservations are required.  Choices include a sandwich – Turkey/Cheese or Ham/Cheese, Fruit – Apple or Halo Orange, Chips or Pretzels, Brownie or cookie, Water or Tea.  Hot coffee and tea will be available for purchase on site, as well as trail mix and granola bars.  Please contact Cheryl Vecera or Lynn Kirby at 410-848-3251 or to place your order.
Carroll County is in the central part of the state, located between Baltimore and Frederick counties. The county was created in 1837 out of the western part of Baltimore County and the eastern part of Frederick County.  The County was named after Charles Carroll, one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence and the longest-lived of all the signers, who died a few years before the County’s founding.  Westminster, near the geographic center, was chosen as the seat of government for the county.  William Winchester laid out the town of Westminster in 1764 on part of his tract called “White’s Level.”  Winchester’s home still stands, one the oldest surviving structures in the county.

The county has a diverse heritage.  The northern part of the county was settled by Germans moving south from Pennsylvania.  These settlers created small family farms centered around small towns.  The southern part of the county was settled by those of English background who were moving inland from the tidewater in search of farmland.  These families tended to own larger tracts of land.  These differences are reflected in the architecture and towns of the county.

From its earliest days the county was primarily agricultural.  Rich land attracted farming families.  Mills sprang up along the creeks and streams to process the produce.  The arrival of the railroad and construction of turnpikes boosted the county’s economy.  Improved roads led to Baltimore, Frederick, Hanover, Washington and other major markets. Tanneries, paper mills, canneries, and quarries appeared and began to diversify the county’s economy.

As in many places, the Civil War divided Carroll County’s citizens.  Approximately 750 men joined the Union army while about 250 of their neighbors fought for the Confederacy. The county saw Confederate troops on its soil three times during the war.

BALTIMORE:  From I – 695 West, take exit 19 for I – 795 W towards Reisterstown/Owings Mills.  Continue 9 miles onto MD 140 W towards Westminster.  In 12 miles, stay Right and exit onto Sullivan Road.  In 4 miles, Site #1 will be on the Right.
WASHINGTON:  From Baltimore Washington Park, I – 295N, take I – 695 N towards Towson, get off on exit 19 to I – 795 N towards Reisterstown/Owings Mills.  In 9 miles stay on MD 140 W towards Westminster.  In 12 miles, stay right and exit onto Sullivan Road.  Site #1 will be in 4 miles on your Right.
WILMINGTON/PHILADELPHIA:  Take I – 95 S towards Baltimore.  Exit onto 695 W towards Towson.  Take exit 19 onto I – 795 W towards Reisterstown/Owings Mills.  In 9 miles, continue on MD 140 W towards Westminster.  In 12 miles, stay Right onto Sullivan Road.  In 4 miles, Site #1 will be on your Right.



1. WINDSWEPT, 1375 Sullivan Road, Westminster 21157 

Windswept is a 190 acre farm just north of Westminster. Originally part of the Ship’s Quarters property that was the site of 3 Olympic Equestrian trials in the 80s, the homesite was purchased in 1995, by the present owners. Gary Clark, a prominent Maryland custom home builder had a vision for Windswept. “The Cottage” was completed in October 1995 followed by the pool, and a 3 acre stocked pond. The main house was designed with large windows and several porches to take full advantage of the park-like natural surroundings.. The Clarks moved into the main house in October 1997. The Cottage and Main House will be on tour. Both were designed by Ron Brasher of D.R. Brasher Architects, Inc. Owners: Gary and Joan Clark.

At end of drive, proceed straight across the road onto Beggs Road. In 1.5 miles, turn Left on Old Bachman’s Valley Road. In 2.3 miles, turn Left onto Bachman’s Valley Road. In 3.1 miles, turn Right onto MD – 97 N, Littlestown Pike. Site #2 will be in 3.2 miles on the Right. 


3311 Littlestown Pike,
Westminster, 21158

The homestead, a national historic district, is comprised of a dwelling house, a grist mill, and a Bollman-design bridge. The Shriver Homestead was built in 1797 and was home to the family for 6 generations. It is now a museum of American culture. The original house was built by Andrew and David Shriver as a double house, sharing a common stairhall and porch. It is seven bays long of which the three center bays of each floor opens onto the two-story portico with its chinese trellis railing. The two windows flanking the center doors are smaller than the others of the facade, having four over four sash while the remainder have six over six sash. Original clapboard, first floor panelled shutters, as well as the portico are still intact. As times changed and the families grew, wings were added to each side of the dwelling. They are generally a continuation of the original structure, having little or no ornamentation. Dormers were placed in the roof of the west wing. Across the south facade is a porch of a later date than the original house. A mill stands across the yard from the house after which the area is named. The Mill has been selected as a partner site with the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibit entitled “The Way We Worked.” This is a traveling exhibit that explores how work became a central element in American culture. The Homestead project will draw attention to grist mills in Piedmont Maryland and the effect the Shriver enterprises had on work in the area, with a focus on grist mill technology. Please enjoy the Flower and Plant Mart while visiting the Homestead.
Exit Right out of the driveway onto MD – 97N. Continue 2 miles and turn Left onto Mayberry Road. In 5.4 miles, stay Right to stay on Mayberry Rd. In 1.3 miles, go Right onto Bear Run Rd. In ½ mile, turn Left onto Runneymede Road. Site #3 will be .7 miles at end of road. 



3. GLENBURN, 3515 Runnymede Rd., Taneytown 21787 

Situated along the banks of Bear Branch, Glenburn was built in 1840 by Rogers Birnie, son of the prominent Taneytown physician Clotworthy Birnie. Rodgers operated a boys boarding school from 1847-1877 while his sisters operated a girls school nearby, Thorndale. Some of the names and dates of the pupils can still be seen carved into the side of the old wagon shed. In 1937, Glenburn was purchased by Chester and Gippie Neal of Kentucky. Gippie loved the wrap around porch where she could watch the deer and the foxes cross the stream before disappearing into the woods around the bucolic grounds. Their son Robert and wife Elizabeth raised their five children here until Dort and Richard Mollett, owners of Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel in Taneytown purchased Glenburn in 2007. They began an extensive five year restoration including the grounds, guesthouse, springhouse, and barns as well as the magnificent main house.

Turn Right out of drive onto Runneymede Rd. In ~ ½ miles, turn Right onto Bear Run Road. In ½ miles, turn Right onto Mayberry Rd. At Red Light, turn Left onto MD – 140E, Taneytown Pike. In 8 miles, turn Right onto Court Street. In ¼ miles, turn Left onto Court Lane. Site #4 will be on your Right. Proceed past Church and park in Parking Lot behind destination. RESTROOMS AND LUNCH located here.



4. ASCENSION EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster,

The Church of the Ascension dates to November 28, 1843, when a small group of concerned local Episcopalians met for the purpose of organizing a congregation in Westminster, which at the time, was a small village with a population of approximately 500. Groundbreaking took place on August 22, 1844, and the Church of the Ascension was consecrated on Ascension Day, 1846. This original building, now affectionately referred to as the Stone Church, exemplifies the Neo-Gothic architectural style advocated by the Ecclesiological Society in the 19th century. The Stone Church has been modified only slightly in the past 160-plus years, and is recognized as an historic property by the Maryland Historical Trust. Indeed, 19th century Episcopalians such as Carroll County’s own Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner, would probably feel very much at home in the Stone Church even today. (As an aside, although Mr. Key died shortly before the parish was established, he would certainly have known the early founders of the church, and was probably part of the early discussions regarding Ascension. Moreover, Ascension can certainly claim a spiritual heritage with Mr. Key via outreach to the African American community, and one of Ascension’s most historic memorials honors Mr. Key’s work with local African American children; a plaque bearing his name and detailing his efforts in this regard is found in the vestibule of the Stone Church.)
By 1944, the parish campus consisted of the Stone Church, a parish house build in 1932, and the Parke House, the church’s rectory. The Holy Cross House was added in 1961, the Great Hall replaced the old parish house in 1975, and the Holy Cross Hall was built in 2000. Our facility is part of the Westminster Historic District, which is listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Exit at rear of Parking Lot, bear Right onto Ralph St.. In 350 feet, turn Right onto E. Main Street. In 1.0 miles, turn Right onto W. Main Street. Stay Right and Enter McDaniel College. At top of hill, destination # 4 in on the Right. Parking is across the street – Admissions Parking. 



5. THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE, McDaniel College, 1 College Hill, Westminster, 21157

Built in 1889 by Baltimore architect Jackson C. Gott, this Victorian house has welcomed all to the campus. Four siblings – brothers Mr. W.G. Baker, Mr. Joseph D. Baker, and Mr. Daniel Baker and their sister Mrs. Charles F. Thomas – donated $4000.00 in honor of their parents to build a house for the president on the campus. This house served as a home for seven consecutive presidents. At a time when most residences for college presidents are no longer on campuses, this house allows for closer contact between the president and the campus community.

Site # 6 is across the road from Site #5 – a short walk.



6. LITTLE BAKER CHAPEL, Westminster,  21157

So called to distinguish it from the later built and larger Baker Memorial Chapel, this chapel was dedicated to the college in 1895 as a gift from a trustee of the college, Mr. William G. Baker. Mr. Baker donated the Chapel as a thanks offering to God for the restoration of the health of his son. Originally the Chapel was used for Sunday School and Sunday evening services, but in 1932 the Sunday service was moved to Alumni Hall because the Chapel, with a seating capacity of 250, could no longer contain the number of people attending. When built, Little Baker did not include the stained glass windows it now displays. They were added in 1920 by Mr. Baker and his brother, Danial. Created by H.T.Gernhart and Co. of Baltimore, they include “The Annunciation”, “The Madonna and Child”, “The Light of the World”, and “Christ in the Temple.”

WALKING - 2 minutes.
DRIVING - From the Admissions Parking Lot, go out the rear side of the Lot and turn Left onto Uniontown Road. In 350 feet, turn Right onto Old New Windsor Pike. In 350 feet, turn Left onto West Green Street. Site #7 is the first house on the Right. Street Parking.



7. PROSPECT HILL, 97 W. Green Street, Westminster, 21157 

Often called “the prettiest house in Westminster” by area residents and realtors, Prospect Hill dates to 1847. Used as a hospital during the Civil War, it is built on land originally of a part of a 101 acre estate owned by the Yingling family. Typical of the time, it was built in the Pennsylvania farmhouse style, but made unique with such fashionable Victorian details as the three-sided porch and Gothic peaks on all four sides of the roof. The current owners purchased the house in September 2004 and have put in countless hours coordinating contractors and working on the many renovations themselves. For many years, the upstairs of the home had been divided into rental rooms used to house students from what was then, Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. It has been reincorporated into a primary living space and now consists of a master suite, master bath, and three guest rooms. The kitchen floor, mantel and bar are made from natural Carroll County Walnut. The beams came from farm owners in the Winfield and Hampstead areas. The house is complimented with a combination of antiques and English traditional furnishings. The hardwood floors are host to an array of Persian and oriental rugs. Owners: Ron and Debbie Schmidt.

Head NW on W. Green Street back to Old New Windsor Rd and go Left. In 2 miles, turn Right toward MD – 31W. Turn Left onto MD – 31 W, New Windsor Rd. Cont. on MD – 31W for 9 miles. Turn Left onto Main Street (MD – 31W). In 4.4 miles, turn Right onto MD – 75 S/Green Valley Rd./Union Bridge Rd. Cont. on MD – 75S/Green Valley Rd for 3.2 miles. Turn Left onto Ladiesburg Rd. In 0.2 miles, turn Right to stay on Ladiesburg Rd. Continue approx. 1/2 mile, Site #8 will be on the Right.



8. HARD LODGING, 4623 Ladiesburg Rd., Union Bridge, 21791

This historic house, dating from 1790, is built on a small cliff overlooking the site where its first owner, Solomon Shepherd, had a mill that is no longer standing. The house was built in three stages, the middle section, a 2 ½ story brick structure, was probably built first. This section, related to Pennsylvania German architecture, is similar to other domestic structures in the area. The architecture of Hard Lodging is significant in Carroll County because of the departure it takes from the predominant farmhouse style found in central Maryland during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Federal section, or main section of the house to the west, with its exterior architectural details and interior woodwork, is much more sophisticated than other farmhouses in the region and more similar to houses found in the Tidewater region. The site of Hard Lodging presumes the attention given to the architecture, creating a classical atmosphere to the countryside setting. The combination of these elements produces an unusual farmhouse, yet keeps Hard Lodging simple in design and refined in appearance.

Return to Ladiesburg Rd, going Left out of the driveway. Continue to MD – 75 N/Green Valley Rd. and turn Right. In 3.2 miles, turn Left onto Main Street. Continue 0.2 miles and keep Right onto MD -31 E/New Windsor Rd. In 2.6 miles, turn Right onto Medford Rd.. In 1.2 miles, continue onto Chapel Rd. In 1.3 miles. Continue onto Kate Wagner Rd. In 0.7 miles, turn Left onto Gist. Rd. Site #9 will be ½ mile on the Left.



9. MULBERRY, 950 Gist Road, Westminster, 21157

Known previously as Friendship Valley Farm, the main house was built in 1795 by Colonel Joshua Gist, brother of General Mordecai Gist and nephew of Christopher Gist, George Washington’s guide through the northwest wilderness. The property remained in the Gist family until 1938. The whitewashed brick house, a remarkable example of early American architecture, is symmetrical with recessed porches on both sides of the house. The bricks were made on the property, and some of them measure 22 inches. A Grand National Champion black mulberry tree shades the entire house. The original outbuilding, a log cabin with stone foundation, has been restored. Nearby stands the Bell House. The bell tower, in use for two centuries, is reputed to contain gold. The stone-paved summer kitchen in the Bell House has a huge fireplace. Only four families have resided at Friendship Valley Farm. The current owners purchased the farm in 1975 and named it Mulberry in honor of the champion tree on the property. In 1988 they added the new kitchen, master suite and swimming pool. Most of the landscaping was done by the late John Donofrio. Owners: Nicholas and Carole Samios


BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON/POINTS NORTH: Turn Right out of Driveway onto Gist Rd. In 500 feet, turn Left onto Hook Road. In 0.7 miles, turn Left onto MD - 97 N. In 1.7 miles, turn Right onto MD – 140E/ Baltimore Blvd. In 9.6 miles, keep left onto I – 795 South towards Owings Mills/Baltimore. In 9.2 miles, Left 2 lanes will merge onto I – 695 N Pikesville/Towson. Right 2 lanes will merge onto I – 695 S Washington/Annapolis.

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