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The Union Mills Homestead, the Shriver family homestead for six generations, is located in Union Mills, Maryland, about 17 miles south of Gettysburg, PA. The Homestead is now a museum of American culture, operated by the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, a non-profit foundation with all proceeds dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Union Mills Homestead Complex.

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A Victorian Holiday

Come join us at the Union Mills Homestead for a Victorian Holiday Season. Warm yourself by the fire in the Grist Mill while enjoying complementary treats. We invite you to visit our Gift Shop to find those perfect gifts for your family and friends.

Holiday Season Hours

December 5, 6, 12, 13

Friday 1-5 pm

Saturday 12-4pm

2015 Events
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Thanks for visiting in 2014!
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Typical Hours
 (except special
events; see below)

May: Weekends noon - 4pm
June-August: Daily but Monday, Weekdays, 10am-4pm; weekends, noon-4pm
September: Weekends, noon - 4pm  

May 1-3, 2015

46th Annual Flower & Plant Market

July 12, 2015

Ice Cream Sundae Social  (Sunday - 1-4)

July 18-19, 2015

Civil War Encampment and Living History (Sat. & Sun. - 9am-dusk)

August 1, 2015

45th Annual Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival (Saturday 11-5) - lots of pix on Facebook

September 26, 2015

10th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival (Saturday - 11-7)

October 25, 2015

9th Annual Mason-Dixon Jeep Gathering, (Sunday 10-3) -  Official site

star_red.gif (99 bytes)If you are interested in purchasing locally grown, freshly ground grain, contact our miller,

          Ivan Lufriu at or telephone 410-848-2288.
star_red.gif (99 bytes)The Union Mills Homestead is available to host your wedding or other special event

           Contact Jane Sewell, Executive Director, at 410-848-2288 or

star_red.gif (99 bytes)The Homestead welcomes school and tour visits.  Click for more information.

Shriver History

Correspondence & Diaries

Union Mills Photos

Links & Genealogy

Union Mills is a member of the Society for the Preservation Of Old Mills (SPOOM)
SPOOM Home Page             Mid-Atlantic Chapter            2005 SPOOM Conference at Union Mills

Shriver History and Genealogy (see also Links below)

star_red.gif (99 bytes) The Union Mills Homestead Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of     
Pastime: Life & Love on the Homefront During the Civil War
, 1861-1865
Now on sale in the Homestead Gift Shop.  Click for ordering information.

·       Excerpts from the Union Mills Homestead Foundation Newsletter.  The Newsletter has been published continuously since 1975, and reports on current events at the Homestead, and frequent articles on the history of the Homestead and Mill.  (Members receive the current newsletter.)

·       Helen Drury Macsherry, editor,, Pastime: Life & Love on the Homefront During the Civil War, 1861-1865, published in 2013

·       David Lovelace, The Shrivers: Under Two Flags, published by the Foundation in June, 2003.  Now reprinted.
Contact the Homestead for more information.

·       Mark K. Shriver, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father. Biography of Sargent Shriver, Jr., published in 2012.  Book signing at Union Mills

·       Samuel S. Shriver, The Green Books of Shriver History, 1888.   Project begun March 2002; completed, March 2003(Includes 1826 Narrative of Judge Shriver as included in the 1888 issue of the Green Book and Alsenborn church records, 1721.)  Click here for painting of the Alsenborn church.

·       "The Shriver Family of Little Conewago" by Kenneth K. Kroh, June, 1950.  A brief (5-page) history of the early Shrivers in America (1700s); drawn from other Shriver sources.  Link to Kroh's cover letter, and from there to the paper itself.  Added October, 2001.

·       Excerpts from The History of the Shriver FamilyAdded October, 2001.

·       The building of the Shriver Homestead in 1797 (excerpt from the "Red   Book").
History of the Union Mills Homestead Foundation (addendum to the "Red Book" for the Bicentennial)   (added April, 2002).
Purchase of the land for Union Mills, and history of the Bankert family. Added Feb. 2006

·       The Shriver Coat of Arms.  Other sites have other Shriver Coats of Arms; this one is from the cover of the Green Book; history of the Shriver family.

·       Description of the Shriver Family Papers in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society.  According to the MHS, "overall, the Shriver Family Papers are an essential collection for the political, economic and social history of Maryland in the Middle Period. Moreover, the richness and size of the collections provide an excellent opportunity for the study of family history."

·       In memory of Esther L. ShriverAug. 11, 1928 - Jan. 12, 2006;  Obituary

·       In memory of James McSherry Shriver, Jr. - 2/19/1928-8/27/2010; Obituaries

·       In memory of Charles P. (Chuck) Ives, III - October 22, 2012 Obituary in the Baltimore Sun

·       In memory of R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. - 1915-2011
     (note that his parents were second cousins, both descended from Andrew Shriver)

            R. Sargent Shriver, Jr., b. 1915

                        son of R. Sargent Shriver, b. 1878 and Hilda Shriver, b. 1882 (2nd cousins)

                                    Hilda was daughter of Thomas H. Shriver, b. 1846

                                                son of William Shriver, b. 1796

                                                          son of Andrew Shriver, b. 1762


                                    R. Sargent Shriver was son of Henry Shriver, b. 1841

                                                son of Joseph Shriver, b. 1806
                                                           son of Andrew Shriver, b. 1762

Union Mills Correspondence and Diaries

·       Images and transcripts of Shriver letters from Union Mills.   (This will be a long project; begun October, 2000)

·       Picture postcards to and from residents of Union Mills, 1900-1910; featuring poetry by H. Wirt Shriver to his grandsons and to his son-in-law. (added February 2000)

·       History of Rural Free Delivery at Union Mills -- a Photo Essay.  (added January 2000)
Proud to be linked at the Museum of Online Museums, April 2002

·       Diary of Mary Winifred Shriver at age 13 and 14, describing the everyday life of a child at Union Mills in 1889.

·       Shriver letters of the Civil War, in the collection of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collections.
The Shriver correspondence is a small group of mostly war-related notes and letters, written from 1860 to 1865 by the brothers Andrew Keiser Shriver (four items) and Thomas Herbert Shriver (three items). The authors were two of the thirteen children of William and Mary Owings Shriver of Union Mills, Carroll County, Maryland.

Union Mills and Shriver Photos

·       150th Anniversary of Corbit's Charge and the Battle of Gettysburg

·       Union Mills today.  A few random shots of the Union Mills Homestead.

·       Union Mills is included in the collection at

·       Photo albums.  These pictures have come through, Philip Shriver Klein, and Frederic Shriver Klein.

·       Historic Union Mills sun dial, and sun dial reproduction created in the 1960s.

·       Photos from the 2005 SPOOM Conference

·       Links to some wedding photos from Union Mills

Other Links (please report broken links)

·       Union Mills Homestead featured on the Heart of the Civil War web site.

·       More information about Carroll County History can be found at: Historical Society of Carroll County.

·       Civil War Blacksmith.  Joseph C. Staup III (aka "Reb").  Living History re-enactor demonstrates his craft at Union Mills.

·       Since 2003 Union Mills has been an official stop on the Maryland Civil War Trails route.
Click here to see the signage at the Homestead.

·       In 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg nearly happened at Union Mills, and actions in Carroll County played a key role in the run-up to that battle.  See the discussion by Ronald A. Church of the Pipe Creek Line.  See also Approaches to Gettysburg

·       General Meade's Pipe Creek Circular (Part 1) by John Allen Miller.

·       Just South of Gettysburg: Carroll County, Maryland in the Civil War, Personal Accounts and Descriptions of a Maryland Border County, 1861-1865,  by Dr. Frederic Shriver Klein.

·       Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, St. Martin's Press, (June, 2003).  Fictional account of the battle, set along the Pipe Creek Line at Union Mills.  See especially the photo gallery for pictures of Newt at Union Mills.   Click here for details of the August 9, 2003 book signing at the Homestead.
"Gettysburg is a creative, clever, and fascinating ‘what if?’ novel that promises to excite and entertain America’s legions of Civil War buffs."—James Carville

·       History of Littlestown, PA.  Several mentions of the Shriver family, including Herbert Shriver's role as a guide to the Confederate troops prior to the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 , and the B.F. Shriver canning plant in Littlestown.

·       Looks like Union Mills is part of the Geocaching sport - GIS hide-and-seek game -- Summer 2005. 

·       Small Museum Association - an all volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

·       Open Hearth Cooking at Union Mills

·       Congratulations Jessica and Kevin!

·       Union Mills cast iron firebacks featured as "Picture of the Month" at

Other Genealogy Links

·       Shriver (Schriver) House Museum in Gettysburg, PA.

·       A collection of Shriver/Schreiber/Schryver web sites, including The Schryver Page, and Lorenz Schreiber genealogy.

·       Schultz genealogy page.  Elizabeth Schultz m. Andrew Shriver in 1786.  This site traces Elizabeth's line back to Gabriel and Anna Margaretta Schultz of the Pfaltz, Alsace, Germany in the late 1600s.

·       History and Genealogy of the Stonesifer Family of Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Includes many references to the Bankert and the Shriver families.

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Line drawing of the Homestead by Richard Weidman.

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