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About Visit Grist Mill Civil War

Shriver History

Correspondence & Diaries

Union Mills Photos

Links & Genealogy

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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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         - click for more info on Guided Tours

May 3-5, 2019

50th Annual Flower & Plant Market        Click for more info

July 20-21, 2019 Civil War Encampment and Living History (Sat. & Sun. - 9am-dusk)     -more info-     -registration form-

August 3, 2019

49th Annual Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival (Saturday 11-5) 

September 28, 2019

14th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival (Saturday - 11-6)     
October 20, 2019 13th Annual Mason-Dixon Jeep Gathering, (Sunday 10-3)    
November 16, 2019 Union Mills Christkindlmarkt (Saturday 11-4)  

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 [email protected]

star_red.gif (99 bytes) The Homestead welcomes school and tour visits.

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)

  • 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

Other Links (please report broken links)

Other Genealogy Links

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Line drawing of the Homestead by Richard Weidman.

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