Union Mills Homestead Traditional Geocache
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The cache is located near the historic Union Mills Homestead that dates back to the 1797. Parking is available at the Union Mills Community Park (N 39 40.108 W 077 1.174). The cache requires stepping over a very small stream.
The cache is a 2" by 5" cylinder with a red cap. It is not visible in its hiding place.
The Homestead was built in 1797 while George Washington was still president of the newly formed union. Two brothers, Andrew and David Shriver built the mill and house in the frontier country of Western Maryland. It is an old quaint picturesque country home, with twenty three rooms, planned for comfortable rural living.
The Homestead has a very interesting history. It served as a stage-coach tavern, an early post-office, a school, a magistrate’s office, a political headquarters and a well known symbol of gracious Southern hospitality for many literary and political notables. It has been visited by Washington Irving who relaxed here and chatted into the night in front of the fireplace. Audubon the naturalist watched the Baltimore Oriole build its nest here near the old bridge.
This was an important site just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. On June 30, 1863, the Confederate cavalry led by J. E. B. Stuart passed by here while trying to reach General Robert E. Lee. On the same day, both armies were at Union Mills. The homes of two Shriver brothers represented the conflicting loyalties. William Shriver had sons in the Confederate army, and Andrew Shriver family had a son in the Union Army.
While in the area, walk over and see the Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill located across the creek. There are information signs between the buildings and the Homestead is open for tours during special events.
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