Located in Carroll County, Best Western Westminster is within close proximity to many things to do in Westminster. From shopping to wine tours, from the local college to historic war sites, there is plenty to see and do during your stay.
1430 E. Mayberry Road Westminster, MD 410-346-7881
To promote Carroll County’s role during the American Civil War, we have preserved historic land by assisting community efforts and the county historical society, and stimulate interest in our heritage and history by educating Carroll Countians of all ages.
Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table also continues the art of oral history by sponsoring monthly programs and special outreach programs about Carroll County, provides volunteer work where necessary, and preserves our history through writing and photography. Meetings are generally the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Wellness Center, Carroll Lutheran Village, St. Luke Drive, or at a location to be announced. During the year, battlefield walks are conducted as the opportunity arises to study local campaigns and battles.
The Farm Museum recreates an era of self-sufficiency. The nineteenth-century farm family worked the land and produced their own food, soap, and clothing. The Farm Museum showcases period antiques, donated by local Carroll County families. The museum includes one hundred and forty acres of grounds displaying early farm instruments. The Farmhouse was built in 1852 and contains six exhibit rooms.
The farm is a working operation with live farm animals. The outbuildings include a smokehouse, a springhouse, blacksmith shop, and wagon shed, and are used to demonstrate life on an 1800's farm. Skilled artisans present traditional arts such as blacksmithing, tinsmithing, spinning, weaving, quilting, and woodcarving. The General Store sells handcrafted items made by these artisans. There is also a one-room schoolhouse on the site.
Civil War encampments and other special events are regularly scheduled. Recreational facilities are available. Open weekends Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5pm - May through October. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm - July and August.
North on Route 97 1-800-272-1933
The Shriver Homestead was originally established in 1797 by David and Andrew Shriver along Big Pipe Creek. The ambitious brothers built a gristmill and a sawmill and later added a tannery, copper shop and blacksmith's shop. Union Mills' most interesting history occurs during the Civil War. Living at the Homestead, Andrew Shriver and family supported the Union cause. Directly across the road, his brother William Shriver and family supported the Confederate cause. Each family sent sons to the army of their cause. Their children divided the property and those living at the "Homestead" were loyal to the North although owning slaves, and those living across the road, although against slavery, were loyal to the South.
On June 29, 1863, General Stuart's Confederate Cavalry camped there after being delayed in their march through Westminster by the Delaware Calvary stationed there. The family awoke to the sight of horses and soldiers filling the yard and surrounding the house. When asked for his horses, Andrew Shriver replied that he was a Union man, but daughters crying prevented him from being taken prisoner. The hungry soldiers were fed at William’s home across the road. With Herbert Shriver as their guide, the rebel cavalry departed towards Hanover, Pennsylvania. Shortly after the Confederate cavalry left, the Union soldiers arrived and camped in the surrounding fields and the division commander made the Andrew Shriver's house his headquarters. The Union soldiers also departed for Gettysburg. The windows rattled from the cannons of the Battle of Gettysburg as the family awaited the outcome.
Today the mill is still in operation; grinding rye, whole wheat, buckwheat and cornmeal flours, which are available for purchase at the site. The Union Mills Homestead is located seven miles north of Westminster on Route 97. Open from June through August, Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. From September to May, it is open weekends from noon to 4pm.
On Route 340 South and Potomac River
On September 12, 1862, General Stonewall Jackson attacked the Federal garrison at Martinsburg driving the Union troops to Harper's Ferry. During this Confederate advance, Union General McClellan marched through Frederick and received a lost copy of Lee’s battle plan Confederate Order 191, called the Lost Dispatch. On September 13, Jackson occupied the southern exit from Harper's Ferry and bombarded the garrison there. McLaw’s Confederate division captured Maryland Heights, cutting off a Federal retreat northwards. Walker's Confederate division occupied Loudon Heights and surrounded Mile's division. The Union army surrendered 12,000 troops at Harper's Ferry on the 15th.
2962 Nicodemus Rd Westminster, MD 410-848-6511
Serpent Ridge Vineyard, located in Beautiful Carroll County is Westminster’s First Vineyard Winery. Newly opened in 2009, they specialize in small lots of handmade wine from grapes grown directly on the vineyard, select Maryland vineyards, and other carefully chosen sites.
Serpent Ridge consists currently of two acres of grapes, and this leads to a hands-on approach to wine making. Each vintage is made in small lots, and aged in stainless steel or new age oak. The bottles are sealed with a Zork, a relatively new and quite innovative approach to bottle closures. In regards to the debate of art versus science when wine making, Greg (Owner) says this “At Serpent Ridge we allow the art of winemaking to be nudged by science if it decides to wander too far from our vision.”
4326 Maple Grove Road Hampstead, MD 410-374-6596
Galloping Goose Vineyards are located in northern Carroll County, Maryland. The rolling hills are graced with 32 acres of vines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Petit Verdot, Chambourcin and Chardonnay make up the majority of the vineyards.
The winery is dedicated to producing small quantities of estate wines, aged in oak with a personal touch. Galloping Goose is a family-run business.
The quaint tasting and gathering rooms are open for wine tasting and tours, most Saturdays and Sundays*, from noon until 5 pm. Special gatherings and events can be planned. Ask about our Barrel Club and Case Club. We invite you to enjoy the wines and relax in this country setting.
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Route 97 south
Washington D.C. has great historic attractions such as the George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, National Museum of Natural History, the National Art Gallery, and the memorials on the Mall. The nation’s Capitol is only 45 miles on scenic Route 97 south of Westminster.
Part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area, this city is known for its rich history. Visit national museums, state parks and old colonial sites. Enjoy the downtown area's great dining, shopping and annual events.
Located in central Pennsylvania and one of the oldest towns in USA, Lancaster is home to plenty of dining, shopping and things to do. People flock to the town for Dutch Wonderland, Hersheypark and the Central Market.
Route 94 north
Hanover is located at the intersection of Route 94 and Route 116 in York County. Hanover has maintained its small town charm with a delightful selection of specialty shops surrounding its square. Two large food processors, Snyder’s and Utz, are open for factory tours. Neas House Museum and the Wirt Park Fire Station Museum are both located downtown. A few blocks to the north is the Eichelberger Performing arts Center. Contact the Hanover Chamber of Commerce at 717-637-6130 or visit the website at:
McDaniel College, the 160-acre campus overlooking Downtown Westminster is a private college with the focus in science and liberal arts. The college formally known as Western Maryland College, prides itself on plenty of undergraduate and 17 graduate programs offered.
The college is a huge center for local sports, arts, theater, lectures, workshop and other community events available to the public.
Learn more on their website by clicker HERE.
Westminster is home to Carroll Community College. The college offers plenty 2-year degree courses in health, business, criminal justice, fine and performing arts, teacher education, technical studies and transfer programs. The college also houses plenty of interactive courses while taking advantage of their professional facilities.
Click HERE to visit their website and learn more.
Located in the Greenspring Valley area of Baltimore County, Stevenson University os a private and independent university specializing in undergraduate and graduate studies.
We are located just an hour out from many renowned higher education facilities.This includes the ever popular American university. Learn more about any of these institutions below.
Enjoy the charming and historic small-town vibe of Downtown Westminster. The downtown area provides one-of-a-kind shopping experience with quaint restaurants and business owners. Friendly to solo and family visitors alike, guests flock to the Carroll Arts Center and the Historical Society of Carroll County. There are plenty of special events that go on through the year. Experience concerts, parades, festivals and much more!
Enjoy an eclectic dining experience with local restaurant owners and their fantastic cuisine.
Enjoy the modern, cultural and historic shopping experience of downtown Westminster.
Located in Westminster, MD, TownMall is the shopping pinnacle of Westminster. The shopping center boasts over 80 stores eateries including Bath & Body Works, Claire's, Foot Locker, GameStop, Subway, Arby's and Sears.
Click HERE for more information on TownMall Westminster.
Run by the Carroll County Arts Council, enjoy exciting local events and the Carroll Arts Center. From ensemble concerts to abstract art shows, there is no shortage of entertainment and culture in Westminster, MD. Engage in annual special activities like Adult Art & Yoga Classes, PEEPShow and Art in the Park.
Click HERE for event listings and ticketing info.
Discover the Westminster Catering & Conference Center, the perfect location for your next business meeting, wedding, social banquet, group gathering, religious retreat and reunion. Adjacent to Best Western Westminster are easy to get to, provide fantastic culinary offerings and we have a history of satisfied customers.
With 10 private event rooms and over 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, they offer the ideal accommodations for groups from 8 to 300 guests. Regardless of your group’s size, they have the right venue for you. From intimate meeting suites to the elegance of our Grand Ballroom, you can rest assured that your gathering will be held in style.
Click HERE to visit their website and inquire about your next meeting or event.
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is the center of Westminster and surrounding city relations. From special events and seminars to job postings council meetings, the Chamber prides itself on leading business innovation in the community.
Visit carrollcountychamber.org for more information.
Whether you're in town to meet a client or completing contract work at a nearby business, The Best Western Westminster is centrally located to all of Westminster's local business happenings.
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Soak up Westminster nature at the Hshawha Environmental Center & Bear Branch Nature Center. The park includes several miles of multi-use trails, fishing spots, lake Hashawha and diverse wildlife. Hashawha is known for its educational practices with elementary students which includes an on-site nature retreat. There are plenty of seasonal festivals that take place on the grounds such as the Maple Festival and the Maple Sugarin' Festival. The Bear Branch Nature Center features a planetarium, summer camps and group camping.
The Westminster Community Pond is a family popular destination in Westminster. The newly revitalized nature preserve offers a playground, trails, fishing and much more.
Visit the quaint beauty that is the Sunflower Gardens. Known as the county's most Instagrammed spot, the garden features seasonally and carefully grown sunflowers and other flowers available for purchase. The kind owners enjoy engaging with visitors and encouraging pictures of the flowers.