The Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, built in 1852, is the top destination for visitors to the county. Inside, are six rooms of antiques appropriate for a 19th-century farmhouse. Weaving, blacksmithing and other artisan demonstrations happen in the barn and outbuildings. The Maryland Wine Festival, the county’s number one event, is held here every September.
If you’re a Civil War buff, you’ll want to travel through the county along the same roads that both Union and Confederate troops did on their way to and from Gettysburg. Re-enactments take place at the Farm Museum and at the Union Mills Homestead. The Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill opened in 1797 – today, the house is a museum and the mill still operates.
Since the 1830s, when the Baltimore & Ohio began service here, the railroad has been a vital part of the county’s history. Old train stations in Hampstead and Union Bridge now have train museums.
The Carroll Arts Center hosts live concerts, film festivals and art exhibits in Westminster. Carroll Community College and McDaniel College schedule year-round cultural events. Piney Run and Bear Branch Nature Centers welcome outdoors enthusiasts.
Agriculture continues to be the major industry in Carroll. The county was formed in 1837 from portions of Baltimore and Frederick counties. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a Maryland signer of the Declaration of Independence, is the namesake.
Visit the Carroll County web site.