Mason & Dixon

On this easy-going drive along country vistas just south of the Pennsylvania border, prepare yourself for historical encounters, recreational endeavors and life “down on the farm.”

Step back in time at the Carroll County Farm Museum to discover how families lived and worked in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Image Credit: Carroll County Office of Tourism

Central Maryland
Eastern Shore
143 miles from Westminster to Appleton on mostly single-lane country roads

Places along the way

Union Mills Homestead & Grist Mill
3311 Littlestown Pike
Westminster, MD 21158

Carroll County Farm Museum
500 S Center St
Westminster, MD 21157

Prettyboy Reservoir
19228 Spooks Hill Rd
Hampstead, MD 21074

Greystone Golf Course
2115 White Hall Rd
White Hall, MD 21161

Eden Mill Nature Center
1617 Eden Mill Rd
Pylesville, MD 21132

Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant
2569 Shureslanding Rd
Darlington, MD 21034

Plumpton Park Zoo
1416 Telegraph Rd
Rising Sun, MD 21911

Cecil County Dragway Race Track
1916 Theodore Rd
Rising Sun, MD 21911

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area (NRMA)
300 Tawes Dr
Elkton, MD 21921

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon spent nearly four years helping to settle a land dispute by surveying newly established boundaries between Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. The Mason-Dixon Line, created in 1763, has since come to define the divide between North and South.

Westminster to White Hall

Including US 15, MD 97 & MD 25

Begin your journey in Westminster, where the Carroll County Farm Museum offers opportunities to experience mid-19th-century rural life. Just to the north is the Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill. During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers were welcomed here on their way to the Battle of Gettysburg. 

Continue through Melrose to Manchester, a historical community featuring a family-owned winery that has wine tastings, retail sales and special events. Picking up MD 25, drive along a portion of the Falls Road byway until veering east toward Prettyboy Reservoir, a popular area for hiking, picnicking and taking in the scenery.

The same can be said for the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, a former railroad bed that is now a 20-mile-long, 10-foot wide, stone-dust path running from Hunt Valley to the Mason-Dixon Line. Bike rentals are available through a local vendor.

Seven ponds and more than 80 bunkers provide a challenge for golfers at Greystone, a public, 18-hole venue in White Hall that has been listed among Golfweek’s best municipal courses.

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Built in 1797 and now a museum, Union Mills has a remarkable history. It was a stopping point for Confederate forces on the march towards Gettysburg, then became headquarters for Union General James Barnes after the invaders retreated. The working grist mill offers a fascinating window into centuries-old technology.

Image Credit: Carroll County Office of Tourism

Harkins to Appleton

Including MD 136, US 1 & MD 273

Farms in this rural area are known for their hayrides, corn mazes and fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Spanning the Lower Susquehanna River in Conowingo is one of the nation’s largest hydroelectric generating stations. Below the dam, you just might spy a bald eagle soaring overhead while you enjoy some of the best small-mouth bass fishing in the country.

Up the road, Rising Sun offers a variety of fun options such as a vineyard, NHRA-sanctioned dragway and Plumpton Park Zoo. In the northeastern-most corner of the state, the 5,633-acre Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area offers trout fishing, hiking and equestrian trail riding, as well as turf-course horse racing held on Memorial Day weekend.

Wagon rides are offered at the Carroll County Farm Museum during special events.

Image Credit: Carroll County Office of Tourism

Maryland Lore

At Rocks State Park, a popular, 190-foot rock-climbing cliff ascends to a formation known as the King and Queen Seat, which was once a ceremonial gathering place for the Susquehannock Nation of Native Americans.

At Rocks State Park, climbers and hikers strive to reach The King & Queen's Seat to enjoy the breathtaking vantage point above Deer Creek.

Image Credit: Bart

Byways in this Region

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad
Falls Road

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