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.”

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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