Carroll County offers two driving tours which help the visitor navigate the troop movement throughout Carroll County. To order the printed brochures “Carroll County, Maryland: Roads to Gettysburg,” “Gettysburg: Invasion and Retreat,” and the “Corbit’s Charge” Walking Tour, click here. Digital Brochures available below.
All tours are designed for weekdays, but special arrangements may be made for the weekends upon request. Our tours can be one-day trips or combined to create an overnight stay. Our local hotels are reasonably priced so they offer a good place to stay while adding Baltimore, Gettysburg, or Washington, D.C. to your trip.
We complete the plans from reservations at sites to final payments. Our informative step-on-guide will join your group, assisting the bus driver with directions, while providing friendly and entertaining information.
Please call the Carroll County Tourism Office, 1-888-299-2983. We would be happy to help you plan a fun day for your group.
The rich farmland of Carroll County skirts the Mason-Dixon Line, denoting North from South. Picturesque and serene, this pivotal county remained relatively unscathed during the two years the Civil War raged here.
Union commanders were aware of the strategic value of this rolling farmland. The recently completed Western Maryland Railroad’s depot in Westminster meant much needed supplies could come in from Washington and Baltimore. The Union Army of the Potomac set up its rail head and supply base in Westminster where it remained during the course of the war. Supply lines were established and guarded; residents became accustomed to Union troops and supply wagons in and around their once peaceful town.
With Confederate troops converging from the north and west, Major General George G. Meade, Commander of the Army of the Potomac, developed a plan to protect Baltimore and Washington. If the Confederate Army moved south, the “Pipe Creek Plan” would create a defensive shield behind Pipe Creek, which flows west across Carroll County. Meade’s army began moving northeast from Frederick to position troops in the hills outside Manchester, as described in the Pipe Creek Plan. Though they didn’t know yet, these soldiers were marching on the roads to Gettysburg.
Maps can be picked up at the Carroll County Visitor Center or requested at this link.
As part of our efforts to tell the Civil War story in context, Carroll County has partnered with Frederick and Washington Counties (to our west) to form on Maryland’s Heritage Areas: the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA). These three counties contain stories of families torn apart as sons went off to war to fight for their beliefs. Many of the buildings are still standing today where South met North. With eh HCWHA brochure, visitors can explore the three counties discovering the full impact the Civil War had, not only on this region, but on the entire nation. Copies of the brochure, “Heart of the Civil War” may be picked up at the Carroll County Visitor Center or mailed. You may also visit the Heart of the Civil War website at www.heartofthecivilwar.org