Tour the land of the Mason-Dixon Line

Civil War Tour Brochures

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.

Booking a Group Tour

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.

1 Day Group Tour (7 hrs)

Group Tour – Your day begins with The Shop at Cockey’s Tavern. Then a trip to the Carroll County Farm Museum and a ride through Uniontown, a 200-year old village frozen in time. Lunch will be served at the Antrim an 1844 Country House Hotel. Finish the day at the Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill.

1 Day Group Tour (6.5 hrs)

Group Tour – Your day begins with The Shop at Cockey’s Tavern. Then a trip to the Carroll County Farm Museum where you will enjoy a relaxing box lunch in the restored barn or under the big, old oak trees. Then ride through Uniontown to the Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill. Finish the day with a stop at Baugher’s Farm Market for some some hand-dipped ice cream or Ma Baugher’s cakes, cookies and pies.


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.

Carroll County, Maryland: Roads to Gettysburg

Driving Tour – Carroll County’s involvement in the Civil War can be retraced by car with maps of the county and other areas leading to Gettysburg. In this tour, the visitor navigates the movements of over 60,000 troops from the southern end of the county up to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg: Invasion and Retreat

Driving Tour – A much broader look at the June-July 1863 Campaign including surrounding counties. This map guides the visitor along the armies’ paths, stopping at 19 markers with illustrations, photos, and interesting stories about the impact of the War on local citizens and the day-to-day stories of soldiers who marched toward the epic Gettysburg battle. Follow the bugle trailblazer signs to the 18 wayside markers.

Corbit’s Charge

Walking Tour – Experience the Civil War through a self-guided walking tour, “Corbit’s Charge,” on the Main Street of downtown Westminster. This walking tour, written by Tom LeGore, provides the background of “a small, but extremely important cavalry skirmish which took place in Westminster on June 29, 1863. The clash on the edge of town between General J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry and a small unit of the Delaware cavalry was a significant factor in slowing down the General’s march. Instead of proceeding into Pennsylvania to inform General Robert E. Lee about the major Union troop movements, Stuart’s cavalry was delayed long enough to make it advisable to spend the night in the Westminster area. Historians have often wondered whether the results of the Battle of Gettysburg might have been different, if Stuart had arrived before July 2nd.

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