Spring Break 2012’s Mini-Adventure #2 was a trip to the Union Mills Homestead last Thursday. It’s about an hour’s drive from Baltimore. Our stated purpose for the trip was to pick up over 200 pounds of flour, for ourselves and 4 other families. In this, we were successful!
80 pounds of that flour is for us!
Union Mills has been in continual operation since the late 1700s. We had the fun of getting to watch some of the flour being milled.
Here’s a quick video of the gears in action.
The water wheel itself is also large and impressive.
The wheel from inside
Ivan, the miller, also very kindly gave us a tour of the Shriver Homestead (yes, the famous Shrivers). I was most fascinated by the many quilts in the house. He particularly wanted to show us the kitchen, guessing (quite rightly) that we are interested in cooking. There was an amazing array of household gadgets.
Does anyone have a guess as to what this might be used for? Ivan hasn’t been able to figure it out!
Here’s the outside of the mill:
After our wonderful hour at the mill, we went to the Bear Branch Nature Center, just three miles away, to check out the wildlife. We loved the turtles!
Ellie’s favorite, predictably, was the wooden squirrel in the window.
I loved the display of Maryland butterflies.
But most of all, Nik and I enjoyed the homemade ice cream from Hoffman’s on the way home! Too bad Ellie fell asleep before we got there! 🙂
No, Nik didn’t have two – he was just holding mine for the picture!
All in all, it was a wonderful adventurous day!