Westminster Maryland: A College Town with Country Manners

Photo by Margaret Ford Rogers

An easy day trip from Baltimore or Gettysburg to Westminster

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Westminster Maryland, a little city about 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore, is a college town with country manners. It boasts rolling hills, lush farmlands and stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.Westminster also has fun pubs, good restaurants, interesting shopping, and friendly residents. The Western Maryland College Historic district, situated within the 100 acre campus of McDaniel College, is worth a look for its architecture.

Morning in Westminster Maryland

Enjoy a home-cooked, country breakfast at Baugher’s Restaurant & Fruit Market where eggs are farm fresh, pies homemade, and prices affordable.

Jump into the car for a quick drive to Westminster’s quaint and historic Main Street. The Art Deco Carroll County Arts Center features a gallery, gift shop, and theater. The co-op, Off Track Art and Gifts, offers one-of-a-kind art. Pop into The Cup Tea Bar and Cafe for delicious coffee or tea to fuel yourself for retro oddities at Westminster Furniture Store. You’ll never know what you’ll find here. Eclecticity sells books, music, and objects d’art. At Gothic Comics walls and shelves are stacked with board games, comic books, action figures, and collectibles.

Lunch & Afternoon

The nearby and authentic O’Lordan’s Irish Pubhoused in a 19th century stone building, offers classic bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and hearty shepherd’s pie. Don’t miss the antique phone booth.

Located 23 miles from Gettysburg, Westminster is rich in Civil War history and is the site of Captain Charles Corbitt’s famous charge. Why famous? Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart’s army was delayed from arriving in Gettysburg until after the battle of July 2, 1863. The Battle of Gettysburg may have ended differently if they’d been there. Corbit’s Charge Historical Marker memorializes his efforts. The historic Trumbo-Crest House, with two visible bullet holes from Corbit’s charge, sits at Main Street and Manchester Road.

While away the afternoon at The Carroll County Farm Museum, a complex of fifteen buildings. It includes an 1880’s farm house, children’s touch museum, and the 1700’s Hoff Memorial Log Barn which was built without nails.


RockSalt Grille, a Main Street seafood restaurant and raw bar, offers jumbo lump crab dip and oysters on the half shell.

Westminster Fun Facts

• Westminster prides itself on having the nation’s longest running Memorial Day parade.
• Westminster was the first place in the nation to offer rural free delivery postal services.
• The Western Maryland railroad formed here in 1852; trains still cross the tracks in the center of town.
• Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and President John F. Kennedy’s brother-in-law, was born in Westminster.

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