Corn roast tomorrow at Union Mills Homestead 675 dozen ears ordered for annual feast

August 06, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Back in the 1800s, at the end of the harvest season, many

farmers celebrated the success of another year of crops and food in the larder for the winter.

On the Shriver farm in Union Mills, they celebrated with a watermelon frolic and roasted corn.

"They used to dig a hole in the ground and cooked the corn in the husks," said Esther Shriver, executive director of the Union Mills Homestead, the 1797 farmhouse and estate of the Shriver family.

"We didn't want to dig a hole in the ground, so we had cast iron stoves made just for the corn roasts," she continued. "We soak the corn, then cover it in burlap to keep the water in and steam it. If you've never had roasted corn like this, you'll love it."

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Union Mills Homestead puts on its 24th annual corn roast. For this year's event, 675 dozen ears of corn have been ordered from a Carroll County farmer.

"We served 1,500 people last year and ran out of chicken at 4 p.m., so some people just bought corn, but we like them to have the chicken, too," Mrs. Shriver said.

Visitors get a quarter of a fried chicken, corn, sliced tomatoes, applesauce, a roll and butter, and iced tea or lemonade. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

"You pick up your platter, go to a table and the corn is served at the tables. You get all the corn you can eat, but only one platter," Mrs. Shriver said.

The Homestead didn't forget the watermelon. Chunks will be on sale, as well as ice cream from a vendor.

After eating, visitors can tour the farmhouse and gristmill for a small fee or visit the gift shop where stone-ground cornmeal, buckwheat and rye, all made at the Homestead, are for sale.

The last combined tour of the farmhouse and mill will begin at 4 p.m. and the last single tour at 4:30 p.m. The blacksmith shop and tannery also will be open.

Additionally this year, craft vendors will be on the grounds selling their wares, Mrs. Shriver said.

The corn roast is a joint activity of the Union Mills Homestead zTC Foundation and the Union Mills/Silver Run Lions Club.

Proceeds support the continuing restoration and maintenance of the Union Mills Homestead and the Lions Club Park next door, as well as other Lions Club community projects.

The Homestead is at 3311 Littlestown Pike (Route 97), seven miles north of Westminster.

& Information: 848-2288.

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