Central Carroll: Civil War encampment to commemorate Corbit’s Charge in Westminster

From Saturday to Sunday the Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table (PCCWRT) will commemorate the tragedy of war that took place on Westminster’s streets and honor those who fell during the battle when they set up their annual Corbit's Charge Civil War Encampment at Emerald Hill, at 1838 Emerald Hill Lane.

This all-day event will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, focusing on the 1863 Battle of Westminster, but also covering Rosser’s Raid in 1862, the Johnson/Gilmor Raid in 1864, and other notable Civil War history within Carroll County.


“The purpose of the Corbit’s Charge event is to educate visitors about the rich Civil War history of Carroll County, Maryland,” PCCWRT representative Steven Carney said. “There will be artisans, craftsmen, re-enactors, authors, children's activities, memorial services, a skirmish between the armies, and this year we will even have a Civil War wedding.”

The event offers visitors a look at what life was like during the Civil War, and from many perspectives. It’s an opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience living history.

Kids can participate in a junior historian program, or experience with their families — a concert, military demonstrations, vignette skits, a memorial ceremony and traditional artisans like blacksmiths and tinsmiths. Look for carriage tours, guided walking tours of Westminster, presentations and many historical artifacts.

The paramount activity will be a memorial service on Saturday at the Corbit’s Charge Monument at 200 Willis St. that will recognize the sacrifice of the Civil War-era civilians of Westminster as well as the soldiers of both the Union and Confederate armies. This memorial service concludes at the graveyard of Westminster’s Ascension Episcopal Church at 23 N. Court St. with the laying of two wreaths on the graves of two Civil War veterans: 1st Lt. John Murray, Co. E 4th Virginia Cavalry (Confederate, killed during Corbit’s Charge) and Samuel Butler Co. C 32nd Inf. U.S.C.T. (Union).

“There is something for everyone there,” Carney said. “Folks should come out, learn about local history, and have fun while doing it.”

For registration information or questions about the event, email or visit them online at

Lunch with music

The Westminster branch library kicked off its Summer Lunchtime Concert Series last Friday, June 21, with music by Vagabond Motel. The series will continue through Aug. 16, offering an opportunity for all ages to enjoy lunch and free live music at noon every Friday on the Booth Memorial Stage in front of the library.

Westminster library branch manager Christina Kuntz said the library loves to support the local music scene and to see everyone who comes out to enjoy it.

“It’s always a fun afternoon with a nice family vibe,” she said. “People dance outside. They bring their lawn chairs and a picnic lunch or buy lunch locally and bring it along. If the weather is bad, we bring it inside and rock out in the library.”

On Friday, stop by to see Cash Only, a Johnny Cash tribute band. On July 12, Rock Academy from Coffey Music will grace the stage. These are the kids who sign up for an intensive week of music lessons and fun at Coffey Music. The week culminates with a performance on the Booth Stage.

“Those kids bring the energy,” Kuntz said. “They are always rocking the show.”

You can also catch Rock Academy performances on July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16.

See and hear Devon Nickoles on Friday, July 5, at noon. Kuntz said she plays popular country music — some originals and some covers — and she describes her as “fantastic!”

On July 19, Best Regards will take the stage.


“They play a variety of rock covers, and most of the [band] members are family,” Kuntz said. “Sometimes their daughter joins them on stage.”

To add to the appeal of the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series, all the performers are local.

The Carroll County Public Library’s Westminster branch is located at 50 E. Main Street. For more information, call 410-386-4490.

Westminster Indoor Flea Market

For a flea market that has it all, check out the Westminster Indoor Flea Market at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The flea market, which was held by the general events manager at the Ag Center for about 12 years before stopping, was revived by two Ag Center employees, Heather Kuykendall and Ruben Villegas.

“We see thousands turn out,” Kuykendall said. “People were calling and asking and waiting for it to come back, and they were very happy we brought it back.

This is the fifth flea market since the pair brought it back last September. Kuykendall said they have access to 212 spaces and have sold out at past markets.

“At this time, we have about 100 vendors signed up,” she said. “You’ll see anything from antiques to household items, yard sale stuff, home party consultants, commercial businesses, and a few people with crafts. The kitchen will sell breakfast, lunch and desserts.”

Kuykendall said the next one has not been scheduled yet but will be in the end of August. They hold them whenever the building isn’t occupied by another event.

“No matter what you are looking for you will probably find it here,” Kuykendall said. “The items run the gamut. It’s like a treasure hunt, with anything and everything. There’s lots of antiques and yard sale type items. Then, we have extreme couponers who bring in low-price detergent, cleaning supplies, shampoos and soaps and drinks, and some food items like breakfast bars. We also have two cat rescues that come in. One has cats in cages and she also sells all sorts of cat items. Anything to do with a cat.”

Kuykendall said they also have a greyhound rescue who comes in, bringing dogs to meet and information about the rescue.

“People can pet them, and she tells them about the program,” she said.

If you are looking to sell, Kuykendall said they still have spaces are available.

The Ag Center is located at 706 Agricultural Center Drive in Westminster. For more information or a vendor space, call Kuykendall at 301-651-4397.