Where: Historic Union Mills Homestead 3311 Littlestown Pike (MD route >97 north) Westminster, MD 21158, 7 miles north of the City of Westminster, MD
and 17 miles south of Gettysburg, PA. Union Mills Homestead website: www.unionmills.org
General Information: This event is being held so that Willys Jeep owners,
enthusiasts, and the general public may gather to share information and view
a rapidly disappearing piece of American automotive history! Bring your
Willys, regardless of condition (as long as it's drivable) and show it off.
Limited parking for trailers will be available. Union Mills Homestead is a beautiful park setting with ample picnic tables for visitors. Bring a picnic lunch! There
will be no food or other vendors present (no swap meet).
Registration & Questions: This event is free to everyone! Donations on the
day of the event will help offset the cost of the event and will be shared
with the Union Mills Homestead Foundation. To register your vehicle, send an e-mail to email@example.com with the type of Willys vehicle you will be bringing and if you will be driving, flat towing, or trailering.
'87 YJ Laredo My Daily Driver
'02 TJ X Fiancee's DD, and our Trail Rig
'65 M-416 Trailer
Live each day as if it were your last, 'cause you just never know.....
Based on the response that the organizer is getting in e-mails and on 19 different websites, we should have a good turnout! He thinks the Military folks are going to blow away us folks with CJ's..... even have 2 Canadian Military Jeeps coming. He says that we need to have a good turnout from the Civilian Jeep crowd, unless we want to turn this into a MVPA event next year! LOLOL (no offense intended to you Military guys..... just trying to talk it up!)
For you out of town folks looking for a reasonable place to stay, he is referring folks to The Boston Inn in Westminster, MD (410-848-9095) They are located on MD Route 140 (Baltimore Blvd.) and are near numerous restaurants, shopping, and are less than 10 miles from Union Mills Homestead.
The Historic Union Mills Homestead, rich in Civil War history, will be open for tours. The restored Grist Mill will be open and possibly the blacksmith's shop too! This is really a scenic site that will have something of interest for everyone!
There will be some great photo-ops for your Jeeps near the mill's water wheel. The photographer covering this event for the 4x4 magazine has been there before and is looking forward to taking pics of classic Jeeps for his story!
"The Marines I have seen around the world have:
the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen.
Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
"Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
Mike H. (the organizer) just got a call from the local newspaper. They're sending a reporter and photographer out around noon. We sure hope there are plenty of Flatties there for all of the photographers!
Current forecast for Sunday at Union Mills is sunny and in the mid 60's!
Hey Folks! If anyone would like to meet up at The Willys Gathering, a few of us are meeting at 10:30AM at the very red '46 CJ2A with tan seats owned by Sam from Arlington, don't worry, you can't miss it, as he says, "you can't lose it in a snowbank!"
The First Annual Mason - Dixon Willys Jeep Gathering was a great time. There was a good turnout of 2 and 3A's, MB's, GPW, M38A1 and even a rare CJV-35/U, and some Willys Waggys and Pickups too. The Homestead was a very nice place, and the tour was interesting. 50% of the donations collected were given to the Homestead. There was a door prize drawing for the entrants, and a 50/50 Raffle. Judging was done by the entrants themselves. 3 super nice trophys were given out to the winner in each class. It was covered by two local newspapers, and will show up in one or two well known magazines. The Pit Barbeque folks had some good food for us to eat as well.
For next year, Mike H. is already trying to secure the dates and working on having vendors and a swap meet also. 2008 should be an even bigger event. Plan on attending, you missed a good time.
If you would like to see pictures, go to http://jeepchasm.com/ The winners of each class are on the opening page, and there are more pictures on the Contact and Links page midway down the page.