Stone Chapel Road Spring, Westminster, Maryland


Posted: April 4, 2010

Category: Maryland, North America, United States, View All

633 Stone Chapel Road
Westminster, MD 21157
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“A concrete springhouse/pump assembly collects water from a reputed five springs uphill/upstream from the point of exit. Part of that water is diverted to supply a nearby farmhouse, but the rest runs out of a pipe (formerly ceramic, but has since been upraded) into an old-fashioned claw-footed bathtub, and from thence on down the hill. The spring has supplied the farmhouse and the public for at least 90 years, according to reports by the current occupants. Water is free and available to the public, and of high quality. I drank it myself for almost 19 years as virtually my sole source of drinking water, until moving out of the area.

I can personally vouch for the excellent flavor of the water from this spring, imho, and the fact that I have not suffered any ill effects from drinking it, up through the summer of 2007. Your mileage may vary. Each person is different, and I can take no responsibility for any harm, damages, or ill effects allegedly arising as a result of consuming water from this spring. I also have no personal, first-hand knowledge of this spring after the summer of 2007.” – Tom Harbold

Nearest Address

Shelter Systems, Ltd 633 Stone Chapel Road Westminster, MD 21157-6731

Directions from Nearest Address

The spring is sheltered by a grove of trees directly across Stone Chapel Road from the Shelter Systems plant, and directly across Avondale Road from the railroad. It is, basically, right at the intersection of Stone Chapel and Avondale. Behind and above it is what used to be a Christmas tree farm.

Vital Information

  • Fee: Spring is free and available to the public at their own risk/responsibility.
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 158
  • Temp: 58.3° F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

No hours are posted or prohibited. I have seen people there at all hours of the day, and I have myself gotten water there after dark (the lights from Shelter Systems, across the road, illuminate it almost too well at night).


39.555670, -77.033391 39.555670 -77.033391 N39° 33.3402′, W077° 2.0035′ (note: these are the coordinates for Shelter Systems, across the road from the spring)

Map Link: Stone Chapel Road Spring Map

Submitted by: Tom Harbold

  1. eric10star says:

    Saturday, June 26, 2010,

    Went for a ride today to check out some new springs in my area. I checked the TDS and temperature of Stone Chapel Road Spring. TDS was 158. Temperature was 58.3 degrees fahrenheit, 14.6 degrees celsius. It took about 20 seconds to fill up a gallon jug.

  2. AlbeTre says:

    Went to get water a couple weeks ago and was evident that some type of construction was underway.  The old bathtub was gone and the water was just gushing out of a pvc pipe all over the ground.  There was also construction tape and a concrete cistern.  We hadn’t been there since last summer.  Made another trip yesterday only to find out that the water is no longer coming out of the pvc pipe, but instead flowing through old metal pipes underground into that concrete cistern.  My husband pulled the lid off of the cistern, but you can’t access the water.  As you look down into it, there is a large pipe with some type of fitting on the end.   The water pulses out of the fitting every few seconds and then seeps into gravel on the ground around it.  What a waste of a good spring that has been providing water to families for many years!

    • mike says:

      The spring is running again today.  A oak shipping pallet is in place of the old tub.  It supported my 6.5 gallon glass carboys just fine.  I haven’t used this well for a couple years but it tastes just as good as it did when I last used it.

  3. fred says:

    just went by today..8/1/2011… water flowing, no tub, looks like it is being worked on

  4. Shane says:

    Spring is up and running, someone stole the iron bathtub a few months ago and so repairs had to be made.

  5. Daisyd65 says:

    Just went out there today for the first time. Water gushing out of the pvc pipe onto the ground. That pallet they put there is none too sturdy or stable. Probably not very smart of me to stand on it, lol. Water tastes great!

  6. Rj Shover says:

    Went by today the area is fenced of with barb wire and there were several no trespass ing signs

  7. Spencer C, Neudecker says:

    I hate to the bearer of bad news but since about the first part of April 2013. The Stone Chapel Spring is for some unknown reason off limits overnight they posted no trespassing sign’s on little wooden stakes and put some hastily strung barbed wire up, and now it’s so grown over you can hardly see the box in the bank where the water comes out. I’ve wanted to go out and take down the sign’s and barb wire, but my mom said that if she saw the signs and wire missing she would turn me into the police because that’s not the way to go about solving a problem. The scuttlebutt I heard was that who ever owns where the spring comes out changed owners and maybe they’re these kind that don’t want people on their property for safety reasons or they just want to be ass holes and mess something up that’s be free to the public for as long as I can remember. So the water as of June 21, 2013 is still running but if you go late at night or very early in the morning you should be able to fill a
    few gallon jugs pretty quick because when they strung the wire they put only two low mounted strands that anyone that can see could just step over and wouldn’t have any problems carrying one or two gallon milk jugs of water. But I wouldn’t try to fill water cooler size jugs as someone may see you or you might fall when trying to step back over wire. I just thought I would let all the natives of Westminster and Carroll Co know that there’s some real jerks and a** holes out their that a big wake up call. Thank You and may God Bless.

  8. Lenise says:

    Sorry to say…I went to get water today and the land has changed ownership (as mentioned above). However, now the land is being cleared and the wood is being sold off for fire wood. Therefore, you can be seen if you attempt to get water, day or night. More “no trespassing” signs have been posted and it appears difficult to even try to get to the water spout. The new owners would prefer that no one access the water on their land…so sad.

  9. Bodhi Williams says:

    Current owner has blocked off the access site and disconnected the flow pipes.

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