• Historic Casselman Inn on the National Road
  • Sharing our Heritage

  • Barn Quilt
  • Authentic History

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  • Gateway to the West

    Garrett County, the westernmost county in Maryland, is a region rich in history and natural resources.  The state recognizes its importance and certified it as one of thirteen such areas in Maryland. Explore our heritage and discover why.

  • Heritage Spotlight

    A Great Small Town Christmas
    , December 9 and Saturday, December 10 | Historic Downtown Oakland

    The tree lighting will be held December 9th, in conjunction with Garrett Regional Medical Center. The event starts at 6pm at the community Christmas tree on Liberty Street (in front of the train station). Free hot beverages and cookies in the B&O Museum, food for purchase, sleigh rides, visits with Santa at Nola's Salon, great in-store specials and more! The fun continues on Saturday, December 10th with the House of Hope Food Drive, sleigh rides and visit with Santa from 10am - 1pm. For more information, visit www.agreatsmalltown.com.

  • FY2018 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Workshop & Webinars

    Are you located in a Certified Heritage Area?

    Are you interested in learning more about grants that are available for capital and non-capital projects relating to the preservation of historical, archeological, natural and cultural resources and heritage tourism?

    If so, you will want to attend one of the upcoming grant workshops or webinars that are being offered by the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about the FY 2018 grant program and the online application. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the program. The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West will be hosting an in-person workshop along with the MHAA webinar on Monday, January 9th at the Garrett County Visitors Center at 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541. We will attend the webinar together and then have a Q&A session afterwards.

    Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:00am - Garrett County Visitors Center (Webinar and Q&A session) - Click to Register

    If you are unable to join us in person on January 9th, please register for one of the following grant workshop/webinar opportunities:

    Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - Online Webinar - Click to Register

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. - Workshop in Crownsville - Click to Register

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. - Online Webinar - Click to Register

  • FY2017 Mini-Grant Program - Rolling Grant Cycle Announced FY2017 Mini-Grant Program - Rolling Grant Cycle Announced

    The FY17 mini-grant applications will be accepted on a rolling grant cycle. As long as your project fits our timeline requirements, you may apply until March 1, 2017. Please contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com for more information.

    The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications!  The mini-grant program is a matching grant up to $2,000.00 designed to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects must seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible.  Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations. 

    Take advantage of this funding opportunity!  Contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com or 301-387-4386 for more information or to find out how your project fits the criteria.

    Click for Application & Guidelines

    We recently hosted a grantee orientation webinar and if you would like to learn more about the responsibilities and requirements as a grantee, please watch our recorded webinar.

  • Download our FREE Heritage App today!


    Available on Android and Apple devices, visitors and residents can download heritage related tours that takes them on a step by step journey around the county. Search Garrett Heritage Area in the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store to locate and download for FREE. Tours include fall foliage, barn quilt and our heritage area themes. Directions guide visitors to each stop and are available offline, perfect if your phone drops service.

    Be on the lookout for tours to be added in the future including trail routes and so much more! Download today to start exploring.

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