Garrett County, Gateway to the West
Garrett County, the westernmost county in Maryland, is a region rich in history, culture 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.
FY19 Mini-Grant Program
The Heritage Area’s mini-grant program is designed to provide funding for non-capital projects including innovative exhibits, tours, marketing, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Management Plan including: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should seek to attract cultural heritage tourists to the region. Details about the Management Plan are found on this website under Partner Links. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Durben at email@example.com.
*The mini-grant program is made possible with funding through the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Management Grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
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Mayhem on the Mainline
Thursday, August 16 | 7pm - 8:30pm | Oakland B&O Museum
Join us as we learn about some of the more "colorful" stories of the railroad from Jim Porterfield, Director for Railway Tourism, Davis & Elkins College.
The Pennsylvania Railroad formed the nation's first private corporate police force in 1865. From that date until 1908, when the FBI was created, railroad police were the only law enforcement officers who had "horizontal authority." That is, they had the power to make arrests along the railroad's right-of-way, wherever it ran. Railroads worked hard, meanwhile, to establish good relations with the local law enforcement so that, when it was necessary for railroad police to step off the company's property, they were willingly deputized by local law enforcement to continue their work...read more
Free admission. For more information, visit the Oakland B&O Musem's Facebook Page.
Preservation Maryland Pop-Up Office
Wednesday, August 22 | 1pm - 7pm | Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County (Oakland Branch)
Thanks to the generous support of the Rural Maryland Council, Preservation Maryland hosted several pop-up offices across the state this summer. A pop-up location will be staffed by Preservation Maryland's Director of Communications, Meagan Baco, at the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County in Oakland on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Bring your preservation questions! Members of the public are encouraged to drop-in with their preservation projects and questions. No appointment is necessary! Preservation Maryland staff will advise anyone who stops in.
For more information, contact Preservation Maryland at 410-685-2886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heritage Site Map
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 quilts, trails, and our heritage area themes. Directions guide visitors to each stop and are available offline, perfect if your phone drops service.
Download today to start exploring.