• 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 Education Opportunity

    Railroads of Garrett County
    Starts April 27 (4 sessions)
    | Thursday | 4pm - 5:30pm | Oakland B&O Museum

    I hear the train a comin', it's rolling round the bend. But what do we really know about the railroads and the impact on history? In this class, historian, author, and educator, Dr. Neal Brooks will describe their  development and decline, main purposes, and longevity. We'll discuss one company that is still present, the Baltimore and Ohio which is now CSX, and the remnants of the Western Maryland railroad. You'll learn about several that have disappeared but that had significant impact including the Confluence and Oakland, Preston Railroad, and the Jennings Brothers Railroad. This class is intended for a general audience interested in Garrett County, and in transportation history, not just rail fans. And let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.....

    A native of Silver Spring, Dr. Brooks received an undergraduate degree from Towson University where he majored in history. He then continued to study history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and earned his Ph.D. He enjoyed an academic career of more than 40 years at the Community College of Baltimore County where his courses included both American history and Western Civilization. He divided his time between the classroom, chairing the History Department, and scholarship as coauthor of two histories of Baltimore County in addition to other published materials.

    To register for this series of sessions, please contact Garrett College at 301-387-3069.

  • 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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