• 50th Autumn Glory Festival Photo Winner: Patty Lohr
  • Photo by: Patty Lohr

  • Casselman Inn on the Historic National Road
  • 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.

  • FY2018 Mini-Grant Program - Currently accepting applications!

    The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is  accepting applications on a rolling cycle. 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. Applications will be accepted on a rolling cycle for FY18, and will be awarded first come, first serve after the review of our local grants committee and approval the by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

    Click for Application & Guidelines

    Click for more information about the mini-grant program.

  • Heritage Spotlight

    50th Autumn Glory Festival

    October 11-15 | Events held throughout the County

    Celebrate the glory of Autumn with the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. Enjoy parades, turkey dinners, band competitions, craft shows and fall foliage driving tours. Click for a full list of events and festival information.

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  • Upcoming Events

  • Our new 2017 driving tours are here! Click to view directions and maps. Thank you to Ledo Pizza and Noonan & Noonan, LLC for their support of the driving tours!

  • 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.