• Loch Lynn Wetland Trail
  • Sharing our Heritage

  • 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.

  • Heritage Education Opportunity

    Railroads of Garrett County
    Starts April 27 (4 sessions)
    | Thursdays | 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.

  • Heritage Spotlight

    Grantsville National Road Festival

    Saturday, May 13 - Saturday, May 20 | Locations in Grantsville

    Celebrate the rich history of the Historic National Road with our annual festival! With fun events every day, there is something for everyone from foodies and history buffs to artists and yard sale enthusiasts! 

    • Saturday, May 13 - Maryland Pickers Yard Sale - All Day
    • Monday, May 15 - Historic Presentation by Local Historian Al Feldstein, 6pm at the Casselman Inn
    • Tuesday, May 16 - Children's Wagon Train, Line up at First United Bank at 4:45pm.
    • Wednesday, May 17 - PechaKucha Night in Grantsville, Cornucopia Cafe, 7pm
    • Thursday, May 18 - May 20 - Cinderblocks 4: The Walking Gallery Gathers
    • Saturday, May 20 - Little Crossings Artisan & Epicurean Faire - All Day in the lawn behind Cornucopia Cafe

     

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  • 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.