• Heritage Area At a Glance 

  • The Heritage Area

  • Mission Statement

    To work with stakeholders, partners, and businesses to implement the Heritage Area Management Plan by offering technical and financial assistance for heritage-related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the county.

    Our Story

    Maryland’s Heritage Areas are locally designated and State certified regions where public and private partners make commitments to preserving historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism. Serving as the coordinating entity, these partnerships are at the core of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West’s work.  The MMGTW is one of the 13 state certified heritage areas and is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

    The Heritage Area boasts of its outstanding natural resources as well its cultural uniqueness, and transportation history.  As the gateway to the opening and development of America’s western frontier in the late 18th and 19th centuries, Garrett County includes Braddock’s Road and the Historic National Road.  These roads spurred the building of traveler related businesses including blacksmith shops, taverns and inns.  Come discover our history, explore, learn and enjoy unspoiled beauty along our scenic byways, parks and trails.  We invite you to take one of our driving tours, walk through our historic downtown areas or experience one of the many festivals or cultural events we have to offer. 

    Click to view an interactive map (MEDUSA) to locate our specific heritage boundaries. To highlight the local boundaries, zoom into Garrett County and then select "layers". Click "Other MHT Base Data" and select "Maryland Heritage Areas". A light pink boundary line will illuminate indicating our heritage area boundaries.

  • This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.
    However, project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

  • Photo Credits: Tim Jacobsen, Bob Carney, Marcia Warnick, Sarah Myers, Crede Calhoun, Higher Focus Studios, Garrett Historical Society, Sarah Duck, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce