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Cumberland is an historic town that has evolved into a vibrant arts community.
patio overlooking lake
Photo By: Rocky Gap Casino Resort
Photo By: DelFest

Once a military outpost manned by George Washington and considered "The Gateway to the West" for early American pioneers, Cumberland is now home to a thriving arts community. 

Gallery in the Cumberland Arts & Entertainment District

1 Cumberland A&E District

Cumberland's A&E District was established in 2002 and is co-managed by the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland. Allegany Arts Council maintains two exhibition spaces, the Saville Gallery and the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery, that feature the artwork of local, regional and national artists - visitors are always welcome! While in Cumberland, you may also catch a production at the Cumberland Theatre or attend a hands-on workshop at the town’s Graphicus Atelier printmaking studio. 

Take a ride aboard 1916 restored Baldwin Steam locomotive through the scenic mountains of Allegany County. Photo By: VisitMaryland.org

2 Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad round trip excursion, originating in Downtown Cumberland and climbing high into the Allegheny Mountains to Downtown Frostburg, is an exciting mix of mountain scenery and rich transportation history. It’s an entertaining and educational experience for riders of all ages and interests.


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Attraction


Location:
13 Canal St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-759-4400


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patio overlooking lake Photo By: Rocky Gap Casino Resort

3 Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort

Discover a world of relaxation just eight miles from Cumberland.  From lush views to lavish details, the Rocky Gap Casino Resort, overlooking Lake Habeeb and Rocky Gap State Park, turns weekend getaways into lasting memories.  Recharge in your suite overlooking the breathtaking view of the mountains and lake then step onto casino floor and experience the excitement. Golfers of all skill levels are drawn to Rocky Gap's Jack Nicklaus Designed 18-hole Golf Course.


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Type:
Conference Centers


Location:
16701 Lakeview Dr NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
301-784-8400


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4 C&O Canal National Historical Park and Visitors Museum

The visitor center features a spacious exhibit area full of interactive and educational displays about the history of the C&O Canal and Cumberland. Pass through a model of the Paw Paw Tunnel and step back into the hey-day of the canal. The visitor center offers a life size section of a canal boat and fascinating exhibits on the canal's construction, cargo, mules, locks, and crew.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
13 Canal St, Room 100
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5132


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Museum Photo By: AlleganyMuseumMD.org

5 Allegany Museum

The museum collection reflects the culture of the people of the Allegany region which is is geographically isolated by a range of ridges and valleys from the rest of Maryland and is linked  to the greater Appalachia region.  The Museum embraces the past and present and includes objects, ordinary and extraordinary, whose stories and meanings are rich and complex.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
3 Pershing St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-7200


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Brewery Photo By: 1812 Brewery

6 Cheers!

Charis Winery and Distillery, located in the Canal Place Shops in the downtown area of Cumberland, produces premium wines and Pomace Brandy. Also available for tasting and purchase are Elaia Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.

The McCagh family owned and operated 1812 Brewery  is located in a brick and wood barn, built in 1812, on the family's 190-acre farm nestled in the historic Evitts Creek Valley. The 1812 taproom offers six different beers on tap at a time. There is plenty of outdoor space to relax, enjoy the scenery and sample a flight or two.

log cabin

7 George Washington's Headquarters

This one room cabin, used by George Washington as a young aide to General Braddock, was built in 1754-55 and is the only remaining structure of Ft. Cumberland. Maintained and operated by the D.A.R. Cresap Chapter. The one-room cabin is not open to the public but has a window with an audio description.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
Riverside Park at Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5132


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LaVale's seven-sided Toll Gate House

8 LaVale Toll House & the National Road

The National Road, constructed in 1811, was the first federally funded road. Home to mile marker one, Cumberland became known as  "The Gateway to the West." Travelers enjoy the road as it cuts through the Narrows in LaVale, one of the most picturesque sites in Maryland. LaVale's seven-sided Toll Gate House is the only remaining toll gate on National Road in Maryland. Historic plaque indicates fees for wagons, animals and pedestrians to use road.  


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
14302 National Hwy
LaVale, MD 21502
301-729-3047


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Photo By: Brad Kuntz

9 DelFest

Memorial Day Weekend 
The festival grew from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent. The Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland is nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and serves as the perfect location for DelFest.
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Type:
Events


Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5138


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dining rood Photo By: The Gordon-Roberts House

10 Gordon-Roberts House

The house is one of a small group of Second Empire style homes located in the Washington Street Historical District. Second Empire architecture is characterized by the mansard roof. The house is constructed of handmade bricks laid in American Common Bond and is three stories high and five bays wide.


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Location:
218 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-8678


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Featured Places
Western Maryland Railroad
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Location:
13 Canal St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort front exterior
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Location:
16701 Lakeview Dr NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
Allegany Museum exterior
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Location:
3 Pershing St
Cumberland, MD 21502
George Washington Headquarters
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Location:
Riverside Park at Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
LaVale Toll House
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Location:
14302 National Hwy
LaVale, MD 21502
Delfest in Allegany County
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Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
Victoria Mouse House
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Location:
218 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
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