Coming of Age: Washington in Western Maryland

A presentation and lecture by historical researcher Chris Logsdon, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 6 to 8 pm, East Gate Masonic Lodge No. 216, 15 Greene Street, Cumberland, Maryland 21502 George Washington’s experiences in Western Maryland had no small part in shaping his...

For International Women’s Day: Charlotte Browne at Fort Cumberland

You probably know about General Braddock, but have you heard about Charlotte Bristowe Browne? Not likely. But Browne was an essential member of General Edward Braddock’s army, and the first nurse to serve at Fort Cumberland. In 1754, as Matron of the General Hospital...

Washington refuses to be humiliated

Washington visited Cumberland very early in his military career as a volunteer aide-de-camp to General Braddock. Washington had been Colonel in Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddie’s colonial forces, but suffered a defeat where he was forced to surrender.  This defeat...

Frederick Douglass in Cumberland

February is Black History MonthDid you know that Frederick Douglass delivered a lecture in Cumberland?On September 23 1879, Marshal Douglass arrived to lecture for the Emancipation celebration. Here is the story from the Washington Post, Sept. 24, 1879: “Emancipation...

Washington’s first visit to the Cumberland area, 1748

Although George Washington first planned a career in the Royal Navy, by the age of 17 he was commissioned as a surveyor. He compiled sample surveys as part of his education. Washington’s so-called “School Boy Copy Books” are housed in the George Washington...

Find George Washington in Cumberland

Why Washington? Why Cumberland MD? George Washington visited this area at important points in his life and career. In March 1748, during his time as a surveyor, he wrote of visiting the Cresap home at the mouth of the South Branch of the Potomac. He notes of this part...

Washington’s Headquarters a “Fake”!

In 1921, Cumberland Police and Fire Commissioner A.K. Hummelshime attacked the authenticity of Washington’s Cabin in a letter to then Cumberland Mayor Thomas Koon. Hummelshime claimed that the logs used were gathered from multiple locations over a period of one...

A golden treasure is lost

The Gold Nugget Museum was, like Allegany Museum, a volunteer-run repository of local history. It focused on the Gold Rush and local mining history. It was in Paradise, a forested community, which historically attracted loggers and prospectors searching for new...