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St Patrick’s Day Flood

St Patrick’s day 1936 was a day never to be forgotten.Rainfall during the first two weeks of March 1936, combined with melting snow combined with a major storm which had originated in Texas. The storm resulted in heavy downpours with five inches in the Wills...

Lonaconing’s “Lefty”

Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove  was born on March 6, 120 years ago. Lefty, a native son of Lonaconing, was a professional baseball pitcher who became a star with Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox. One of the greatest pitchers in history, Grove led...

It’s all happening on the first floor!

Exciting!The Crossroads of America on Allegany Museum’s first floor is moving quickly towards completion! “Crossroads” will present a permanent display exploring the National Road, the railroad, and the C&O Canal. It will include interactive...

Celebrate George!

February 11 -or 22nd (!) is George Washington’s birthday.The young George Washington visited our 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...

The 18th Amendment in Cumberland

On Jan 16 1789, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture, transport or sale of intoxicating liquors. (Citizens of Cumberland voted nearly two to one against the idea.) Bars closed while speakeasies flourished, and near-beer...

Famous local historian

Will Lowdermilk is a name famous among local historians. Will H. Lowdermilk was born in Cumberland, January 7, 1839. He attended college and afterwards learned the art of printing.After fighting on the Confederate side in the Civil War, he returned to Cumberland,...

Jane Frazier – frontiers woman

Jane Frazier was born January 1, 1735. Her life is an example of the hardships endured by the early settlers to the Cumberland area. The Maryland Gazette of October 9, 1755, reported that Indians had carried off a woman from Frazier’s Plantation, near the mouth...

Taste New York Christmas at Allegany Museum

Do you love New York’s Christmas store window displays? Allegany Museum is lucky enough to house scenes from Sleeping Beauty, featuring mechanized Sleeping Beauty characters, originally displayed in the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. It is very...