Test your knowledge of the National Road

A quick quiz on the National Road 1. Where did the National Road (Cumberland Road) begin? For a couple of decades, the road followed Greene Street to Haystack before funds became available to build the bridges and the roadbed through the Narrows. That’s why the zero...

Allegany Museum’s own history

1983 – A volunteer community group, the Western Maryland Station Center, Inc., formed to preserve, restore, and renovate the Western Maryland Railroad Station. 1985 – A transportation and Industrial Museum opened in the basement of Western Maryland Railroad Station...

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...