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...

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...

Allegany Museum honors Cumberland’s firefighting history

Allegany Museum honors Cumberland’s firefighting heroes with its exhibit of artifacts, vehicles, equipment, photographs, and a narrative of the story of fire fighting in Cumberland. Cumberland installed its first municipal water system, including fire plugs and water...

Allegany Museum’s own holiday store windows!

Do you love New York’s Christmas store windows? Can you imagine – many of them will end up in landfill? Gary Baer, a Myersdale, PA toy store owner, has been buying old window displays for many years, rescuing them from the landfill, refurbishing them, and offering...

Mike Fetchero supports Allegany Museum Endowment Fund

Mike Fetchero recently fulfilled his entire FOUNDERS level pledge to the multi-year program of the Allegany Museum Endowment Fund. Mr. Fetchero is also a Board Member, and Museum Treasurer. The intention of the Endowment Fund is to enable Allegany Museum to hire...