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At the confluence of several waterways, Cumberland played an important role in the French and Indian War (Colonel George Washington’s original cabin remains in town, near a street full of lovely restored Victorian homes). The western terminus of C&O Canal National Historic Park is here; the Potomac River first becomes navigable in Cumberland. Route 40, the first National Highway, begins here, in the town known as Queen City. In addition, visitors will enjoy a scenic railroad, two outstanding carriage museums, and a reconstructed village dedicated to master folk artisans, all within an area that is largely given over to rolling hills and ...

At the confluence of several waterways, Cumberland played an important role in the French and Indian War (Colonel George Washington’s original cabin remains in town, near a street full of lovely restored Victorian homes). The western terminus of C&O Canal National Historic Park is here; the Potomac River first becomes navigable in Cumberland. Route 40, the first National Highway, begins here, in the town known as Queen City. In addition, visitors will enjoy a scenic railroad, two outstanding carriage museums, and a reconstructed village dedicated to master folk artisans, all within an area that is largely given over to rolling hills and Amish farms. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s restored early 20th century train steams on a round trip through the mountains between Cumberland and Frostburg. Queen City Transportation Museum exhibits an extraordinary collection of vehicles ranging from an 1840 Conestoga Wagon to a 1913 Ford Model T, and recreational and city vehicles parked along a mock-up of “Baltimore St.,” Cumberland's primary business district at the turn of the twentieth century. The Thrasher Carriage Museum in nearby Frostburg is one of the top collections of horse-drawn vehicles in the world, featuring pleasure vehicles, funeral wagons, sleighs, and more in a renovated 19th century warehouse. Spruce Forest Artisan Village along the Old National Road in Grantsville is home to nine contemporary artists and several visiting artists working at traditional crafts in restored 19th century log cabins. In addition, there are eight craft galleries and a number of historic buildings to explore. Several unique B&Bs cater to those seeking a romantic mountain getaway. Cumberland is the gateway to a multitude of state and national parks such as Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland providing year-round recreation and camping opportunities. The 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park starts here and ends in Washington DC, with opportunities for walking, camping and biking on the path.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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  • Location: Cumberland is a city in the far western portion of Maryland, and is the county seat of Allegany County.
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    The area is outstanding in the summer and fall. The surrounding area lends itself to scenic drives — explore!