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From its early days as an Algonquin Indian settlement and meeting place for fur traders and explorers on the snow-blanketed edge of European civilization, Cumberland has been a magnet in the mountains of Western Maryland. Cumberland's physical appearance remains much as it was in the 1930s, the time of its greatest industrial wealth. Allegany Museum and the Queen City Transportation Museum celebrate the town’s heyday; Allegany Arts Council offers contemporary art and performances of theater and music throughout the year. In the Canal Place Heritage Area, one finds shopping, historic sites, good food, and a picturesque setting for a frosty ...

From its early days as an Algonquin Indian settlement and meeting place for fur traders and explorers on the snow-blanketed edge of European civilization, Cumberland has been a magnet in the mountains of Western Maryland. Cumberland's physical appearance remains much as it was in the 1930s, the time of its greatest industrial wealth. Allegany Museum and the Queen City Transportation Museum celebrate the town’s heyday; Allegany Arts Council offers contemporary art and performances of theater and music throughout the year. In the Canal Place Heritage Area, one finds shopping, historic sites, good food, and a picturesque setting for a frosty hike along the C&O Canal. In 2006, the southern end of the Great Allegheny Passage was completed, connecting Cumberland to the 320-mile long C&O Canal towpath. This created a continuous system of hiking/snowshoeing/X-county ski trails from Duquesne, near Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC. Nearby Rocky Gap State Park features a number of short scenic hikes, but is best known in winter for the Mountain Reflections Holiday Light Show, a popular holiday-themed light show that runs November-January. Families can enjoy animated and illuminated displays featuring festive holiday themes in a drive-through area of the park. For those seeking a spa experience and fine dining, Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in the park is the place to go. Queen City Transportation Museum houses part of the extraordinary collection of James Richard Thrasher. Mr. Thrasher had a passion for horse-drawn vehicles, wagons and automobiles. You won't see anything like this anywhere else! The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad runs trips between Cumberland and Frostburg from late spring until the end of December — the Polar Express!

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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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Cumberland is a city in the far western portion of Maryland, and is the county seat of Allegany County.
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Cumberland is a major stop on Amtrak, and hotels, restaurants and B&Bs are open for business in winter. November-December offers the most events, and January-March are the quietest months.