Introduction to Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland was established in 1787 and officially incorporated in 1815. The community was named in honor of Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland and the son of King George II. It was originally the site of Old Fort Cumberland, an immensely important site at the time of the French and Indian War which also served as Colonel George Washington’s outpost. His first military headquarters was constructed in the same place. Cumberland is the county seat of Allegany County, which was established in 1789.
Cumberland and nearby Attractions
- George Washington's Office Museum
- Green Ridge State Forest
- Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
- Willa Cather Birthplace
- Holsopple Train Station
- Big Run State Park
Things To Do In Cumberland
A walk along the heritage Western Maryland Scenic Railroad enables people to take a look around historic sites and attractions like the Allegany County Museum, the Canal Place Heritage Area, the Gordon-Roberts House and the C&O Canal. The railroad also operates excursion trains, specialty trains and murder mystery trains. The Thrasher Carriage Museum showcases collections of horse-drawn vehicles together with sleighs, carts and funeral wagons. The Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum, George Washington's Office Museum, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and the Fort Bedford Museum are some other nearby museums and historical sites. Local parks include the Herrington Manor State Park, the Casselman River Bridge State Park, the Laurel Mountain State Park, Warriors Path State Park and Kooser State Park. In addition, the community hosts annual festivals like Oktoberfest, Heritage Days and the Canal Fest/ Rail Fest.
Washington Dulles International is the closest major airport.
Cumberland Higher Education
Cumberland is home to the Allegany College of Maryland. Frostburg State University, Lord Fairfax Community College and Shepherd College are all close by as well.