Visit the Gordon-Roberts House and enjoy a soothing cup of tea, served by an elegantly costumed docent, as you embark on a memorable journey back in time. Strains of period music add to the ambiance as you walk the halls of this lovely 1867 Victorian home.
The home has been occupied by only two families. Judge Josiah Gordon built the house and his family lived in the home for twenty years. Josiah served in the Maryland House of Delegates and was a President of the C&O Canal. The second and last family to occupy the home was the W. Milnor Roberts family. Mr. Roberts was an engineer involved in building railroads in Brazil. During the early time period of the Roberts family, Cumberland was the second largest city in Maryland and Washington Street, on which the home is located, was a political arena. Governor Lloyd Lowndes, state senators, and U.S. House of Representatives members lived on the street and were entertained by the Roberts family.
Today, the home is owned by the Allegany County Historical Society. Visitors have the opportunity to explore life in the late 1800s of an upper middle class family and their servants. The period rooms of three floors of the home display all aspects of home life - furnishings, clothing, textiles, art, toys, and more.
Open Wednesday - Saturday; 10 am - 4 pm
May – October - tours on the hour, last tour at 4 pm
November – April – tours on the hour, last tour at 3 pm
Tours are also offered by appointment.
Hilarious and "piratey" re-telling of a classic Christmas carol for kids in grades 1-5. Free admission.
Enjoy the warmth of old stories and magical music around an enormous Christmas tree during this family-friendly event with free admission.