Summer of Heritage


America's first frontier! As soon as the American Revolution was won, people poured west from the Mid-Atlantic. In short order, the National Road, the C&O Canal, the B&O Railroad, and the coal mining industry transformed our quiet valleys in Mountain Maryland into a bustling transportation center.

Today, our mountains are full of stories rich in history and heritage. Once the westernmost outpost of the British Empire in America, walk the remaining tunnels of Fort Cumberland, where a young George Washington led troops after Fort Duquesne. Climb aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to appreciate the region's rich coal heritage and westward expansion. Stroll along the Potomac River. Cycle and hike the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath, and you’ll actually be on the historic routes that marked the end of the canal era and the dawn of railroads.

September 15, 2018 - The Allegheny Highlands of Mountain Maryland, features the FSU Appalachian Festival celebrating the best of traditional arts & culture, music, history, and natural environment of our region.
June 25 - July 5, 2018 - Lonaconing, Maryland, home to Baseball legend Lefty Grove and the United States' first coal and coke fuel Iron Furnace.
June 9-10, 2018 - Cumberland, Maryland - 50th Anniversary! Heritage Days kickoffs summer in the Queen City.
September 8-9, 2018 - In 1844, Mount Savage, Maryland, was put on the map with the pressing of the first iron rail in the United States.
June 16-17, 2018 - An annual festival celebrating Oldtown, Maryland, which was settled in 1741 by Pathfinder, patriot, and frontiersman, Colonel Thomas Cresap.
September 7-9, 2018 - Showcasing the potential Cumberland River Park project and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
June 8 - 10, 2018 - A grand celebration of the heritage of George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion in Cumberland, Maryland.