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History & Heritage Experiences 
into history
THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF GARRETT COUNTY stretch back centuries and across acres of mountain wilderness and rich farm fields.
Today the county is a state-certified heritage area — the Mountain Maryland Gateway
to the West Heritage area — with almost
two dozen sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Its abundant resources and natural beauty blend with its rich history and rural atmosphere to make the county a special spot to live and visit.
The heritage area website, (garrettheritage. com) offers virtual tours, an interactive map and suggested routes for self-guided tours.
Friendsville has created its own interactive history tour with historical markers and online interactive features to learn about the town’s deep roots.
Southern Garrett County was once a mountain retreat where visitors from the cities came by rail to stay at fine establishments like
the Deer Park Hotel and the Oakland Hotel, which was adjacent to the rail station. Today, our area maintains a strong commitment to preserving and promoting its heritage:
Garrett County Historical Museum,
Oakland ( historicalmuseum.html): Cover 200 years of county history in a short time with a variety of exhibits, organized in themed rooms focusing on hotels, schools, transportation and more.
Garrett County Museum of Transportation,
Oakland ( transportationmuseum.html): Visitors to this two-story transportation museum get an up- close look at a replica of a blacksmith shop and vehicles from days gone by — sleighs, buggies, early automobiles — plus a second floor that highlights the 90-plus-year history of Deep Creek Lake.
Oakland B&O Museum
( Housed in the restored 1884 station that welcomed trains until
1971, this museum takes visitors back to the day when the depot was the center of town. The building has its original floors, an original bench in the ladies’ waiting room and window glass that has been salvaged and reframed. Railroad and many other county artifacts fill its interior and give a taste of the railroad’s heyday.
Grantsville Museum (garrettcountymuseums. com/grantsvillemuseum.html): A small community museum, this collection features the photos of the late poet and photographer Leo Beachy, whose glass plate negatives show western Maryland in the early 20th century. Other exhibits offer a look at key community events with artifacts from nearby residents.
Beyond museums, there is more to see and experience:
The Historic National Road ( scenic-byways/historic-national-road) passes through Garrett County near Grantsville on its 700-mile route from Baltimore to Vincennes,
Ill. This first federally funded highway spawned
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