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 History & Heritage Experiences
   Experience the nation’s pioneering spirit
in Garrett County! Numerous sites around the region have historical, cultural and
recreational importance. The county is one of 13 certified Maryland Heritage Areas.
Garrett County’s rich history spans centuries, and it was a vital destination for early settlers to mine coal and cut timber. (For more on the county’s history, see sidebar.)
Don’t miss these destinations to learn more about our fascinating history and culture:
Garrett County Barn
Quilts, located throughout Garrett County
Explore our scenic byways and sprawling farmlands as you discover more than 40 barn quilts. Each barn quilt has a unique design. A map and description of each stop leads you on a fun adventure while learning more about our agricultural heritage.
Garrett County Arts Council Gallery Shop, Oakland (
Immerse yourself in an array of beautiful artwork created by 150 local artists. The
Gallery Shop features a wide variety of pieces, including photography, watercolor, painting, jewelry, pottery, woodworks, and so much more.
Oakland B&O Museum, Oakland
Garrett County’s history was indelibly shaped by the B&O — both as a center of commerce and as a vacation destination. Trains stopped coming to Oakland in 1971, but the 1884 station building has undergone a complete, historically accurate restoration. One of the most distinguished depots in the country, the
station is on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, you’ll find original floors and an original bench in the ladies’ waiting room.
The Historic National Road
( historic-national-road)
Originally known as Baltimore National Pike, the road begins in Baltimore and passes through Garrett County on its 700-mile route to Vincennes, Ill. The development of this thoroughfare played a key role in the early development of the nation, creating
a gateway from the east to the Midwest.
A collection of log houses, some formerly traveler’s lodgings and dating back to the early to mid-1800s, adorn this venerable road.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Grantsville
Spruce Forest hosts resident artists and visiting artists in historic cabin structures. These local artisans share their stories and technical advice with visitors as they watch them create their works. Watch bird carving, quilling, pottery, metal work, wood turning, jewelry making and weaving, all while learning about the rich history of the village.
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