Cumberland Travel Guide

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Cumberland Things to Do

  • Baltimore Street

    This is Cumberland's "main drag", where people meet and greet each other. It's a pedestrian zone stretching several blocks. There are restaurants, shops, theaters, and a Sunday Market.

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  • C&O Canal National Historic Park

    At the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad station is a small museum of the C&O Canal, with an information center. This is a good start place for learning about the canal. From here, you can visit the re-created canal boat that is on display nearby. Beyond that, if you have time, take a hike along the Potomac River, which flows south of here. Also,...

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  • Canal Place

    The C&O Canal ends here at Cumberland. The last part of it runs parallel to the Potomac River, which joins Wills Creek at Cumberland. Here at Canal Place are shops, cafes, and an information center that provides all that you need to know about touring the area.On summer weekend evenings, live music is performed on the stage. See the schedule posted...

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  • Queen City Transportation Museum

    James Richard Thrasher spend decades collecting horse-drawn carriages and autos. In 1977, he opened a museum to share his collection with the public. His chose the site of the former Midland School, which he had attended. After his death, the county purchased his museum. There is a smaller branch of this museum in Frostburg (no photos allowed...

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  • Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

    Cumberland, in the foothills of the Alleghenies, offers plenty of outdoor activities. And the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will take you through some of the best scenery in the entire state. The narrator also tells of the days of old, when the town was built, when the railroad came through, and some of the colorful characters who lived here....

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  • The Spires of Cumberland

    Cumberland is noted for its large spires on the rooftops dotted across the city. The city is very Victorian in its architecture. You definately get the feeling of going back in time as you walk the streets and look at the buildings. Cumberland is still under renovation. Much is being done to beautify the old city and bring it back to its once...

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  • Cumberland - Not everything is historic

    Although Baltimore Street has been transformed into a Victorian looking pedestrian walkway all is not historical. There was a rock band playing on the stage the day I was here. And there are modern pieces of art like this guitar on the side of the building to remind you that you have not completely been transported to a different time.

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  • Cumberlands Pedestrian Street

    The main shopping district still has many of the original buildings. Most of these are on Baltimore Street. Baltimore Street has been blocked off and paved with red bricks for a pedestrian walkway. There are many resturants with out door seating and shops to be explored along Baltimore Street. There is also a farmers market here. The afternoon I...

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  • Cumberlands Large Victorian Houses

    Walking up Washington Street you will see many large and beautiful Victorian Mansions. These homes have been kept up and renovated. They add a lot of charm to this city. I enjoyed walking up the hills and see them.

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  • George Washington Really Did Sleep Here

    Cumberlands history dates back to Fort Cumberland. The city was established in 1787. George Washington had his headquarters here during the French and Indian War. This is the original headquaters of Washington. I saw this and had to have a picture of it and began planning my VT tip. But I do hate it when a perfect VT is ruined by true facts and...

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  • Cumberland - Sculpture at the train...

    If you have read any of my other pages on Virtual Tourist you will notice that I always mention street art, sculptures and memorials. I really love to see these when I travel to different cities. Here is a small statue and fountain located just in front of the Western Maryland Railway Station.

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  • Take a train ride in Cumberland Maryland

    Western Maryland Railway Station is the starting point for many visitors to Cumberland. There is a parking lot located across the street from the station. There is a fee to use the parking lot during the week but it is free on the weekends. You can ride in a 1916 Baldwin Steam Locamotive located at the station. The train will take you on a three...

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Cumberland Restaurants

  • The Best Restaurant at Canal Place

    The Crabby Pig specializes in Maryland crab cakes. It also has a wide selection of other classic dishes. And it's right at Canal Place. After dinner, when the bands play on the stage, one can move to the bar and listen in while enjoying one of the bar's specialty cocktails. The crab cakes.

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  • The worst resteraunt ever

    The food was horrible and when I told my waitress that it was bad, she told me the manager said I would still have to pay for it. I asked for another dish in exchange and she told me no that they would not take a loss. She then told me I had a nasty attitude and patronized me in front of other customers. I was nice and didn't get an attitude until...

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  • Cumberland - The City Lights Cafe

    Mark and I stopped for lunch at the City Lights Cafe. Its located on Baltimore Street. It was a pleasant day and not too hot, so we sat outside at the sidewalk tables and listened to the bank playing just down the street. There are several restaurants along Baltimore Street with outside seating. We stopped at City Lights for no particular reason....

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Cumberland Tourist Traps

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    by littlesam1 Written Jul 23, 2007

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    I have seen Canal Place advertised many times in brochures and news items about Cumberland. It was a major disappointment. It consisted of colorless buildings along the canal with nondescript souvineer shops and a few small restaurants and ice cream shops. A lot of the buildings were empty and it appears that Canal Place is one of the few improvements that is not working for the city. Instead I suggest you go to Baltimore Street and the pedestrian walkway.

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Cumberland Favorites

  • Residential Neighborhoods in Cumberland

    Take a stroll through the comfortable and elegant residential neighborhoods close to the center of town. They reflect the nineteenth-century prosperity of Cumberland when it was a major stop on the coach and turnpike routes to the west. U.S. 40, the National Road, goes right through Cumberland.

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  • Greek Revival

    The Alleghany County Library was built in the 1840s, and reflects the American interest in Greek styles and designs, widely influential in the pre-civil war era. Ionic columns were especially popular in the southern states, where they now serve as a kind of icon of the Confederacy.

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  • Allegany County Courthouse

    In County Seat towns like Cumberland (and Marquette, where I live), the County Courthouse is invariably the most solid and impressive "pile" around. Usually, the Courthouses were built between the 1870s and World War I, the product of the confidence and satisfaction of America's "Gilded Age." They reflect the central role of governments in an era...

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