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Allegany County

Posted 5/22/2002

INFORMATION

Allegany County Arts Council, (301) 777-2787.

Allegany County Convention and Visitors Council, Western Maryland Railway Station, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (800) 425-2067, www.mdmountainside.com.

ATTRACTIONS

C&O Canal National Historic Park Visitors Center, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (301) 724-3655, www.canalplace.org. The written materials and interactive exhibits at this facility at the western terminus of the C&O Canal tell the tale of the waterway's boat-building, coal, and shipping industries.

The Castle, 15925 Mount Savage Road, Mount Savage, (301) 264-4645. This 1840 replica of a Scottish castle has served at various times as a brothel, a dance hall, and a casino. Today it's a B&B--and, legend has it, a haunted one.

Failinger's Hotel Gunter, 11 W. Main St., Frostburg, (301) 689-6511. Even if you're not spending the night, this 1897 Victorian hotel is worth a look-see for its coal-mine replica, historical displays, and one-room jail.

Thrasher Carriage Museum, 19 Depot St., Frostburg, (301) 689-3380, www.thrashercarriagemuseum.com. Get in your gas-guzzling motor vehicle and drive out to Western Maryland for a glimpse at American transportation from a simpler, less-polluting time: This museum houses a collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Call or visit the Web site for a schedule of special summer events.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (301) 759-4400, www.wmsr.com. It's a railroad, it's scenic, and it's in Western Maryland--what more could you want? This 32-mile trip goes from Cumberland to Frostburg and back; call or visit the Web site for info on special excursions.

EVENTS

Heritage Days Festival, June 8-9, Cumberland, (301) 777-2787. Allegany County's largest street fair offers arts and crafts, food, antique cars, train rides, and tours of historic buildings, all in downtown Cumberland.

Schoolhouse Quilters Guild Show, June 14-16, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, (301) 729-5464. Bid on a quilt during a silent auction, win one in a raffle, learn how to make one, or just admire a bunch of them during this big annual show.

Western Maryland Street-Rod Roundup, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, (301) 777-7774, (301) 722-4031. As if hundreds of pre-1949 street rods aren't enough, this yearly event also includes food, entertainment, and crafts.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Children's Fishing Rodeo. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 22, Battie Mixon Fishing Hole, Oldtown, (301) 759-6635. It's time for the kids to show what they can do with a rod and a reel during this fishing contest for ages 15 and under.

Dan's Mountain State Park, Lonaconing, (301) 463-5564. Play in a playground made of recycled tires, swim in an Olympic-size pool, fish in a pond, or hike along a trail--just get out before sunset, because Dan doesn't allow camping on his mountain.

Fore Sisters Golf Course, 16302 Conda Way SW, Rawlings, (800) 226-7110, (301) 729-4000. Whether you're a sister, a brother, or a clone, you're welcome at this 18-hole public golf course at the base of Dan's Mountain.

Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Road, Flintstone, (301) 777-2139. Fred and Wilma love this place, and why not, what with its boating, fishing, swimming, camping, nature center, minicabins, and a mile-long gorge along Rocky Gap Run with cliffs and lookouts.

SHOPPING

Yesteryear Antiques and Collectibles/ Vintage Boutique, 60-62 Baltimore St., Cumberland, (301) 722-7531. Old stuff to use, to amuse, and to wear.

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