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.
C&O Canal National Historic Park Visitors Center, Western Maryland Railway Station, 13 Canal St., downtown Cumberland, (301) 724-3655, www.canalplace.org. Located at the western terminus of the C&O Canal, this visitors center has brochures, maps, books, and interactive exhibits on the boat-building, coal, and shipping industries that made Cumberland a transportation haven.
George Washington's Headquarters, Riverside Park, Cumberland, (301) 777-5132. Pop your head into this one-room cabin built in the 1750s and used by George when he was only a peon to Gen. Braddock.
Iron Furnace, Iron Furnace Park, Lonaconing, (301) 463-2289. Not just any old iron furnace, this Iron Furnace was built in 1837 and was the first in the United States to "successfully use coal and coke fuel rather than charcoal to produce pig iron." Well, the family park surrounding it sounds nice.
Thrasher Carriage Museum, 19 Depot St., Frostburg, (301) 689-3380, www.thrashercarriagemuseum.com. This 19th-century warehouse is home to one of the most excellent collections of horse-drawn vehicles, dude. Take advantage of the helpful guides and ask about events scheduled during the summer.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (800) 872-4650, www.wmsr.com. Take a 32-mile round trip in the mountains between Cumberland and Frostburg. Along the way experience an iron-truss bridge, a 914-foot-long tunnel, and a 1,300-foot change in elevation. Call for details about special excursions such as the Wine-and-Beer-Tasting Train on June 8--sample enough East Coast wines and microbrews at the station and you'll feel the earth move beneath your feet before the trip even starts.
Fishing Rodeo. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 23, Battie Mixon Fishing Hole, Oldtown, (301) 759-6635. Are your kids bragging about their fishing skills again? Let them prove their stuff during this "reel" competition in which kids under age 16 fish for the biggest catch. Awards and glory are at stake.
Heritage Days Festival, June 9-10, Cumberland, (301) 777-2787. More than 200 food, arts-and-crafts, and demonstration booths take over historic downtown Cumberland and the Washington Street district during Allegany County's largest street fair. Celebrate history with the antique-car exhibits, tours of cool old buildings, and scenic railroad rides.
July Fourth Celebration, dusk July 4, Constitution Park Amphitheater, Cumberland, (301) 759-6635. Free annual fireworks fun.
Schoolhouse Quilters Guild Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15-17, Lane Center, Frostburg State University, (301) 729-5464. Maryland's largest quilt show features quilt raffles and a silent auction, along with vendors and demonstrations.
Western Maryland Street-Rod Roundup, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1-2, Allegany County Fairgrounds, (301) 777-7774, (301) 722-4031. Vote for your favorite car if you can narrow it down from more than 1,000 pre-1949 street rods. And check out the rod jousting and parts vendors amidst the food, entertainment, crafts, and activities.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Dan's Mountain State Park, Lonaconing, (301) 777-2139. Don't know who Dan is, but his park has a new recycled-tire playground, an Olympic-size swimming pool with a water slide, and a fishing pond. Bring a picnic, take a hike, and enjoy the view, but don't plan on spending the night; Dan's is for day use only.
Fore Sisters Golf Course, 16302 Conda Way SW, Rawlings, (800) 226-7110, (301) 729-4000. This 18-hole public championship green is set at the base of Dan's Mountain and wins the award for the golf course with the coolest name.
Maryland Free-Fishing Days, June 2 and 9, July 4, (301) 387-7314. Grab your pole and call for information about these three days when you can fish in Maryland's fresh waters without a license.
Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Road, Flintstone, (301) 777-2139. Boasting "rugged mountain beauty and solitude," Rocky Gap State Park has something for everyone. The Rocky Gap Run winds through a mile-long gorge with cliffs, lookout points, and rhododendron-dense hemlock forest. Huge Lake Habeeb offers boating, fishing, and three swimming beaches, and there is a campground and nature center. The park also offers minicabins, pavilions, and boats for rent.
The Castle, 15925 Mount Savage Road, Mount Savage, (301) 264-4645. Built in 1840 as a replica of a Scottish keep, the Castle's résumé includes stints as a brothel, a dance hall, and a casino. Today it's a bed and breakfast, with a decanter of sherry in each of the six bedrooms and, supposedly, a ghost. Coincidence? Probably not.
Failinger's Hotel Gunter, 11 W. Main St., Frostburg, (301) 689-6511, www.hotelgunter.com. This Victorian hotel, built in 1897, offers period furnished rooms and a history lesson with its coal-mine replica, historical displays, and one-room jail, useful for punishing bad patrons.
Inn at Walnut Bottom, 120 Greene St., Cumberland, (800) 286-9718, www.iwbinfo.com. This B&B offers a cozy stay in the heart of Cumberland's historic district.
Yesteryear Antiques and Collectibles/Vintage Boutique, 60-62 Baltimore St., Cumberland, (301) 722-7531. On one hand, you have your wonderfully old kitchenware, books, dolls, and toys; on the other, you have vintage clothing, purses, hats, shoes, and jewelry. Hold hands and you have Yesteryear.
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