Covering the area’s history from the Ice Age to the Industrial Age, Cumberland’s Allegany Museum displays all areas of historic interest. Rich in native and colonial history, the Allegany region has deep ties to the nation’s birth. Cumberland was one of America’s first transportation hubs. The C&O Canal and Railroads figure prominently in the region’s history. Many industrial enterprises called Cumberland and the Allegany area home. Exhibits include Pre-History and First Residents, George Washington, Transportation and American Expansion, Civil War and The Industrial Revolution, the Thrasher Carriage Collection, and Art and Design.
Focusing on the counties of Allegany and Garret in Maryland,
Mineral in West Virginia, and Bedford and Somerset in Pennsylvania, the
Allegany Museum displays the region’s rich history. The artifacts stored in the
museum tell about a region whose history ranges from Native American, through
the Colonial / Revolutionary era to the Industrial Revolution / Modern world. Allegany’s
contributions toward the culture during each era, and each era’s influences about
the region are on display. America’s frontier, westward expansion, Civil War,
and Industrial development are prominent to the region’s growth.
The Museum occasionally
displays special exhibits; one example was an exhibit on the Saint Patrick’s
Day Flood of 1937. Survivor accounts, film, and artifacts detailed the story.
The Museum also provides teaching materials for classroom use. Archaeological research
is also supported by the Museum; the Museum and local residents are excavating
a 19th century farm property that sets along the Potomac River. Researchers are
examining settlement at the site through pre-history.1 Museum artifacts tell of
the region’s industrial past, a past that included a once thriving brewing
industry, glass works, and tire production. Cumberland was on the nation’s first
federally funded highway, one of its early canals, and an important railroad