Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West
Garrett County, Maryland
(Logo for Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West, Garrett County) (7 small color images of structures and landscapes. 1 large color image of the Cassleman River Bridge.)
Transportation features include Garrett County's Indian Trails, the National Road, and the Casselman Bridge. It also includes railroads and waterways, which all contributed to the cultural landscapes and settlement patterns of Maryland's western frontier. Located in the northern part of Garrett County, I-68 and Maryland Alternate Route 40 provide access to the sites and structures along the historic National Road. This also was the area where General Edward Braddock marched the British Army during the French and Indian War. Important resource connections include:
• Oakland B&O Museum
• Garrett County Transportation Museum
• Grantsville Museum & National Road Inns, Casselman River Bridge,
• Braddock Campsites—Historical Markers
• Penn Alps
Garrett County has a legacy as one of Maryland's most significant recreational areas, even dating back prior to
• Hiking & Biking Trails
• Skiing—Downhill & Cross Country,
• White Water Rafting
• Deep Creek Lake
The unique climate and terrain of Maryland's western frontier creates a type of isolation in terms of cultural development. Since Garrett's first European settlers, the landscape has appealed to varied ethnic groups, mostly from Northern Europe. Sites relating to this theme recount the lives of various cultural groups that settled and have remained in the area. For example, isolation and natural beauty enticed Amish and Mennonite settlers into the area in the 19th century, searching for religious freedom. In addition, The Appalachian mountain culture itself is very unique, having developed its own food and drink, styles of music, and many other cultural characteristics that have interest for tourists. Garrett County is located within the larger footprint of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.
• Highland Festival
• Spruce Forest Artisan Village
• Duntrussen Farm/Pleasant Valley Dream Rides—Amish Dairy Farm
Man and Nature
Highlighting the unique natural resources which Garrett County has continually acknowledged and respected including coal, timber, and agriculture. In particular, the County has a unique landscape because it marks the Eastern Continental Divide in Maryland, which Lewis and Clark braved on their expedition across the country. Garrett also has a unique agricultural legacy that comprises many diverse cultural groups. These aspects testify to Garrett County's keen understanding of nature as a partner for humankind instead of an impediment. A rich farming history combines with many distinct cultures to create a farm-landscape unlike any other in Maryland. This includes rolling hills and breathtaking valleys in a patchwork of cultivated fields. These beautiful agricultural areas are located everywhere in Garrett County but the best place to see their beauty is off the main roads.
• 6 State Parks & 3 State Forests
• 150 miles of Scenic Byways
• Coal Heritage Talks available at Garrett College Library: Kitzmiller & Shallmar
• Barn Quilt Tours
• Working Farms Tours
• Stanton's Mill
Gateway to the West
The overarching theme in the Heritage
(9 small color images of structures and landscapes.)
(Logo for Maryland Heritage Area)
Maryland Heritage Area Authority
To get more information about the sites, activities and museums mentioned here visit:
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
15 Visitors Center Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
(Logo for the Deep Creek Lake Area, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce)
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority, Deep Creek Lake Area, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Environment • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, and the The Historic National Road series lists.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10240 National Pike, Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casselman River Bridge State Park (here, next to this marker); “The Little Crossings” / Castleman’s River Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named “The Little Crossings” / Castleman’s River Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winterburg House (about 700 feet away); Castleman’s River Bridge/The Little Crossings (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Casselman River Bridge State Park (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West (about 700 feet away); The Original Tombstone of Solomon Glotfelty (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grantsville.
More about this marker. (Duplicate marker located at west end of bridge.)
Regarding Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West. Reference is made in first paragraph to Maryland Alternate Route 40. That is posted as U.S., not as Maryland (state).
Under boldface "Historic Recreation" is found "It's"; the apostrophe should have been omitted.
Also see . . .
1. Casselman River Bridge State Park, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. (Submitted on June 24, 2019.)
2. Spruce Forest Artisan Village. (Submitted on June 24, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2019. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2021. Photos: 1. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.