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Area Attractions

Actionbound Downtown Brunswick History Challenge

Explore a remarkably-preserved, turn-of-the-twentieth century railroad town from its roots. Brunswick is proof that even the smallest cities have a big story to tell!

To get started, click this link to open the Actionbound website, download the free mobile app, and you’re off! The entire challenge covers 1.5 miles and takes an average of an hour to an hour and a half to complete.

 

Actionbound Downtown Brunswick History Challenge

Actionbound Downtown Brunswick History Challenge

A fun, scavenger-hunt style walk through the heart of Brunswick

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

A.T. Conservancy Headquarters: 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425; 304-535-6331

Appalachian Trail

Brunswick is 3.2 miles from the A.T. access point at Weverton, MD, much of which is flat terrain. ​At Weverton, you can continue south on the final three miles of the Maryland A.T. that follow the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath along the Potomac River to Harpers Ferry, WV (the flattest three miles of the entire A.T.) Or head north and start your journey across Maryland towards sites such as the original Washington Monument and the only War Correspondents Memorial in the United States.

Brunswick Heritage Museum

For over 30 years, the Brunswick Heritage Museum has preserved the history of our town. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated as Brunswick in 1890. The Museum’s second floor exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O. The third floor is is dominated by a 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C.

Brunswick Heritage Museum

Brunswick Heritage Museum

40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD 21716; 301-834-7100

Hours change seasonally. Please call ahead for hours of operation.

Brunswick Family Campground

Brunswick Family Campground

40 Canal Rd., Brunswick, MD 21716; 301-834-9950

Brunswick Family Campground

Located between the Potomac River and the C&O Canal Towpath at Brunswick, MD and near Harpers Ferry, WV. This full service RV and tent campground right on the river has over 100 scenic campsites. The campground is conveniently located only 1 hour from the Washington DC and Baltimore beltways.

C & O Canal NHP Visitor Center

Preserving America’s early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. It became a lifeline for communities along its path as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Construction began in 1828 and reached Brunswick (then known as “Berlin”) in 1834. The Canal operated until it was destroyed by flooding in 1924. Today its Towpath endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures.

The C&O Canal Trust, the official non-profit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is a great resource for more information. 

C & O Canal NHP Visitor Center

C & O Canal NHP Visitor Center

40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD 21716; 301-834-7100

C & O Canal Towpath

C & O Canal Towpath

Running 184.5 miles from Georgetown, Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD

C & O Canal Towpath

The Towpath intersects the heart of Brunswick at Mile Marker 55. With ample free parking in the adjoining MARC commuter lot and many food, drink & lodging options, Brunswick is the perfect starting point or rest stop for hikers, bicyclists, birdwatchers, and paddlers enjoying this natural corridor. Making it even more distinctive are the numerous connections to other trails and paths including the Capital Crescent Trail, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the Western Maryland Rail Trail, the trail system in Green Ridge State Forest, and the Great Allegheny Passage that connects Cumberland,  MD to Pittsburgh, PA.

 

C1926 Caboose

The vintage B & O Railroad caboose on display here hails from a time when the caboose was the “home away from home” for the freight train crew, compactly containing bunks, a small coal stove for heating and cooking, coal box, water tank, ice box, pantry and seating. Steps away at the foot of S. Maryland Ave. you’ll find a railroad viewing platform.

 

 

C1926 Caboose

C1926 Caboose

Railroad Square, 21 S. Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD 21716

Ephraim Francis Baldwin Train Station

Ephraim Francis Baldwin Train Station

Railroad Square, 21 S. Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD 21716

Ephraim Francis Baldwin Train Station

The current Brunswick station, formerly a B & O Railroad depot and now served by MARC commuter rail, looks just as it did when it was designed by architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin and opened in 1891. Originally on Seventh Avenue, it was moved to its current location in 1907. It is a wooden frame building in the Queen Anne style with stone walls up to the window sills, and features Palladian windows in the roof dormers. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since August 29, 1979.

 

Old Berlin Cemetery

Old Berlin is the earliest known cemetery in the Brunswick. Burials took place here since at least 1799 and the oldest existing grave marker reads “M.C. 1810.” About 70 gravestones remain. Most burials took place between 1870 and 1920. It is no longer an active cemetery. The Cemetery is owned by the City of Brunswick and is open to the public. Visitors are welcome to walk around the grounds and explore the history that is here. Please treat the Cemetery grounds with care and respect.

 

Old Berlin Cemetary

Old Berlin Cemetary

N. Delaware Ave., Brunswick, MD 21716

Potomac River

Potomac River

Potomac River

Brunswick makes it easy to get into the water with two boat ramps. You’ll find one in the Brunswick Family Campground and one just south of the Potomac River Highway Bridge. Bring your own equipment, or contact River & Trail Outfitters for kayak and canoe rentals or to join one of their kayak, canoe, or rafting adventures.

River’s Edge Trails

River’s Edge Trails are 4+ miles of multi-use trails along the shores of the Potomac River. Built with volunteers and the professional services of Elevated Trail Designs, River’s Edge Trails are challenging and rewarding, worth a visit. You’ll find multiple cross-country flow trails (Yellow, Red, Green, White, & Blue) good for mountain biking, running, and hiking, jump trails (Carlo’s Inferno, Too Fast For Love & You’ve Got To Be Skidding Me), fast, downhill flow (Goonies), a berm trail (Snoop Bermy Berm), and space to tabletop (Bee Hive).

River's Edge Trails

River's Edge Trails

13th Ave. & Cummings Dr., Brunswick, MD 21716