Our mission is to revitalize downtown Brunswick as an attractive and lively city center. We will protect our historic architecture, strengthen our businesses, preserve our parks and green spaces, and honor our history.
Brunswick, then known as Berlin, was chosen by the B&O to solve one of their main operating problems. Since coal powered trains could only travel so far before needing rest and refueling stops, a new “yard” was created near the East End that could serve Philadelphia, Washington and the scattered Baltimore terminals, and provide locomotive servicing facilities for westbound trains. Several reasons were behind this choice of location: the terrain was ideal for the freight yard needs; riverside bottomland was cheap and available; and the B&O was exempt from paying property taxes in Maryland. The B&O bought land for the new yard from the locals who were more than happy to sell their “unusable” property, and the railroad soon owned most of the town. Brunswick was incorporated in 1890 and in May of that year the freight classification yard was opened.
We envision downtown Brunswick as the focal point of entertainment, shopping, and tourism for the community. We want to help cultivate a downtown that residents take pride in and visitors want to experience. Downtown Brunswick has a charm rooted in our railroad culture, canal history and river and mountain resources. People come from near and far to experience this special place.
Our vision for downtown is a lively place where events and activities are always going on. It is common to see folks stroll the streets, shop, dine outside, listen to music, or walk down to the river on a summer night. It is an exciting downtown, where the community comes together to celebrate our heritage and to engage with downtown merchants throughout the year. With this vision, Brunswick Main Street hopes to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, or visits here.
Our Main Street
Main Street Maryland is a downtown revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The program strengthens the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed, and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts.
Brunswick proudly received the Main Street designation in the spring of 2004.
Under the Main Street Maryland umbrella, we are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission of revitalizing downtown Brunswick as an attractive and lively city center. Main Street has a volunteer board of directors comprised of residents, business owners, and community leaders.
It employs one full-time manager to handle the administration and management of the program. Volunteers interested in revitalizing historic Brunswick carry out programs and activities.
Brunswick Main Street focuses on preserving our historic character and enhancing the image of downtown through four major avenues: Promotions, Economic Restructuring, Design and Organization to achieve our goals.