We strive 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.
We envision downtown Brunswick as the focal point of entertainment, shopping, and tourism for the community. We hope to cultivate a downtown which residents take pride in, one that 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 strolling the streets, shopping, dining outside, listening to music, or walking 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, and visits here.
Brunswick was chosen in 1883 by the B&O Railroad to provide locomotive servicing facilities for westbound trains, as well as a much-needed refueling station that could serve Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and the scattered Baltimore terminals. The land was purchased from the locals, who were more than happy to sell the property. The B&O Railroad soon owned the majority of the town, whose population equaled roughly 200 at the time.
The name Brunswick was incorporated in 1890 and the freight yard was opened the May of that year, leading to a substantial influx of residents; within ten years of the yard’s opening, Brunswick’s population had increased to nearly 2500. The B&O donated land for parks and public buildings and by 1910, three years following the establishment of the YMCA, the population was estimated to be around 5000 people.
The town continued to prosper until the mid-1950s, which heralded the transition from steam- to diesel-powered engines — resulting in the termination of yard operations and the subsequent end of the railroad boom. Today, Brunswick is the fifth-largest municipality in Frederick County, and boasts over 6000 people who call this place home.
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.