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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Allegany County Tourism Launches NEW Summer of Heritage Campaign


Allegany County Tourism Launches NEW Summer of Heritage Tourism Campaign Campaign will focus on history and heritage centered events

June 7, 2018 - CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism has announced a new tourism campaign – the Summer of Heritage, which is aimed at promoting the many special events that celebrate our region’s rich history and heritage. The Summer of Heritage will kick off with George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Celebration and the 50th Annual Heritage Days Festival, June 8-10, 2018, in Cumberland, Maryland, and will end with the Appalachian Festival, held September 15, 2018, at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.

“Our community does a great job at celebrating the many historical ties that connect our region to American history,” said Ashli Workman, director of tourism.

Our region’s very foundation and history is tied to our geographical location and east to west route. The National Road, the C&O Canal, the B&O Railroad, and the coal mining industry transformed our quiet valleys into bustling cities as transportation evolved. But, the story doesn’t stop here. George Washington made three memorable journeys to Western Maryland from 1748 and 1756; the United States first coal and coke fueled furnace produced 75 tons of iron a week in Lonaconing, Maryland; quite possibly the best left-handed pitcher of all-time, Lefty Grove, was also born and raised in Allegany County; and the Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s tunnels, which once served British troops, became a mode for transporting escaped slaves in the Underground Railroad.

“One aspect of tourism’s role is product development and storytelling, and when we took a step back and looked at all the special events happening in Allegany County, we identified a common theme that supported heritage tourism,” said Workman. “These seven events highlight, celebrate, and engage the community with pieces of Allegany County’s history and heritage.”

The Summer of Heritage encourages visitors to show up, stay the night, and spend money in Allegany County, Maryland, by attending a variety of history and heritage focused special events.

Summer of Heritage events include:

·         George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion – June 8-10, 2018

·         50th Annual Heritage Days Festival – June 9-10, 2018

·         Oldtown SummerFest – June 16-17, 2018

·         Coney Days – June 25 – July 5, 2018

·         River and Rails Festival – September 7-9, 2018

·         Iron Rail Days – September 8-9, 2018

·         Appalachian Festival – September 15, 2018


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