Brunswick Heritage Museum

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The Brunswick Heritage Museum is a railroad and history museum in Brunswick, Maryland.

Model of the Point of Rocks station at the Brunswick Railroad Museum

Museum focus[edit]

The museum demonstrates the effect of railroads on society in a company town, using the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's effect on Brunswick as an example. In March, 2013, the museum re-branded itself as the Brunswick Heritage Museum, indicating its broader mission of the history of Brunswick.[1] (It had previously been known as the Brunswick Railroad Museum.)

Exhibits[edit]

It is housed in the former Red Men's hall, a 100-year-old, 3-story brick building, with the second floor composed of community and railroad-themed historic exhibits, and the whole third floor an HO scale model railroad layout depicting the B&O Railroad's Metropolitan line (the MET) from Washington, DC to Brunswick, Maryland, in the late 1950s, as well as showing the Brunswick classification yards, which were completed in 1907 and measured 5 miles (8.0 km) long, claimed by the railroad to be the largest and most modern in the nation to serve only one railroad company at that time.

The first floor of the museum houses a children's exhibit and the National Park Service Brunswick Visitor Center for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Locomotives/rolling stock[edit]

No actual railroad cars (rolling stock) are owned, but the layout displays many types of equipment that were used. The museum is located less than a block from the Brunswick Line MARC commuter line and four tracks of CSX mainline.

Special events[edit]

The largest annual event at the museum is Railroad Days, a street festival held during the first full weekend in October.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, Kim (2013-03-21). "New name for museum". Brunswick Citizen (Brunswick, MD). 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°18′47″N 77°37′41″W / 39.31306°N 77.62806°W / 39.31306; -77.62806