Brunswick Heritage Museum

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Brunswick Heritage Museum
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Brunswick Heritage Museum is located in Maryland
Brunswick Heritage Museum
Location within Maryland
Established c. 1966, 1974
Location 40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, Maryland 21716, USA
Coordinates 39°18′47″N 77°37′41″W / 39.3129637°N 77.6280838°W / 39.3129637; -77.6280838
Type Railroad and history
Key holdings Model railroad
Curator Rebecca O’Leary
Owner Brunswick Potomac Foundation
Public transit access Brunswick (MARC station)
Website brunswickmuseum.org


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

History[edit]

The Brunswick Potomac Foundation was founded during the town's 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee and originally focused on hosting local events including Railroad Days, an annual street festival held during the first full weekend in October.[1] Later, in 1974, the group purchased a building from a fraternal lodge to host a museum. Founded, as the Brunswick Railroad Museum, the museum originally focused exclusively on railroads. In 2013, it renamed itself and expanded the mission to also include the history of Brunswick, a company town of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. [2]

Collection[edit]

The first floor has a younger children's play area and dress up. The second floor focuses on life in Brunswick during different time periods and the C&O Canal. The third floor consists of 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. The model also includes the Brunswick classification yards, which were completed in 1907 and measured 5 miles (8.0 km) long, the largest and most modern in the nation to serve only one railroad company at that time.

Brunswick Visitor Center[edit]

The Brunswick Visitor Center is also on the first floor and is maintained by the National Park Service as a tenant.[3] This is a unit of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Building[edit]

The museum is housed in the former Improved Order of Red Men fraternal lodge. The three-story brick building or "wigwam" was built in 1904 by the Delaware Tribe No. 43 who occupied the building until 1945.[4] The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 1136 took over the lodge and removed the Native American statue from the entrance. That statue is now on the second floor of the museum. The building was chose by the museum because it is located less than a block from the Brunswick Line MARC commuter line and four tracks of the CSX mainline.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Come and Visit Brunswick…". City of Brunswick. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Doyle, Kim (2013-03-21). "New name for museum". Brunswick Citizen (Brunswick, MD). 
  3. ^ "Brunswick Visitor Center". National Park Service. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Rubin, Mary H. (2007). Brunswick. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 9780738536590. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 

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Coordinates: 39°18′47″N 77°37′41″W / 39.3129637°N 77.6280838°W / 39.3129637; -77.6280838