Victorian Treasures

Dine-Around with a Twist

Cumberland, Maryland is a city steeped in the Victorian history and culture of the Gilded Age.  Throughout the day, you will receive little “treasures” and hear stories from the Queen City’s past, including tales of George Washington’s exploits, Braddock’s Lost Gold, and historic Fort Cumberland.

Begin your tour at the C&O Canal Museum in Cumberland, the western most terminus of the canal, where you will meet your guide.  A National Park ranger will tell you the history of the canal and you’ll have free time to explore the interactive museum and Western Maryland train station. (Little fish crackers or candy) * Enjoy your main course at the Princess Restaurant in Frostburg, Puccini’s Restaurant in Cumberland, Gehauf’s in LaVale, or Warner’s German Restaurant in Cresaptown. Take a driving tour of the beautiful homes on Washington Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  (Victorian snowglobe.) At the Gordon-Roberts House, see and hear about the life of a well-to-do family from the turn of the 20th Century.  The home was built by Josiah Hanse Gordon, an attorney and president of the C&O Canal.  A delightful tea will be a special treat.  Be sure to visit the gift shop! (Specialty teas) See Lover’s Leap and find treasures galore at Candyland, home of over 900 kinds of candies, fruit, jams, jellies, and fresh vegetables where you’re sure to find something to please your sweet tooth. (Candy gold coins) Hear tales of Chief Will as you travel the National Road to the Toll Gate House, the only remaining toll gate house in State of Maryland on the National Road.  2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the National Road. (toll house cookie) At the Thrasher Carriage Museum see a fine collection of carriages, wagons, and sleighs, or at the Allegany Museum, learn of the early life of the area where the National Road began, the C&O Canal ended, and several train systems converged, making it a transportation hub in the Victorian age.  (trail mix)

* Emmanuel Episcopal Church, built on the site of Fort Cumberland, featuring Tiffany stained glass windows and tunnels built during the French and Indian War that became part of the Underground Railroad may be substituted.