History: Cumberland was an important stop on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the western terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which supplied Union troops. Like citizens in many other cities in Maryland, there were split loyalties between the Union and the Confederacy. During the war, Cumberland served as a hospital and supply base, and when the war ended, it became a demobilization center.
More to Explore: Enjoy a stroll on the outdoor pedestrian plaza of Downtown Cumberland Mall on Baltimore Street, which offers an authentic, main street shopping experience for antiques, gifts and souvenirs, surrounded by a backdrop of mountain ranges. Savor outdoor dining on the mall, and then treat yourself to homemade ice cream at the local creamery on Harrison Street. Visit Constitution Park to picnic, enjoy a playground or a swimming pool during the summer months.
- "View of Cumberland." Photo courtesy of, merlavageimages.com
- "Cumberland Basin looking North." Photo courtesy of, Bonnachoven
- "Wills Creek Cumberland." Photo courtesy of, Tim Kiser Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 2.5; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wills_Creek_Cumberland.jpg