Brunswick Heritage Museum

Brunswick Heritage Museum Located at 40 West Potomac Street in the heart of historic Brunswick, Maryland, the Brunswick Heritage Museum preserves this community’s railroad heritage through dynamic presentations for railroad fans and history lovers of all ages.
For over 30 years, the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorperated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile railyard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000! The BRRM can be seen as two museums in one. On the second floor, the Museum’s exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O railroad at the turn of the 20th century and the people who lived here. Recreations of late Victorian rooms are the centerpiece complimented by exhibits that recall the lives of the railroaders and their families in the early 1900’s. Upstairs on the third floor is our 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s railyard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C. The model railroad comes alive with many new interactive elements installed during the renovation of the layout in 2007. We are proud to house the Brunswick Visitors Center for the National Park Service’s Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park. The history of the C&O canal is beautifully depicted in photographs and interactive elements. This area of the museum is free to the public.
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A railroad life museum!

Mission: Brunswick Heritage Museum tells the story of Brunswick, past to present, through dynamic presentations and programs, for history lovers and explorers of all ages.

06/12/2020

We are very happy to see many of our local businesses reopen. We are slowly returning to normal. The museum will remain closed through June. The Board of Directors are implementing a Re-Opening plan that will have us reopened, hopefully in July. We are not alone as many museums in Frederick County will not be opening any time soon. Stick with us. We will be okay and back open soon.

06/04/2020

Brunswick Heritage Museum Selects SM+P Architects from Baltimore, MD

The Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc., owners and operators of the Brunswick Heritage Museum in Brunswick, Maryland, are excited to share important news.

After the review of several highly qualified architectural firms, the Board of Directors of the Brunswick Potomac Foundation selects SM+P Architects from Baltimore, MD as the Architectural firm for the Museum’s facade restoration project. The principals of SM+P are Schamu, Machowski, and Patterson. In 1982, Walter Schamu & Associates moved into Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood and began a legacy of unique and revered architecture, starting out with a focus on residential work. Through the 1980s, the firm continued to expand and bring in new, exciting work. In 1984 the firm found work in historic preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use. From historic preservations, leading laboratories, private residences and five-star restaurants, SM+P Architects is responsible for some of Baltimore's most notable architecture.

SM+P Architects has helped to restore famous buildings in the Baltimore region, including:

B&O Railroad Museum
This 1884 Baltimore landmark was restored and upgraded in a fast-track $15 million design and construction effort. The work included: shoring and bracing; demolition and debris removal; structural analysis and design; historic paint analysis; and roof element reconstruction, including upper and lower roofs and the lantern.

Bromo Seltzer Tower
After years of neglect, this 1911 Baltimore landmark has been transformed into studio space for artists. SM+P Architects designed building plans which called for a small interior fire stair to meet with City Fire Department and MD Historic Trust approval and to allow the building to be occupied. Work included new lighting, HVAC, elevator and exterior restoration. The $1.2 million restoration met the historic guidelines available for achieving the available tax credits for the investment group of owners.

B&O RR Oakland Station
Following the design of a master plan and interior alterations developed by SM+P Architects, this historic 1884 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station became a new visitor center for the town of Oakland, MD. The award-winning facility includes a small theater and museum. The meticulous restoration used slate mined from the same quarry that produced the original building. Today, the building is a centerpiece for the ever- increasing tourist destination Garrett County.

For the last several months, the museum has operated a capital campaign to raise funds to make needed improvements to its home, Brunswick Red Men’s Hall, located at 40 West Potomac Street, within the historic district of Brunswick. The City of Brunswick and Sate Senator Michael Hough assisted the Museum in receiving a $100,000 state bond bill to restore the building. As a requirement the Museum needed to raise $25,000 in matching funds. To date, $33,000 has been raised by the generosity of the greater Brunswick Community.

“The Museum is excited to have an engineering firm as prestigious as SM+P to lead us in moving forward with this needed project”, said Museum President James R. Castle.

For more information regarding the Brunswick Heritage Museum contact James R. Castle at [email protected]

For more information on SM+P Architects visit their website, http://www.smp-architects.com

06/03/2020

Last call for "Project 2020" donations

The Brunswick Heritage Museum recognizes it has been a difficult year. The community has been very supportive of our fundraising effort to raise funds for our building restoration project. The Museum set a goal of $25,000 and to date we have raised over $33,000. Thank you!

At this time we are posting one last call for anyone who wishes to be a part of the project, having your name attached to the project, or honoring someone's memory with the project.

The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?
The Museum will end this Capital Campaign around June 1, 2020.

The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000? This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.

Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $35,000 for “Project 2020”:

$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)

$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)

$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)

$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)

$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)

Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716

You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].

The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected].

05/31/2020

Museum Reaches $33,000 Milestone in Fundraising Goal
We take a break from our Brunswick History 101 offerings to announce this news! The Brunswick Heritage Museum is happy to announce that it has reached the $33,000 benchmark in fundraising for "Project 2020".
The Museum Thanks:
A volunteer for our model railroad for their $60 donation.
A Jefferson resident for their $25 donation.
The Ghost Pit for donating $200
A Baltimore Resident, the Grandson of H.N. Werntz, for donating $120
Mary Richardson, who previously donated $500, submitted her donation for a corporate match which was approved, bringing her level of support to $1,000.
A previous donor whose donation was matched by her employer providing the museum an additional $75.

These donations added to the ones previously announced bring the Museum's Project 2020 fund to $33,005.78.
The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?
The Museum will end this Capital Campaign on June 1, 2020.

The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000 by May 31, 2020? This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.
Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $30,000 for “Project 2020”:
$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)
$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)
$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)
Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].
The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected] or calling at 301-834-7100.

05/27/2020

Museum Reaches $32,000 Milestone in Fundraising Goal
We take a break from our Brunswick History 101 offerings to announce this news! The Brunswick Heritage Museum is happy to announce that it has reached the $32,000 benchmark in fundraising for "Project 2020".

The Museum Thanks:
A Board Member for covering $100 in PayPal Fees.
Charles Wendal for being a co-Baron at Pt. of Rocks.
Reoccurring monthly donations totaling $300
A Myersville resident donated $100.
A Brunswick resident donated $250.
Additional signage cost $230.
John Daytons $250 contribution was matched by his employer.

These donations added to the ones previously announced bring the Museum's Project 2020 fund to $32,025.78.
The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?

The Museum will end this Capital Campaign on June 1, 2020.

The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000 by May 31, 2020? This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.
Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $30,000 for “Project 2020”:
$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)
$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)
$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)
Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].
The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected] or calling at 301-834-7100.

05/15/2020

Public Notice.
The Brunswick Heritage Museum will remain closed. We will re-evaluate by June 1st. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon.

04/13/2020

Brunswick 101:Episode 12:Berlin to Brunswick

04/11/2020

Tonight, the Museum would have hosted a private paranormal investigation but because of the pandemic, it was cancelled. This equates into a loss of $100 for the museum. The museum currently has to pay a $1,000 electric bill (from winter), $1,000 insurance payments, and a $300 water bill.

If you can, will you assist us? Donations to the museum can be made via PayPal to [email protected].

Thanks for your consideration.

04/08/2020
James R. Castle

Happy Birthday Brunswick!

Can anyone guess who is 130 years old today?.........................................
Brunswick, that's who. On April 9th, the Frederick Daily News stated that among other bills signed into law, One was to incorporate the Town of Brunswick. The first elections to be scheduled later in the year.

Happy birthday Brunswick....You're gorgeous!

04/06/2020

Brunswick History 101:Episode 11:B&O RR 1834-1880's

04/04/2020

Brunswick History 101:Episode 10:Museum Exhibits:RR Items

Museum Reaches $31,000 Milestone in Fundraising GoalWe take a break from our Brunswick History 101 offerings to announce...
03/31/2020

Museum Reaches $31,000 Milestone in Fundraising Goal

We take a break from our Brunswick History 101 offerings to announce this news! The Brunswick Heritage Museum is happy to announce that it has reached the $31,000 benchmark in fundraising for "Project 2020".

The Museum Thanks:

A Board Member for covering $68.22 in PayPal Fees

A Board Member for covering $31.78 in Brick Fees

A North Carolina Resident for their $25 donation.

DEMirayINK, LLC for their $120 donation.

A Benefactor that set up a reoccurring monthly check payment for $100.

TIm Wilson who will be a co-Baron of QN Tower.

These donations added to the ones previously announced bring the Museum's Project 2020 fund to $31,025.78.

The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?
The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000 by May 31, 2020. This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.
Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $30,000 for “Project 2020”:
$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)
$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)
$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)
Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].
The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected] or calling at 301-834-7100.

Address

40 W Potomac St
Brunswick, MD
21716

General information

HOURS: Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm ADMISSION IS FREE but donations are gladly accepted.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(301) 834-7100

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500th visitor Joe Walker won a whistle at this awesome museum. The young lady to the right of the picture. Had some great railroad family history. This was well worth this railroaders trip to brunswik MD.
Since 1900, the hobos have gathered in Britt, Iowa to elect their new King and Queen. Bookworm Bonnie is the International Queen of the Hobos, (2013-14). Her lively presentation will include: • A description of the hobo life - including a historical perspective. • Secret hobo signs. • The significance of obo ames, with a special “Dubbing Ceremony” for anyone who wishes to earn a hobo name… • The difference between a Hobo, Bum, and Tramp… • Hobo art including: quilts, jewelry, embroidery and more… There will be a display of pictures, handouts, and time for Q & A. Joining Bookworm Bonnie will be her husband, “Cannonball” Paul”, America’s premier Railroad/Hobo Musician. He performs on vintage instruments favored by hobos: the banjolele and harmonica. The stories and songs reflect hobo culture, creed and code. This event is free and suitable for all ages. The American Hobo: A Misunderstood Historical Icon
Many thanks to the fine folks at the Brunswick Heritage Museum for hosting me this past Saturday afternoon!
Is the museum open this Sunday, Christmas Eve?
This turned up on my page. The fellow who posted it says he doesn't have the location. The background looks like it could be Brunswick, but other elements suggest somewhere else. Can anyone identify this?
Beginning this Friday. Don't miss it!