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.
(91)

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.

04/20/2019

A great day today! Bus tour from Homewood, Monica Castle working the Visitors Center, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

We are happy to be giving a special tour of the museum to 20 folks. Did you know that you can request a private tour of ...
04/13/2019

We are happy to be giving a special tour of the museum to 20 folks. Did you know that you can request a private tour of the museum? We are a free museum but donations are always welcomed. Get a group together and have our Museum President explain our artifacts.

Again, an honor. Thanks and I have been blessed with a great Board of Directors and great volunteers.
04/01/2019

Again, an honor. Thanks and I have been blessed with a great Board of Directors and great volunteers.

CONGRATS to Brunswick's own James Castle for being recognized as one of Frederick County's Top 50 CEOs! Thank you, Jim, for all you've done for the community and the Brunswick Heritage Museum! @authorjamesrcastle @discoverfrederickmd

#downtownbrunswick #supportyourneighbor #top50CEOs #congratulations #brunswickheritagemuseum

Brunswick Heritage Museum Kicks Off 45th Year This SaturdayAfter months of volunteer work, the Brunswick Heritage Museum...
03/07/2019

Brunswick Heritage Museum Kicks Off 45th Year This Saturday

After months of volunteer work, the Brunswick Heritage Museum opens our doors for our 45th year this Saturday. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s parent corporation, the Brunswick Potomac Foundation.

Many volunteers helped during this Winter and much progress was made to the third floor. The model layout was cleaned and many enhancements were made. Progress to expand the layout to Harpers Ferry was made by the help of local Girl Scouts.

Enhancements were made to the second floor history exhibits including the geology display by Dan Roe. The Native American display was greatly enhanced by Don Peterson. The annual cleaning and organizing of the museum’s archive storage areas was completed.

The Museum store is fully stocked, the C&O Canal and Brunswick Visitor’s center was cleaned and Jim’s office was organized (If at least temporarily).

The Museum and Visitor Centers are open:
Thursday/Friday 10:00 - 2:00
Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
Sunday 1:00- 4:00

The Brunswick Heritage Museum is a free admission museum that fully relies on the generosity of the public in order to operate. We hope to see you soon!

James R. Castle
03/03/2019

James R. Castle

Women's History Month in Brunswick
Betty Lou Darr Ambrose

Betty Lou Darr was born in Brunswick in the year 1925. She was the Daughter of Luther Brunswick Darr, one of the first twins born in Brunswick, and Vivian Porter Darr.

Betty Lou showed much talent in dancing at an early age, later becoming a dance instructor in Brunswick, Frederick, Middletown, Harpers Ferry and Charlestown Betty taught three of Frederick County's dance teachers. Proceeds from her recitals supported her philanthropic passions.

Betty Lou was a positive advocate of Brunswick and of Brunswick History. She served on the Board of Directors of the Brunswick Potomac Foundation and the History Commission. She was a 1943 graduate of St. John's Catholic School at Frederick, and attended Georgetown University. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at Brunswick; Ladies Auxiliary of Steadman-Kennan Post 96 of the American Legion and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1582, both of Brunswick; Frederick VFW Auxiliary; and Frederick Elks Club.

Betty Lou was designated a Distinguished Brunswick Citizen in 1987.

Betty Lou passed on November 2, 2004.

Preservation Maryland
02/28/2019
Preservation Maryland

Preservation Maryland

On This Day: On February 28, 1827, Chapter 123 of the 1826 Session Laws of Maryland chartered the B&O Railroad as the first U.S. commercial railway! #preservemd #bando #otd

02/27/2019

Museum to open on Saturday, March 9th

We need one more week to prepare the museum for the public to enjoy. Until Saturday, March 9th, the upper floors of the museum are closed for maintenance. This includes the model trains and the history exhibits. The Museum Sotre and the Brunswick and C&O Canal Visitors Centers remain open during our regular hours. We look forward to big things in 2019 and hope you are a part of our big year!

James R. Castle
02/24/2019

James R. Castle

Black History Month in Brunswick
John Wesley Howard, Jr.

When designated as a Brunswick Distinguished Citizen in 1984, John Wesley Howard, Jr. , at age 71, was the oldest active member of the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company. At the time he was the company's only african american member.

Born in 1913, he was 31 when he joined the volunteer fire company. He often assisted the fire company but was not a member when he said to the Chief Sonny Cannon, "I run all of these fire calls, Why can't I be a member?" Sonny told him he could and requested he fill out the membership paperwork. Later in life, when pulling hoses became a chore, he was made a member of the Fire Police.

Howard spent 4 years in the U.S Army, serving in World War II. He worked for the B&O Railroad and also worked many side jobs in the construction trade, PEPCO, and at the local car dealerships. Downtime would find him fishing on the Potomac.

John Wesley Howard, Jr. died at the age of 84 on April 2, 1998. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Frederick.

James R. Castle
02/17/2019

James R. Castle

Black History Month in Brunswick
George Samuel "Sammy" Streams

George Samuel Streams was born on August 14, 1893 in the old School House in Knoxville (later known as Compher's Crossroads Inn). His father worked on the Hillary farm in Pertsville. His grandmother was a slave owned by Joseph Waltman, an early landowner that owned most of what is now Brunswick. The Streams' moved to I Street around 1902.

Sammy, as he was known within the community, worked for the B&O Railroad Company for 49 years. We worked at the transfer shed, storing freight in the storeroom. He was a foreman and later a clerk until retirement in 1960. Additionally, Sammy worked in town at Kaplon's Department Store and cooked at Press Orrison's lunchroom and often ran the business there. Mr. Streams served his country during World War One.

Sammy Streams helped to organize and build the Gospel Temple Apolistic Faith Church on J Street. Before building the church, services were held at the Stream home. Mr. Stream contributed $500 towards the building of the church and placed credit in his name to help see the church built. The church was dedicated in 1933 and Sammy was an assistant pastor there for many years.

Sam Streams was a binding force between the races and brought them together in a peaceful way. Sam was a leader for justice and civil rights for his community. He emphasized politics was a means of preserving human dignity and human rights. Sam was instrumental is securing street lights for his area of town and worked closely with Mayor Virts to complete the project. He worked with Mr. Mills (Superintendent) to get water service to his neighborhood. Streams and others hand dug ditches for the pipe to be installed. Mr. Streams, who left school in third grade to support his family, often told the local youth to get good grades and then command a good job.

George Samuel Streams was designated a Brunswick Distinguished Citizen in 1980. He died on April 8, 1982. He is recognized as a Brunswick leader who attained numerous civil rights achievements.

James R. Castle
02/10/2019

James R. Castle

Black History Month in Brunswick
Dr. William Henry Bell

William Henry Bell's life story is as interesting as any work of fiction. Bell was born in Abyssinia, Ethiopia, Africa around the year 1835. He was captured, enslaved, and sent to Virginia to work on a plantation there. He escaped the plantation and headed North where he fought for the Union Army from 1861 to 1865. He taught briefly at Quinn AME Church in Frederick City during the war.

After the war, Mr. Bell moved to Harpers Ferry, WV where he taught at Storer College. Bell later moved to Brunswick and lived on the old B&O farm until he built his own house near what is now 7th and E Street. While living in Brunswick, he taught at the Brookville School on Olive School Road.

William Henry Bell died on April 3, 1910 at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, DC. A detailed obituary in the Brunswick Herald proved William's respect within the community. "Mr. Bell was a man with great ability, being a teacher, printer, carpenter and an individual who could do almost anything he wanted to. Scores of young men have received inspiration from the excellent example set them by him are loud in their praise of him." His obituary goes on to say that "He loved right and had no place in his nature for wrong."

Dr. William Bell was designated a Brunswick distinguished citizen in 1989.

James R. Castle
02/04/2019

James R. Castle

Black History Month in Brunswick

Miss Mary Pauline Brooks (1869-1975)
Known as "Aunt Pauline", "Miss Pauline" and "Mrs. Brooks", Mary Pauline Brooks lived to be 106 years old, the eldest citizen in Frederick County at the time of her death. Until nearly the very last months of her life her memory was excellent and attended church regularly. She kept house for herself and her son, scrubbing floors and laundering clothes on a washboard.

Born in 1869 at Jefferson on what is now the Charles Smith Farm, then owned by Col. Thomas Johnson, she was the daughter of a former slave. She was named twice: Mary by her mother and Pauline by the Johnson family. When Mary was 10 years old her mother left the farm and and left her care with the Johnson family. She never saw her mother again. Married two times, Mary sewed by hand all the clothing for her family of 12 children. Mary left the farm at age 16 and performed domestic household work for families in New Market, Frederick and Berlin (later Brunswick). Many of today's older citizens remember "Miss Mary" working for the Horine family at the Horine Building in downtown Brunswick.

In 1967, Mrs. Brooks joined the new Brunswick Senior Citizen's club. She was 98 at the time. Her 102nd birthday was a major celebration, returning to the farmhouse in Jefferson with many, many, well wishers including U.S. Senator Mathias and a signed greeting from the President of the United States.
Mary Pauline Brooks died on Sunday, April 6,1975 as named a distinguished citizen of the Town of Brunswick in 1984.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum congratulates our Board President, James R. Castle for being recognized as one of Frederic...
01/29/2019
Top 50 Frederick: 2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum congratulates our Board President, James R. Castle for being recognized as one of Frederick County's Top 50 CEO's by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. Castle was one of 146 nominations and made the top 50 list for his work at the helm of the Brunswick Heritage Museum. Congratulations Jim!

You can read the full special supplement to Frederick Magazine here: https://issuu.com/diversionspub/docs/_top50_2019_booklet?fbclid=IwAR2rlG92_Mud6fj2K1N5ggeKzKyF0dJZAuXKs-Wq5nz2ubr4CEgVs7YelBk&utm_content=buffer0fd3d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development's guide to which CEOs use their leadership and expertise to contribute to Frederick County, Maryland's vibrant economy.

With a smile, remembering Russell Baker – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum
01/25/2019
With a smile, remembering Russell Baker – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

With a smile, remembering Russell Baker – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

With a smile, remembering Russell Baker January 25, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0   By Edward Spannaus   Jan. 24, 2019–­It was with sadness that we learned of the January 21 death of acclaimed columnist and humorist Russell Baker – but at the same time, it was impossible not to smile and chu...

01/13/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed today. Stay home, enjoy the snow, enjoy your Sunday, and stay safe.

01/10/2019

During the month of January and February the upper floors of the museum are closed for maintenance. This includes the model trains and the history exhibits. The Museum Sotre and the Brunswick and C&O Canal Visitors Centers remain open during our regular hours. We look forward to big things in 2019 and hope you are a part of our big year!

12/24/2018
Brunswick Heritage Museum

Family in town? Bring them down to the Museum. Our trains are running and we have free admission. We will be here until 2:00 pm!!

The Brunswick Heritage is please to announce our special holiday hours. The museum will be open:

Monday, December 24th 10-2
Tuesday, December 25th Closed
Wednesday,December 26th 10-2
Thursday, December 27th 10-2
Friday, December 28th 10-2
Saturday, December 29th 10-2
Sunday, December 30th 1-4
Monday, December 31st 10-2

Free Admission!

Month of January and February the Second and Third Floors are closed for maintenance.

12/23/2018

The Brunswick Heritage is please to announce our special holiday hours. The museum will be open:

Monday, December 24th 10-2
Tuesday, December 25th Closed
Wednesday,December 26th 10-2
Thursday, December 27th 10-2
Friday, December 28th 10-2
Saturday, December 29th 10-2
Sunday, December 30th 1-4
Monday, December 31st 10-2

Free Admission!

Month of January and February the Second and Third Floors are closed for maintenance.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum was saddened to learn of the death of Bernard Burch. Mr. Burch was employed by The B&O Rai...
12/10/2018

The Brunswick Heritage Museum was saddened to learn of the death of Bernard Burch. Mr. Burch was employed by The B&O Railroad as railroad policeman. The museum was honored to receive a donation of Mr. Burch's complete police uniform from the 1950's. The uniform was part of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, "The Way We Worked" and Bernard was in attendance to view his uniform on display. Museum President James Castle thanked Mr. Burch for his donation stating that the uniform will forever be a part of Brunswick's history, on display at the Brunswick Heritage Museum

Bernard B. Burch, 100, of Brunswick, MD, passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital on November 27, 2018. Born December 26, 1917 in Brunswick, MD to the late Ernest W. and Agnes Baker Burch, Mr. Burch was one of the original organizers of Brunswick Little League baseball and coached the Tigers. A 77 year member of Brunswick Masonic Lodge #191 and a Past Worshipful Master, Mr. Burch also was active for 43 years in the Brunswick Lions Club, was an avid pin trader, and received the Melvin Jones Fellow award. He loved baseball and was a member of First United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (Kidwell) Burch, who passed on March 17, 2007, his brothers; Ernest, Edgar and Raymond Burch, and a sister, Agnes Belas. He is survived by his daughter, Ernestine L. Wilson, and her husband, Rob, of Boonsboro, MD, his granddaughter, Misty Bitler, of Brunswick, MD, a great granddaughter, Jenilyn Powers, of Frederick, MD, and a sister, Frances Shumaker of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

11/28/2018

Thank you so much for supporting the Museum on Giving Tuesday. The Museum raised over $500 on this single day. We know you had an overwhelming choice of non profits to support. Stop in and see us soon and we thank you for your support.

Today is Giving Tuesday.The Brunswick Heritage Museum hopes you will consider donating to us today. For 44 years, the mu...
11/27/2018

Today is Giving Tuesday.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum hopes you will consider donating to us today. For 44 years, the museum has grown to be a special place to many people. Over 30 volunteers keep the museum operating with not one person receiving pay. In return, our volunteers are fulfilled by the smiles on children's faces when they see the model trains, families are reconnected with loved ones who made this city great, new residents are educated on the important role of this city along the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad, and visitors are introduced to one of the "jewels" of downtown Brunswick.

From November until March, the average heating bill for the Museum is over $1,000 per month. All funds received from "Giving Tuesday" will assist us in paying December's heating bill.

Please use our paypal link to donate :

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TSX7NXWAVCMAE&source=url

Checks can be sent to:
Brunswick Heritage Museum
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716

One last request. Facebook limits the amount of people who will see this request. Please share with your friends to assist us on this special day.

Thank You.

Board of Directors
Brunswick Potomac Foundation
501 (c) 3 Owners and operators of the Brunswick Heritage Museum

11/26/2018
Map Series Bradley Gottfried

it's Cyber Monday. The Brunswick Heritage Museum is updating our website but we wanted to share some of our Museum Store items with you today.

Maps of Gettysburg
$39.95

We ship!

The Museum is open
Thursdays and Fridays 10-2
Saturdays 10-4
Sundays 1-4
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick Md 21716
301-834-7100
[email protected]

11/26/2018
Names

It's Cyber Monday. The Brunswick Heritage Museum is updating our website but we wanted to share some of our Museum Store items with you today.

Names by Uniquely Julie
$9.95

Comment or message what name you want and we can ship!

The Museum is open
Thursdays and Fridays 10-2
Saturdays 10-4
Sundays 1-4
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick Md 21716
301-834-7100
[email protected]

Address

40 W Potomac St
Brunswick, MD
21716

General information

HOURS: Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm ADMISSION: Adults: $7.00 Children (4-12): $4.00 Children under 4: free A ten percent discount is offered to senior citizens, military with ID, AAA, NRHS members, and groups of 10 or more.

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(301) 834-7100

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Brunswick Heritage Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Brunswick Heritage Museum:

Videos

Nearby museums


Other Brunswick museums

Show All