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.

11/04/2019

The season for our History and Ghost Walks has come to a close. We appreciate your support. This year, we raised over $1,000 from the tours.

10/18/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed on Saturday, October 19th. The Brunswick History and Ghost Walk and Investigation will be held as planned.

The Museum needs volunteers on weekends to operate. If you are willing to assist in the Museum Store or on the Third Floor Model Layout, please contact us at [email protected].

Walkersville Southern Railroad and Museum
10/13/2019

Walkersville Southern Railroad and Museum

SAVE THE DATE! (maybe even take a long lunch) and learn more about “How the railroad influenced our town” by our friends from the Walkersville Historical Society. Even better...this event takes place at the FCPL Walkersville Branch on TUESDAY, October 15th at 11:30am.

10/12/2019

Tonight we welcome the Maryland Area Paranormal Society for a private paranormal investigation.

We appreciate and love our volunteers.
10/10/2019

We appreciate and love our volunteers.

One of our Frederick County Hometown Business Heroes is the Brunswick Heritage Museum for keeping the history and spirit of this railroad town alive. The museum is giving a shout-out to all of their incredible volunteers. #BAW2019

10/08/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum would like to thank everyone for their support during Brunswick Railroad Days. The museum logged in 1,904 visitors during the event.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be open during Railroad Days. Our Museum Store is full stocked and the trains will be...
10/03/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be open during Railroad Days. Our Museum Store is full stocked and the trains will be running on the third floor. Please make a point of visiting us Saturday or Sunday from 10-4. As always, admission to the Museum is FREE and donations are always welcomed.

10/03/2019

In preparation for Brunswick Railroad Days this weekend, the third floor model railroad will be closed on Friday. We hope to see you this weekend during Brunswick Railroad Days.

B&O Railroad Museum
08/13/2019

B&O Railroad Museum

Tools of the Trade — Section gangs were groups of laborers, primarily comprised of immigrants and African Americans, who worked to build and maintain track. This Labor Day weekend, visit the B&O for a track-laying demonstration and more to help us celebrate these workers and the industry they built from ground up using tools just like these. http://www.borail.org/laborday.aspx

We had 4 special visitors yesterday at the museum. While their English was limited, our museum President, James Castle c...
08/04/2019

We had 4 special visitors yesterday at the museum. While their English was limited, our museum President, James Castle could make out the word “Braunschweig” which is Brunswick, Germany. These folks are from the City in Germany which our City was named after being changed from Berlin in 1890. They enjoyed their museum visit very much.

Please vote again for the museum. You can vote daily.
08/01/2019
Check out Brunswick Heritage Museum.

Please vote again for the museum. You can vote daily.

Time to vote for your favorites in almost 200 categories in the FNP's Best of the Best Contest through Wednesday, Aug. 7.

07/27/2019

Tonight, the Brunswick Heritage Museum welcomes the Ghost Guild all the way from North Carolina.

Please take a moment and nominate our museum!
07/16/2019
Check out Brunswick Heritage Museum.

Please take a moment and nominate our museum!

Nominate your favorite business or businessperson now in The Frederick News-Post's readership contest.

Please nominate the Brunswick Heritage Museum!!!!
07/16/2019
Check out Brunswick Heritage Museum.

Please nominate the Brunswick Heritage Museum!!!!

Nominate your favorite business or businessperson now in The Frederick News-Post's readership contest.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed on July 4th. We will reopen on July 5th. Be safe and enjoy Independence  Da...
07/04/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed on July 4th. We will reopen on July 5th. Be safe and enjoy Independence Day!

06/28/2019
The Ghost PIT

If you have ever wondered what happens during a paranormal investigation at the museum, here is an example. The next investigation is on July 20th. Tickets are $15 and the event will sell out. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

This was an awesome section of the K2/SLS session in which James placed a K2 meter on the arm of the chair and Claire was using the SLS. When the K2 meter was spiking the figure was mapped out and when the figure went away the K2 dropped. It did this several times.

If you have ever wondered what happens during one of the paranormal investigations at the Museum, here is a glimpse. Our...
06/26/2019

If you have ever wondered what happens during one of the paranormal investigations at the Museum, here is a glimpse. Our next event is July 20th. Email [email protected] to reserve your space.

Last night as we were getting started at the museum, James was explaining a few things for everyone to remember and this, James's last name, came up.

If you have ever wondered what happens during one of the paranormal investigations at the Museum, here is a glimpse.  Ou...
06/26/2019

If you have ever wondered what happens during one of the paranormal investigations at the Museum, here is a glimpse. Our next event is July 20th. Email [email protected] to reserve your space.

Last night as we were getting started at the museum, James was explaining a few things for everyone to remember and this, James's last name, came up.

06/04/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum was please to host the Washington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society Bus Tour. A great group enjoyed the museum. Saturday saw over 75 visitors to the museum.

05/20/2019

We think of Carl Butler everyday as we see his painting on the second floor.

05/12/2019

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed today to allow our volunteers to enjoy Mother's Day. We hope you have a great day and we will see you next week!

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...

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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.

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