Downtown Oakland: A Look at Local History

Downtown Oakland is a great place to spend the day for a variety of reasons. All ages can find something to enjoy in the great small town.

There are three museums that are popular stops for history buffs. Each highlights unique aspects of Garrett County’s rich history. These family friendly venues are well-worth a stop when you’re out and about in downtown Oakland.

Please keep in mind, each one is staffed by volunteers. Hours may vary and it is recommended to call before planning a visit.

Downtown Oakland Museums

B&O Railroad Museum
This local landmark is a must-see when visiting Oakland! The museum is inside the train station that was built in 1884. It is a Queen Anne style building that was built with the help of county founder John Garrett. 

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It was built in conjunction with a resort hotel that was also owned by the B&O Railroad. The station welcomed visitors to the resort town. It played an important role in the economic development of the region.

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Lake Title: Taylor-Made’s New Sister Company

Lake Title, LLC is the newest addition to Taylor-Made’s full service Deep Creek Lake real estate division. Offering competitive rates, it is one more way that we are making transactions smoother for buyers and sellers.

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About Lake Title

With the closing of another local title company, we identified a void in marketplace. Our agents have numerous real estate transactions. In order to best serve clients, this was a natural next step in Taylor-Made’s “one-stop-shop” approach.

We are thrilled to have David R. Collins join the team as our attorney. He is licensed in Maryland and West Virginia. His background includes more than ten years in litigation, real estate, and appeals in West Virginia. Mr. Collins graduated from West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as Publications Editor for the West Virginia Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Collins worked for the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

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Work Here, Play Here: Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

Deep Creek Lake fall getaways give you the change to keep up with “real world” responsibilities and treat your family to a change of scenery.

fall hikes at deep creek lake

Working remotely? Virtual school for the kids? Experience the joys of mountain life at Deep Creek Lake. You can stay connected as much – or as little – as you like. Plus, there are lessons around every corner for the kids that make learning a little more fun. We know that homeschooling can be a challenge, and a new environment can help keep you kids engaged.

There are lots of reasons that fall is a favorite season here. Below we highlight some “must-see” spots. Be sure to confirm hours of operation with any of the locations mentioned.

Leaf Peepers Paradise

The vibrant colors of fall that decorate our mountainsides and surround the lake are some of the best in the country. You can take a relaxing scenic drive on quiet backroads. The Barn Quilt Trail is a favorite tour that you can take by car. It celebrates our farms, barns, & quilting culture in our beautiful Appalachian mountains.

While you are out and about, you can throw in some fun facts for the kids explaining why leaves change color.

autumn glory

Eight State Parks

When you need to stretch your legs and have some fun, look no further than our eight state parks. You can explore the outdoors and cover lots of bases for learning.

Miles of hiking trails lead you through pristine forests. that put science lessons at your fingertips. Rivers and lakes are ideal for fishing and they are filled with a wide range of species. The kids can enjoy “hands on” learning about the local environment.

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