Brunswick Visitor Center
40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21716 (301-834-7100).
The canal visitor center/railroad museum is open Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00, and Sunday 1:00-4:00. Hours change seasonally. Please call ahead for hours of operation.
The Brunswick Visitor Center shares the building with the Brunswick Railroad Museum. For over a century Brunswick has been a railroad town. In 1890 the B&O Railroad moved its yard here from Martinsburg. The railroad yard was a "classification yard," it was used for switching cars to different lines. The Brunswick yard was the longest yard owned by a single company, it was seven miles long. This once bustling company town is now a quiet place since the decline of the railroads. The remains of the rail yard are still visible from the canal towpath.
From the East: Take I-270 north to 70 west toward Hagerstown. Merge onto US-340 west via exit 52 toward Charlestown/Leesburg. Take the MD-17/Burkettsville Road exit toward Brunswick. Turn left onto MD-17/Burkettsville Road and pass through one roundabout. Turn right onto MD-17/MD-79/Petersville Road. At B Street, turn left. Take B Street to North Maryland Avenue and turn right. Turn left onto West Potomac Street and follow to visitor center.
From the West: Take I-70 east via exit 82 B toward Hagerstown. Merge onto US-340 west via exit 52 A toward Charlestown. Take the MD-17 south exit toward Brunswick. Turn left onto MD-17/Burkittsville Road. Pass through one roundabout. Turn right onto MD-17/MD-79/Petersville Road. Turn left onto West B Street. Turn right onto North Maryland Avenue. Turn left onto West Potomac Street to visitor center.
Did You Know?
Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe. More...