Canal Town, River Town, Railroad Town

Welcome to Historic Downtown Brunswick

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Brochures also available at the Brunswick Heritage Museum

A small community known for its railroad history and its location on the Potomac River and C & O Canal, Brunswick is situated on a major MARC train station where every day thousands of residents travel between here and Washington, DC. It’s a small town with a big heart and a proud history. Dedicated to the success of its downtown, Brunswick Main Street, created in 2004, works hard to revitalize the charm and history and show residents and visitors why Downtown Brunswick is a great place to live, work, shop and play.

About Brunswick Main Street

Under the Main Street Maryland umbrella, we are a non-profit organization with the mission of revitalizing downtown Brunswick as an attractive and lively city center. Brunswick Main Street has a volunteer board of directors comprised of residents, business owners, and community leaders.The City of Brunswick’s Economic Development Coordinator assists with administration and management of the program. Volunteers interested in revitalizing historic Brunswick carry out programs and activities.Brunswick Main Street focuses on preserving our historic character and enhancing the image of downtown. We focus on four areas: promotions, economic vitality, design and organization to achieve our goals.

Visit Brunswick, Maryland and enjoy our natural amenities, our history, and our recreational opportunities.

Coming Soon…the Potomac Street Mile Race in downtown Brunswick, August 27, 2016

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Brunswick River Mural Video by Dee Dolan


Be sure to visit….

National Park Service C&O Canal Visitor Centerexhibit2-in-Brunswick-VC

40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21716 (301-834-7100).

The canal visitor center/railroad museum is open Thursday 10:00-2:00 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 Heritage 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.

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C&O Canal National Historic Park Mobile App

Your phone provides a fun way to learn more about the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National

Historical Park. You can listen to a park ranger give a short  narration on various aspects of the Canal from stories about Canal life to the history of the places along the Canal. When visiting the C&O Canal you can listen to these narrations along any of the trails and at the visitor center.

Dial 301-501-5128, and enter the stop number. There is no additional charge to listen to these narratives. Learn about Brunswick’s early history at stop number 5502. You can listen from home, too.

Be sure to watch this short video to learn more about the Brunswick Heritage Museum located in Historic Downtown BrunswickDestination: Brunswick Heritage Museum

The 5th in the series of Main Street Stained Glass Ornaments is now available for purchase at Head Quarters Barber and Styling Salon and Brunswick Hardware. The design is based on a photo provided by James Castle from the collection of the Brunswick Heritage Museum.


Main Street Committee Meetings

The Promotions Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at  at 7 PM. The meetings are held at the Main Street office located at 8 N. Maple Ave.

The Organization Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM at the Main Street office.

The Economic Vitality Committee meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm at the Main Street office.

The Design Committee meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5pm at the Main Street office.

If you are interested in learning more about Brunswick Main Street’s work, stop by and join in any of the meetings! Email for details or if you have questions.  While meetings are held regularly on the dates above, occasionally a meeting has to be rescheduled. If you plan to attend any meeting, please call Terri Householder at 301-834-7500 ext.204 to confirm.