Welcome to Historic Downtown Brunswick
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.
Smoketown Brewing Station Is Now Open!
223 West Potomac Street in downtown Brunswick was once the home of the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Station, but now houses Frederick County’s newest craft brewery, Smoketown Brewing Station. The 16,000 foot building, situated along the C & O Canal and the Potomac River was built in 1948. Iconic entertainers such as Patsy Cline, Guy Lombardo, and Jimmy Dean would often perform on the second floor stage area to a
In late 2014, David Blackmon of Rosemont, Maryland, purchased the building and
parking lot across the street. He originally intended the site to be a salvage center, but
his love for craft beer inspired him to shift gears into the craft brewing business. With
the help of Architect, Alan Miner, of Miner and Feinstein Architects, plans quickly
evolved to turn the former truck bays of the fire station into a 7barrel brewhouse and
The 90 occupancy tasting room with industrial motif will give customers a full view of the
brewhouse, as well as, a laid back community gathering place. With the C & O Canal
towpath and access to the Potomac River just steps from the brewery, it will also serve
as a hotspot for those who have traveled to take advantage of the abundant outdoor
activities offered in the area.
Smoketown Brewing Station offers 4-6 signature beers, with names based on the incredible history of Brunswick, the Potomac River and the surrounding area. Customers are able to enjoy their handcrafted beers in the tasting room or take them home in growlers filled to go. Food trucks will be visiting with a variety of offerings.
Phase two of the brewery will take advantage of the 8,000 square feet on the second
level, which will be utilized as an event space for concerts, weddings, as well as,
community and corporate events. The planning and renovation of the event space will begin later this year.
Smoketown Brewing Station will be the first brewery for the City of Brunswick and is
marked as the furthest west for Frederick County.
Starting Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick has received the support of Frederick
County Executive, Jan Gardner and Congressman John Delaney, (MD6). Their staff has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground. The City of Brunswick has also shown their support and enthusiasm for the brewery. Many in town perceive Smoketown Brewing Station as the catalyst to the revitalization goals set forth by the Council and Main Street. – Kathy Martin, Business Manager for Smoketown Brewery
Brunswick River Mural Video by Dee Dolan
Be sure to visit….
National Park Service C&O Canal Visitor Center
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.
Visit www.nps.gov for more information.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.