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.
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 restructuring, design and organization to achieve our goals.
Brunswick History and Ghost Tour
For the first time ever, a Brunswick History and Ghost Tour will be offered on October 25th. There will be 3 time slots, 6:00, 7:30 and 9:00 pm. and the tour is lead by James R. Castle. The cost is $10.00 per adult and $6.00 per person younger than 16 years old. All tickets must be pre-paid. Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The walk is about 1 mile long and starts at the Brunswick Heritage Museum. Travel along West Potomac Street, up Delaware Avenue, along Brunswick Street, down North Dayton, along West Potomac Street, down South Maryland Avenue, along Railroad Square, up South Maple, along East Potomac Street, along West Potomac Street, and ends at the Heritage Museum. Learn about Brunswick’s oldest structures, the Berlin Cemetery, Old Berlin, The B&O Railroad, the Civil War, the business district, and some ghost stories of Brunswick. All proceeds benefit the Brunswick Heritage Museum! Space is limited so email Brunswickheritagetours@gmail.com to reserve your space.
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 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.
Brunswick Farmers Market
The market is now closed for the season
Located next to the Train Station in Downtown Brunswick
Open Saturdays from 8am-12pm
Produce, Meats, Baked Goods Fresh Eggs, and more!
While shopping at the market be sure to stop in our downtown shops and restaurants!
Be sure to watch this short video to learn more about the Brunswick Heritage Museum located in Historic Downtown Brunswick
Brunswick Main Street applied for and was awarded another $50,000 Facade Grant by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development on March 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Md ! Bob McGrory, City Administrator, accepted the award on behalf of Brunswick Main Street.
This recent award brings the total up to $300,000 that Main Street has received over the past 8 years for facade improvements in the downtown Main Street area.The grant is a 50/50 matching grant and property owners must meet their half of the financial obligation.
The award will be released later this year and applications will be sent to downtown Main Street property owners.
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 Restructuring 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.