Railroad Days in Brunswick celebrates train history


September 25, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Head west to find a variety of pleasures to perk up your weekend. The Railroad Days celebration in Brunswick is a reminder of the past, when Brunswick was a B&O Railroad town. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the Victorian Houses built by the railroad are still standing, along with a vintage passenger station and a 1910 roundhouse.

The event, now in its 11th year, is scheduled Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Railroad Square and along

Potomac Street. Trains are the main attraction, with train rides, a large model-train show, railroad art, train displays -- including a working model of the Tom Thumb engine -- and tours of the Brunswick Railroad Museum. The museum has one of the largest model-train layouts in the East.

Round-trip excursions will take passengers from Brunswick to Martinsburg, W. Va., along the river, through a mountain tunnel and across an old truss bridge. Three trips are offered each day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The fare is $7 for adults; $5 for senior citizens; $4 for children under 12; free for children under 4 who do not take up a seat.

Free musical entertainment ranging from country to rock will be heard all weekend from the outdoor stage in Railroad Square. Other attractions include a Civil War encampment, pony rides, apple-butter making, clowns, a petting zoo, a magician and old-fashioned games. Canoe and kayak rides will be available on the Potomac, and bicycles can be rented for a ride along the C&O Canal towpath. There is an admission charge for the museum and the model-train show. Free shuttle service will operate between sites. Brunswick is 15 miles southwest of Frederick off U.S. 340. For information, call (301) 834-7100.

Festival in Frederick

The Fall Festival at Rose Hill Manor Park in Frederick Saturday and next Sunday is the museum's largest event of the year. It is a combined effort of Rose Hill Manor Museum and the Frederick County Farm Museum.

Visitors will see many farm animals and a variety of traditional farm activities, such as threshing, sawmilling and soap making. The property's outbuildings will all be open and in use. A blacksmith will be working, and there will be a craft demonstration in the old log cabin. Country butchering will be featured on Saturday; a horse-pulling contest and fife and drum corps are Sunday's attractions. There will also be a variety of children's activities, including old-fashioned games, scarecrow making and a roving magician.

The manor house will be open, with a reduced admission fee that includes a visit to the carriage museum. All other activities are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Rose Hill is at 1611 N. Market St. Call (301) 694-1648.

In the Street

While in Frederick Saturday, stop at the 11th annual In the Street festival. It's a full day of fun for the whole family with music, crafts, contests, children's activities and food.

Activities span the nine city blocks of Market Street, and each block has its own theme geared to different interests and age groups. Two blocks feature children's activities and one block is devoted to crafts. Another celebrates Frederick, calling attention the city's 250th birthday next year.

The day begins with a parade down Market Street at 10:30 a.m. Other activities get under way at noon. This year the festival has expanded into the creek area, where you find "Carnival on the Creek," featuring rides for young children, a food court, paddle-boat and kayak rides and a rappelling demonstration by the Advanced Technical Rescue Team. There will also be in-line hockey demonstrations, a petting zoo, a treasure hunt, food and six stages of entertainment with everything from reggae to country-western music. Admission is free.

The event concludes at 6 p.m., but for adults the fun will continue on top of the Carroll Creek Parking Deck where a local band will play music for dancing. Refreshments will be served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Call (800) 999-3613 or (301) 663-8687.

Historical blessing

Relive history at St. Clement's Island State Park, at the 27th Historical Pageant and Blessing of the Fleet Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A re-enactment of the landing of Maryland's first Colonist will be held both days, and at 12:30 p.m. Saturday you can see the celebration of the original Catholic Mass. An Episcopal service will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can take free boat rides to the island from Colton's Point. Festivities include continuous entertainment, carnival rides, games, bands, arts and crafts and Southern Maryland food.

The event is sponsored by the 7th District Optimist Club. A $3 donation is requested; free for under 18. Call (301) 769-2222.

Country houses

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.