Fort Alice: The Civil War Comes to Garrett County

Fort Alice is one of the many historic sites that you can visit in Garrett County. It is located in Oakland, the county seat. If you are planning to visit the museums in Oakland, this is a great addition to your itinerary.

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The History of Fort Alice

On Sunday, April 2, 1863 the Civil War came to Garrett County.  The crack of a Union sentry’s warning shot pierced the quiet of an otherwise tranquil Oakland Sunday.   They had the good manners to wait until church services had ended.  Confederate soldiers invaded the town under the leadership of Colonel Asher Harman.  The raid took the town by complete surprise. Everyone from the citizens exiting church to the Union soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Alice were shocked by the site of the soldiers in gray.

As the citizens scurried in the streets, seeking the safety of their homes, the Confederate soldiers took food from hotels and stores for themselves and for their animals.  Some ate dinner at private homes, as the impeccable manners of the Rebel soldiers were hard to refuse.  Also, some townsfolk were even reimbursed for their hospitality with Confederate currency. Continue reading Fort Alice: The Civil War Comes to Garrett County

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake activities offer lots of great ways to enjoy the area with your pooch! I put together some of my favorites that you don’t want to miss when you are in the area.

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake

-All of our seven state parks are dog friendly. There are certain restrictions, and they are a little more strict during the busy summer season. So, be sure to check the appropriate park website for more details. During the off-season, you can take your pup for a hike on the Canyon Trail at Swallow Falls State Park. Pups can cool off with a swim at Deep Creek Lake State Park. They are allowed to swim from shoreline in all areas except the swimming beach, docks or fishing piers. Continue reading Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities

Deep Creek Lake Fall Festivals

Deep Creek Lake fall festivals fill this favorite season with fun family activities. Autumn festivities are one of the best things about life in Garrett County. The brilliant foliage inspires you to enjoy the outdoors while celebrating the season.

deep creek lake fall festivals

Deep Creek Lake Fall Festivals

Fall Fest

Fall Fest 2018 is Saturday, September 29. Deep Creek’s newest state park, Sang Run State Park, is the venue. Bring the kids for pumpkin harvesting and painting, cider pressing, hayrides, crafts and demonstrations! Best of all, this is a free event! Get More Info

Springs Folk Festival

Within a half hour from the Deep Creek Lake area, you will find the historic village of Springs, Pa. It takes place October 5 and 6 from 9AM-5PM.  It is a celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. Bread baking, weaving, basket making, old-time hayrides and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch foods are just a few of the highlights. Additionally, numerous artisans are on-hand displaying and selling their work. Get More Info Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Fall Festivals