In 1787, the Maryland General Assembly made the wise move of establishing the town of Cumberland through an act passed during that legislative session. Of course, that act simply provided the stamp of officialdom to a community that had been in existence, in one form or another, for thousands of years.
For generations an American Indian village, then a western outpost of roughshod cabins established by European Americans, Cumberland eventually became a stop for many in the push west. In this role, the city grew into a transportation hub, first as the starting point of the first National Road - now known as Route 40, or National Highway - and then as home to numerous railroads and the western terminus of the famous C&O Canal.
Cumberland experienced the same fate as many American cities in the latter quarter of the 20th century; many industries closed their doors, battering the local populace. But the natives here are resilient if nothing else, so Cumberland looked around and noticed that a lot of people traditionally traveled here for our rich history. Small firms began to crop up focusing on the tourism trade, and Cumberland was off and running into its next era.
The economy continued to perk up as a number of technological firms moved to the area. The future looks brighter now than it has in years, essentially because we have something here most people want - a quality of life hard to come by today.
So come along, and we'll show you our town, a beautiful little city nestled among the Appalachian Mountains, home to those who seek tranquility, peace, and friendly neighbors.