Maryland’s First Heritage Area

In 1993, Maryland created the state’s first Heritage Area- Canal Place, and established the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority to oversee the preservation, development, and management of the Canal Place Preservation District, a designated heritage area in Cumberland around the western end of the C&O Canal.

In 2018 the Heritage Area was expanded to include historically significant districts within the cities of Cumberland and Frostburg. The enlarged Heritage Area has been appropriately renamed The Passages of the Western Potomac Heritage Area and includes sites that tell a fascinating story of early America, from the mid-1700’s through to today.

An aerial view of a city with a bridge and a park.

Heritage Area Staff

Deidra Ritchie

Executive Director

Kimberly Folk

Marketing and Media Director

Nicole Gray

Executive Assistant/Financial Manager

Crystal Lloyd

Administrative Aide

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