Heritage Days 2021



Expanded September Heritage Days Schedule Set, Applications Now Open

CUMBERLAND MD – Organized by the Allegany County Historical Society (ACHS), a new alliance of local heritage organizations has set an expanded four-day schedule of events for Cumberland’s long-running Heritage Days celebration in September that will include the Allegany Museum’s Whiskey Rebellion Reception and a new Wills Creek Muster reenactment event.

Fort Cumberland-based programming is planned for September 9-12. Fort Ashby Days will be held October 2-3 featuring another colonial reenactor encampment.  The boards of three local groups, Allegany Museum, the Allegany County Historical Society, and the Friends of Ashby’s Fort have coordinated these dates and will co-promote the area’s colonial history.

The new schedule of activities will begin with a kick-off dinner at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 9th at Washington Street Headquarters of the Women’s Civic Club.  The ticketed dinner will be hosted as a fund raiser by the Women’s Civic Club.

On Friday evening, September 10th, from 6 to 10 PM, the popular Whiskey Rebellion event returns to the Allegany Museum, featuring tastings from regional small batch whisky makers. Themed around George Washington’s return to Cumberland is 1794, this ticketed event will also host historical reenactors in town to participate in the new Wills Creek Muster component of Heritage Days.

The 52nd Edition of Cumberland’s Heritage Days will be staged on Washington Street and in Downtown Cumberland on Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12.  Hours of operation will be 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

With premier East Coast reenactors committed to portray George Washington and other familiar American Colonial and Revolutionary personages, the new Wills Creek Muster will feature reenactors, demonstrators and sutlers from the period between 1750 and 1790. In addition to their encampment, four Wills Creek Muster activities are planned in association with Heritage Days.

  • Military March Walkabouts through Prospect Square
  • President Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion review of militia units
  • Free Saturday period-style meal for muster participant, compliments of the host committee
  • Sunday 18th Century in-kit service at 9 AM in historic Emmanuel Church

A grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is supporting creation of the Wills Creek Muster and a City of Cumberland Hotel Motel Tax grant supports Heritage Days promotion.  The Friends of Ashby’s Fort in nearby West Virginia assisted in the planning and have coordinated a new October 2-3 date for Fort Ashby Days and their traditional Fall encampment

Groups represented on the expanded Heritage Days Committee include the Allegany County Historical Society acting as the umbrella event non-profit sponsor, Allegany Museum, Allegany County Library System, Woman’s Civic Club of Cumberland, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Downtown Cumberland Business Association, City of Cumberland and the Downtown Development Commission.


General event Information and Wills Creek Muster participation applications: Click here for regulationsClick here for registration.

General event information and Heritage Days vendor applications: heritagedaysfestival.com/applications

Ticket information for the Whiskey Rebellion reception: whiskeyrebellioncumberland.com

General event information about Fort Ashby Days: fortashby.org