Casselman River Bridge Bicentennial
Garrett County’s National Historic Landmark
Grantsville, MD September 20-22, 2013:
The Casselman Bridge Bicentennial is a three-day commemorative event collaboratively planned and presented by the Maryland Park Service, the Town of Grantsville, Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, and the Maryland National Road Association. The event will feature a variety of programs and activities at Casselman River Bridge State Park and throughout the Town of Grantsville. Located along the original route of the National Road, the Casselman Bridge is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a technological wonder of its time; it was the largest single-span bridge in America with its great stone arch. The arch spans nearly 354 feet across the Casselman River with stones laid in a random-coursed ashlar pattern. The area surrounding the bridge has been designated as Casselman River Bridge State Park with picnic tables and planned trails in the areas adjacent to the bridge.
Friday: A kick-off dinner and guest speaker, Dr. Neal Brooks, at Penn Alps. Click here to register for the dinner.
Saturday: BRUNCH IS SOLD OUT! Brunch and guest speaker at the Casselman Inn, a living history parade from the Casselman Inn to Casselman River Bridge State Park, a series of living history presentations, a Plein Air event sponsored by Spruce Forest Artisan Village, children’s activities, a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, and musical entertainment. Free shuttle services will be provided from the Grantsville Town Park to the Casselman Bridge and other activity areas.
Sunday: Plein Air award ceremony, Museums will feature special exhibits and have extended hours, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, musical enterainment.
Currently undergoing repairs, the bridge will be reopen for foot traffic and the dedication of new interpretive panels and completion of walking trails will be completed in time for the September 20-22 event. The celebration will include various speakers and guest appearances, musical performances, historical displays and re-enactors, wagon rides, children activities, food, souvenirs and much, much more. Come help us celebrate this amazing national treasure!
Click for a printable brochure!