Gordon-Roberts House, Cumberland

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The three story red-brick home was built in 1867 for Congressman & C & O Canal president Josiah H. Gordon. Elizabeth (Humbird) Roberts later purchased the mansion for her husband and family, who would go on to live at 218 Washington St and thereabouts for years.

In 1954, the mansion was sold by a Roberts relation to The Allegany County Historical Society to be used in the "preservation of local history." Over the years the house was called The Roberts-Millholland House and then became known as "History House". Eventually the mansion was renamed The Gordon-Roberts House for the respective families who resided within and today operates as an historic house museum where guests of all ages experience what living in the late 1800's in The Queen City was like.

In addition, the museum is a perfect spot for weddings, showers and private celebrations. The Gordon-Roberts House remains the headquarters of The Allegany County Historical Society, today a non-profit organization working to promote history and education through special programs, unique trunk shows and field trips tailored to students and educators needs.

The ACHS enjoys working relationships with public, private and homeschool groups in Allegany, Bedford and Mineral County. The house that was once known as History House has become just that- the house where history lives. Stop by and see!

*Occasionally, the Gordon-Roberts House holds private events during which the museum is closed the public.

Please contact the museum at 301-777-8678 to confirm current operating hours.
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  • While looking for something to do on the weekend, I drove over to Cumberland and took a tour of the Gordon-Roberts House. The tour was about 40 minutes long and covered the first and second floors...  more »
  • On a street of interesting old homes, the Gordon-Roberts House stands out and is well worth a tour. The architecture and furnishings are lovely, and the guide was entertaining and very informative...  more »
  • A highly recommended place for any historian who happens to be in the area and curious
  • I have been here twice now and truly enjoy the tour every time. The volunteers are very knowledgeable of the history of the house and also know a great deal about Cumberland during those historic times. The house is in excellent condition and always so pretty. We have been there in the summer and also at Christmas and I would have to say that the house is so beautiful when it is decorated for Christmas. It is always so interesting to hear how Cumberland was the "Queen City" and that it was the second largest city in Maryland, only smaller to Baltimore. I am a huge history buff and always want to know more about the house and always have questions and they are always answered by the volunteers. I would highly recommend going at least once when you will have time to truly look at everything possible. Not really sure what it would take to give a 5-star rating but is excellent.

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