Allegany Museum has been awarded $240,000 from the Transportation Enrichment Program of the Maryland Department of Transportation to assist development of a new permanent exhibition: ‘Crossroads of America’.
This major exhibition will occupy most of the first floor of the Museum building at the corner of Mechanic and Pershing St. It will provide a sensory as well as visual story of human movement in the area, by road, water, and rail.
The exhibition will center on the National Road and its evolution from Nemacolin’s Trail, the ancient Native American trail that crossed the barrier of the Allegheny Mountains via the Cumberland Narrows Mountain pass. Visitors will be able to walk along a reconstructed ‘road’ that will display vehicles such as an authentic Conestoga wagon, and a Model T Ford. Each portion of the road will be constructed in accordance to conditions at the time. Visitors will also be able to participate in interactive exhibits.
The first floor is currently divided into offices, most of which are now empty. The renovation will begin in the next few weeks, and reveal the domed ceiling, marble floors, and other features of the beautiful 1920’s building. Once that is complete, the exhibition will be constructed.
<Images: Planned entrance to the exhibition; National Road in the exhibition >