Historic Sites

The Town of Hancock is living history. The photo to the right is Main Street in 1906, and you will recognize many of these buildings today. Hancock was built astride the Old National Pike, and it was one of the principal stopping off places for stagecoaches and Conestoga wagons headed west. Renovation of one of the National Pike Toll House stations is due in 2002. The C&O Canal reached Hancock in 1839, and the Western Maryland Railroad arrived in 1904. The remains of the Roundtop Cement Company, which began operation in 1837, can still be viewed along the C&O Canal and Western Maryland Rail Trail. And there's so much more, so please don't forget to visit our Town History.

Our Historic Sites

Hancock Museum
It's located at the Town Hall on High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
It's also the home for the Hancock Historical Society.

C&O Canal Visitors Center
located on East Main Street and operated by the National Park Service.

Western Maryland Railroad
If you are a railroad history buff, this is a great site full western Maryland Railroad history.

Sideling Hill Exhibit Center
For a history and geology lesson that is just 5 miles from Hancock

Berkeley Springs
Visit our friends in Berkeley Springs where George Washington not only slept there, but frequently bathed there (they still have his "tub" at the Berkeley Springs State Park), just 8 miles from Hancock.

Fort Frederick
Head east from Hancock only 14 miles and visit a stone fort that was restored to it's 1758 appearance. It's the site of Maryland's frontier defense during the French and Indian War (1754-1763).

Paw Paw Tunnel
Just 31 miles from Hancock, there is the amazing paw paw tunnel that was built through a mountain to handle the C&O Canal. You can still walk through the 3,118 foot long tunnel, but we suggest that you not forget to bring a flashlight.

Antietam Battlefield
And while the immediate Hancock area is rich in Civil War history, we always recommend that you try to visit this battlefield. It's only an hour's drive away.

This only scratches the surface concerning the historic sites in our area. So again, please start your visit at the Hancock Museum or the C&O Canal Visitors Center for a wealth of information about other historic sites in the area that you can explore.