Welcome to Oakland, the County seat for Garrett County, Maryland. With a population of nearly 2,000 persons, here you will find local and state government offices, major banking institutions and health care facilities, including Garrett County Memorial Hospital. There is a nice blend of retail businesses and services including antiques, high quality men and women’s clothing, locally owned full service pharmacies and even an old-fashioned soda fountain. There you can order a milk shake made the old fashioned way!
Oakland, Maryland is also the home to a restored 1884 train station, the new Transportation Museum and the County’s Historical Society Museum. The Museum, which is open to limited hours, also offers many genealogical services. The Oakland B&O Museum is now open for special events and on Sundays from 10am-3pm. The Oakland B&O Museum Committee is still working to transform the Train Station into a B&O Museum. Donations are graciously accepted for the project.
Oakland is proud of its walking/biking paths. You are invited to take a nice relaxing stroll or bike ride along four miles of beautiful scenic trails, that will take you by Washington Spring where it is said George Washington once drank the spring's water. Plans are in the works for extending this walking/biking path from the Glades Town Park to the historic Fort Alice site, where a historic reinactment is planned for April 25-28, 2013.
If you enjoy looking for that valuable antique you should browse our four Antique stores all located within one block of each other. And the food is great. Each of our little restaurants have a reputation of keeping the customers happy, and coming back for more.
Oakland is a state and nationally recognized Main Street Community. There are active committees who are working very diligently to make Oakland an even "GREATER" small town. The Town is proud to have such an active business association, known as GOBA, the Greater Oakland Business Association, working together with the Main Street Committees to promote the Oakland area.
GOBA/Main Street is coordinates the annual concert line-up for the "Little Yough Summer Concert Series". These free concerts are held weekly during the summer beginning the first Friday in July and continuing through Labor Day. In addition the weekly Thursday night free pocket park movies in downtown Oakland as well as the annual Wonderful Wednesday promotion.
They also coordinate winter activities including "A Great Small Town Christmas". It is fun for the entire family with a parade, georgeous Christmas decorations, singing, store specials, a bonfire, tree lighting ceremony and much more! Lastly, GOBA sponsors "Winterfest" which is always held President's Day weekend in February. There will be ice carving demonstrations by Master Ice Carver Bill Sandusky, illuminated ice sculptures, an ice bowling alley and slide, snowmobile races, wine tastings, a kick-off reception at Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and a Progressive Dinner.
Make plans now to attend the annual Autumn Glory Festival. Next year's festival is slated for October 9-13, 2013 and the following year it will be October 8-12, 2014. Hope to see you in Our Great Small Town! There are a variety of events to enjoy and take part in. The beauty of Autumn in Garrett County is most breath-taking.
The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland invite you to come for a visit and stay for as long as you can...then come back as often as you can. You will find that Oakland is truly a Great Small Town!
THE TOWN OF OAKLAND
The Honorable Margaret "Peggy" J. Jamison
President of the Council:
The Honorable Jack Riley
Harvey Jerome Moyer
Mrs. Gwen M. Evans
Director of Administration &
Ms. Tracy Harvey
Mr. Michael A. Llewellyn
Chief of Police:
Chief Randy Wright
Director of Public Utilities & Water Superintendent:
Mr. Randall L. Sharpless
Waste Water Superintendant:
Mr, Jerome Moats
Director of General Services:
Mr. Bill Ashby