Michael Cresap House and Museum

Oldtown, Maryland

Built in 1764, this is the home of Michael Cresap. Famous as longrifleman and revolutionary war soldier, Cresap's men were the first southern militia to meet George Washington's call to arms. Michael Cresap's father, Thomas, founded Oldtown in 1741. During the French and Indian War, the elder Cresap would gather settlers into his home and stockade along the Potomac. Old Town was the only worthwhile defense against the French & Indians that Maryland had and was the opening wedge into the west. The original fieldstone structure has most of the original features still in place, including the bars on the jail in the basement and the attic where supplies were kept and soldiers slept. Artifiacts, coins, furniture, toys, arrowheads, and farm tools are on display. The original location of the spring and house was built over. Pages of George Washington's journal describe many visits to Old Town, including his first trip there as a 16 year old apprentice surveyor.

Oldtown, Maryland
Museum (301) 478-5848; Group tours and appts. (301) 478-5748

Hours of Operation

Open the third week of June for The Old Town Summer Fest. Open primarily in May, June, and July. Closed during winter months.

Michael Cresap House and Museum
Allegany County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visitor Experiences

Group Tours