Former Deep Creek Lake Visitors Center to Find Home Near Casselman Bridge

Last Updated on Mar 2, 2018 at 9:50am | Tourism & Recreation

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Staff Reporter: Brenda Ruggiero. Photo Credit: Emily Newman-Edwards.
An icon of Deep Creek Lake from a bygone era will soon have a new life.
The former Deep Creek Visitors Center, which at one time was located along U.S. 219 beside Johnny’s Bait House (which closed in 2003), has been reclaimed by Mike Dreisbach and Jan Russell, along with Paul Edwards, director of secondary education for Garrett County. It will be used as the National Road Visitors Center and will be placed near the Casselman Bridge.
“When this building became available, I knew we had to find a home for it on the Little Crossings property,” Dreisbach said. “Grantsville, and Garrett County as a whole, have a rich history, and the visitors center will help preserve and educate on one of our crowning jewels, the National Road.”
The cabin, most recently on the property at New Germany State Park near Grantsville, was moved to Northern High School for the carpentry class to rehabilitate it. After receiving a new roof, finished floors and new doors and windows, funded by Little Crossings and Dreisbach and Russell, the building is ready for its new home next to the historic house on the Little Crossings property, facing the original National Road (now Casselman Road) leading up to the Casselman River Bridge.
The landscaping around the visitors center will include Clayburn Brick Plant bricks, another historical element.
The center should be open in late spring or early summer.
The National Road Visitors Center will hold information from businesses that are members of the Greater Grantsville Business Association, reproduction Leo Beachy and other artistic prints of the Casselman Bridge, and other historical information.