Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The Way We Worked at Home

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Experience the inner workings of a 19th century house in Allegany County & learn about the people “who made things work” in the home–mothers, nanny’s, servants, gardeners, seamstresses, tailors & many more all played enormous roles in the running of the family home then and now.

Saturday, February 4th through Friday, March 24th, the Gordon-Roberts House museum will have open doors for guests to explore the house from a behind the scenes point of view.
Walk through an 1867 kitchen and learn about servant/child relationships, how the washing was done, and see the evolution of household tools like a bread “guillotine”, “pump” vacuum cleaner and more. Historic photographs, spoken word and newspaper ads enhance this interactive look into the yesterdays of our homes. Hours of Operation are Wed-Sat 10-4 and by calling 301-777-8678.

“The Way We Worked at Home” is brought to you in partnership with with the Western MD Heritage Association by the Maryland Humanities & the Smithsonian travelling exhibit, “The Way We Worked”. The central Smithsonian exhibit is located at the Allegany Museum on Pershing street in Cumberland. This will be enhanced by Allegany Museum’s series of dioramas illustrating changes in workers’ lives as they took place in Cumberland from 1877 on.

The Grand Opening will be on February 4, and feature a tour of all locations, ending with opening ceremonies at Allegany Museum.

For a full listing of sites taking part in this exciting experience, visit alleganymuseummd.org.

All events and exhibitions are free.


February 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Gordon-Roberts House
218 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502 United States