Situated on the Potomac River and with opportunities for hiking, camping and exploring nearby Civil War battlefields, officials in Brunswick say the city has plenty of activities for visitors to do.
Now the city is trying to make it easier for those visitors to find what they’re looking for.
Brunswick’s Economic Development Commission is trying to raise money to create a visitor’s center that would provide maps, brochures and other information to tourists.
The project is expected to cost $16,000. The economic commission is working with the Brunswick Main Street and the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce on the project.
The city has racks of information at city hall on West Potomac Street, said City Administrator Rick Weldon. But that building is closed on the weekends, when the city gets a lot of visitors.
So the Economic Development Commission has applied for a grant from the Tourism Council of Frederick County to help create a visitor’s center in the Brunswick Railroad Museum.
Unlike city hall, the museum is open on the weekends.
If the city is notified that it is getting money from the grant, the city council would have to vote to accept it, Weldon said.
Brunswick Crossing has a visitor’s cottage that is often mistaken for a city visitor’s center by tourists looking for directions to downtown, the C&O Canal towpath or other spots, said Christina May.
May is the chairwoman of the economic development group who works as a marketing director for Pleasants Development, which includes the Brunswick Crossing community.
The city wants to create a site that would incorporate all the city’s attractions.
“When people come into Brunswick...there really isn’t one point of reference,” she said.
May said the railroad museum is the most visited site in Brunswick, making it a natural location for the new center.
The C&O Canal has its own visitor’s center in the city, but the National Park Service has said that site could be closed depending on federal budget cuts, she said.
May said they hope to complete the project by August or early September, and should find out about the tourism council grant by late May.