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Oakland is the county seat of the Garrett County, Maryland and the most populous city in Garrett County. It is a city with a population of 1,930 according to the 2000 census. The city is part of the Pittsburgh DMA, and is situated in the west middle of the county, only miles from the source of the Potomac River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. It is also near the Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake, a major ski resort for many Marylanders and other visitors. Oakland was incorporated in 1862. The Autumn Glory Festival, a fall festival that attracts a great amount of tourists, takes place here every October. The town is home to a historic B&O train station, which has been restored in the 2000s. Trains still run on the train tracks behind the station, but it is mainly used for special organizations or gatherings as of the present day. A gift shop is also located within the station. In front of the station, there are a plethora of festivities that go on, mainly seasonal activities such as housing the town Christmas tree, decorating the plaza for a holiday, and sometimes parties. Main Street of Oakland consists mainly of historic two to four story buildings that house the main shopping in the area, such as a theatre, museum, book store, a local pharmacy, antique shops, clothing stores and banks. Many of the homes and businesses in the downtown area are examples of Victorian architecture. One of the most prominent and historic churches in Oakland is St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, where U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison attended the services offered there in the past. Because of this, it is now called the Church of Presidents. A large neoclassical courthouse is also very prominent and dominates the town center. In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, a large hotel named the Oakland Hotel was located near the downtown train station. It was a major tourist attraction for that time period until it was torn down in the early 20th Century. Graphic sourced with thanks from Www.thegarrettinn.com/area.htm

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