I’m sad to say I have to remove the James Drane House from my list of places to visit in Accident, Md. From what I can tell, it’s not a tourist attraction. Or, it’s not easy to visit as a tourist.
The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a page on the Town of Accident website. It also has a page on the Maryland Historical Trust. The house is believed to be the oldest standing structure in Garrett County. The house is managed by the Accident Cultural and Historical Society. The house can be open for tours at specified times and upon request according to the Town of Accident website.
I found several landing pages of information on various websites. There’s lots of historical information but no operational information. (Or maybe I should say I can’t find any operational information.) The house does not have its own website and I can’t find any hours of operation. How do you schedule a tour? One of the websites lists a number to call for information at the Accident Cultural and Historical Society. When I call, I only get voicemail and the greeting says “Accident City Hall”.
I’m not complaining. I grew up in a big city but I’ve heard enough stories to know this is not unusual for small town life. If anyone has better information, let me know.
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