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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - Museums
    Descriptive info: Washington County Home To Over 30 Museums.. Click Here For Our Museums and Historical Sites Guide.. Museums Showcase County s Rich History.. Tour the Jonathan Hager House Museum, home of the city s founder, and view a portrayal of life during that time period.. Hager House.. Situated in Hagerstown s City Park, and built in 1739 by city founder Jonathan Hager, the.. is styled in German tradition.. Today the Hager House is completely outfitted with authentic furnishings of the period depicting a life long since forgotten.. Older than the country itself, not many American cities can present the completely restored homes of their founders.. Hagerstown has such a treasure stepping into the Hager House is like taking a walk through the past.. Hagerstown Roundhouse.. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.. is dedicated to the preservation of our railroad hertiage and to the men and women who worked for the railroads and made Hagerstown the Hub City.. The Museum is filled with artifacts, photos, railroad art, model railroads, a library, a roster of Western Maryland employees, and a gift shop.. There is something for everyone at the Museum.. There are trains for kids to run, and specials events include the Trains of Christmas and Railroad Heritage Days.. Open on Fri, Sat, Sun from 1 to  ...   is a typical town house of the late Federal period.. In the entrance hall is the original hanging stairway rising in a graceful curve to the third floor.. There are several bedrooms with furnishings from the 1850 s - 1870 s.. Exhibits include papers and historic items of the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.. The Miller House.. Library contains many early documents and church records of Washington County.. The garden is gradually being developed and has been created as a memorial to the late Victor Davis Miller, III, President of the Historical Society from 1966-68.. Museum of Fine Arts - a True Hidden Treasure.. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.. has a long and impressive tradition of cultural leadership in the Cumberland Valley region providing residents and visitors access to an outstanding permanent collection.. The Museum s professional standards of excellence in collection, exhibition and interpretation have earned it the coveted accreditation of the American Association of Museums (AAM), an honor extended to fewer than ten percent of the nation s museums.. The museum has a collection of American paintings, Old Masters and European works, Oriental and African art.. This extensive collection also includes drawings, prints and sculpture from the eighteenth century to the present..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - State & Area Parks
    Descriptive info: Five State Parks Await Outdoor Enthusiasts.. Greenbrier State Park.. Website.. Circling a 43-acre lake that provides swimming, fishing and boating.. This popular park also offers picnicking, camping, interpretive programs, nature trails and concessions.. The park is conveniently located eight miles east of Hagerstown off of U.. S.. 40.. For information call 301-791-4767.. Gathland State Park.. This park is an excellent choice for the nature lover offering picturesque hiking trails and many picnicking sites.. Visitors can view a century-old stone monument dedicated to war correspondents.. Gathland is located one mile east of MD 67 on Gapland Road south of Boonsboro.. South Mountain State Park.. This state park runs along the ridge of South Mountain from Pen-Mar to Weaverton, linking many of the local parks and the Appalachian Trail.. Camping is limited to shelters along the trail.. Washington Monument State Park.. This park is home to the first monument built in honor of George Washington in addition to offering camping for youth groups, picnicking, and shelters.. Located four miles east of Boonsboro, the park also has access to the Appalachian Trail.. Fort Frederick State Park.. The focal point of this state park is the restored 1756 fort used during the French and Indian War, providing visitors with a historical perspective of that time period.. The nearby C O Canal runs through the park complementing such activities as hiking, biking, camping, boating and picnicking.. Other services include interpretive programs and concessions.. For information call 301-842-2155.. Other Area Parks.. Hagerstown City Park.. 301-739-8577, ext.. 169.. Often called ``America's second most beautiful municipal natural park," the park's centerpiece is a 50-acre lake, home for more than 250 waterfowl.. Home of the Jonathan Hager House, Mansion  ...   pavilion, restrooms, parking and a play area.. Devil's Backbone County Park.. Scenic park along the Antietam Creek, featuring a waterfall.. Park also contains picnic pavilion and walking trails.. Doub's Woods County Park.. Heavily wooded park with performing arts pavilion, picnic areas, picnic pavilion, swings, and outdoor chapel.. Fairgrounds Park.. 301-739-8577 ext.. Fairgrounds Park is the City's largest active recreation park, offering many sports-related activities.. Thousands of people attend our annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration as well as our Harvest Hoedown.. In addition, the City hosts community yard sales in the stables behind the Grandstand.. Owners are allowed to walk their dogs around Fairgrounds Park in accordance with the Parks Recreation Division's.. Dog Policy.. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.. 304/535-6298.. A beautiful park that occupies three states.. Site of John Brown's Raid.. Town portion offers interpretive programs and private shops.. Open year round.. Admission.. Martin Snook Memorial Park.. Named after the late Wash.. Co.. Commissioner.. Site of Halfway Park Days in May.. Contains Par Fitness Trail, tennis courts, playing fields and lighted ballfields.. Swimming pool open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 12:30-8 p.. m.. daily.. Admission to pool.. Mt.. Briar Wetland Preserve.. Located on Millbrook Road off Rt.. 67, this extraordinary environmental site is one of the most unique, non-tidal wetland areas in Maryland.. Floating boardwalk allows for walking through the park.. Pen Mar County Park.. 240-313-2700 Buildings Grounds.. 240-313-2805 Recreation Department.. This redeveloped 42-acre park provides a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley.. An amusement park in the early 1900s, it includes pavilion sites for dances, concerts and other entertainment on Sundays throughout the summer, including Everybody's Day in August.. For information about the Pen Mar Concert Series Schedule see..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - Recreation, Parks, Golf
    Descriptive info: Endless Possibilities for Recreation in Washington County.. Parks, golf courses and trails are abundant throughout the county, providing lots of outdoor fun and adventure.. The Washington County Government has established more than ten parks in the county.. The first county park was Doub's Woods, established in 1953 and the most recent one was the Washington County Regional Park, established in 1992.. Each county park is different, but many offer similar activities to it s visitors.. The parks have pavilions for picnicking and group gatherings, playground equipment and ball fields.. Many of these parks have yearly festivals or fairs, celebrating craft and culture in Washington County.. Some parks even offer fishing and provide canoe access to the many area streams.. Several towns in Washington County have parks as well.. The most well known of these is Hagerstown's 50-acre City Park.. Nestled in the south end of Hagerstown, the City Park has lakes complete with ducks, swans and geese.. The Appalachian Trail, extending from Maine to Georgia, has 40 miles of trail  ...   boating and fishing.. The canal stretches from Georgetown in Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland, but the portion of towpath in Washington County and further west is the most peaceful and serene.. The Western Maryland Rail Trail is paved trail about 23 miles long.. Beginning about mile west of historic Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County, the trail follows the former Western Maryland Railway line through Hancock, Maryland, and onto Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area and the Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area ending at the Pearre terminus.. For golfers, Washington County has five area courses, both public and private.. They range from the nine-hole Municipal Golf Course to the 18-hole championship course at the Fountain Head Country Club.. The county's newest golf course, Black Rock, is one of the most spectacular public courses in Maryland.. It attracts golfers from as far away as Baltimore.. Washington County has an abundance of parks and recreational areas that allow visitors to enjoy the natural wonders and beauty of our mountains and valleys.. Search Recreation..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - Golf
    Descriptive info: Tri-state Region Abounds with Excellent Golf.. Washington County enjoys the benefits of 10 area golf courses ranging from the sentimental favorite Municipal Golf Course with nine holes, to exclusive Fountain Head Country Club, an 18 hole championship course.. Beaver Creek Country Club.. Preferred member of CVB.. Beaver Creek golf course is a semi-private course with 18 holes; par 72 - 6,878 yards.. Built in a traditional layout, this course features plenty of trees with a rolling, but easily walkable terrain.. A challenging course that is sure to test your skills.. Black Rock Golf Course.. Black Rock is a public course with 18 holes; par 72 - 6,700 yards.. In addition to being the county's newest course, Black Rock is one of the most spectacular public courses Maryland, attracting golfers from as far away as Baltimore.. Golfers can enjoy scenic views, an outstanding practice facility, exciting play for all skill levels, and exceptional value.. Recently awarded Golf Digest 4-Star Rating.. Cress Creek.. The course at Cress Creek is simply breathtaking.. Experienced architect Robert Elder skillfully molded 220 acres of lush rolling terrain into a course that is challenging and rewarding.. Reaching to the dramatic Potomac River cliffs, the course is punctuated with glistening ponds, rambling streams, white sand bunkers, elevated tees, and finely manicured bentgrass greens.. Each hole has a unique character that requires patience, respect and careful shot planning.. Golfers face tight landing areas from the tees, with sharp doglegs and hazards guarding the line of play.. The River Hole sequence on the front nine has been described by enthusiasts as unsurpassed in the Mid-Atlantic region.. Greencastle Greens Golf Club.. Greencastle Greens is one of the premier golf courses in the region today.. Greencastle Greens is a public course with 18 holes; par72 - 6,900 yards.. Many of the holes feature intervening ponds and waterfalls making this course one of the most challenging in the area..  ...   of natural woodlands and various water hazards, each hole of this 6,811-yard layout provides a unique challenge sure to inspire any golfer.. Close by to Hagerstown and Washington County.. Musket Ridge Golf Club.. Musket Ridge Golf Club is a championship 18-hole public course nestled in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains.. This par 72, 6,902 yard course, designed by renowned golf course architect Joe Lee, capitalizes on the beautiful panoramic views and provides a first-class experience for scratch golfers as well as high handicappers.. Musket Ridge is one of GolfStyles Washington s 100 Must-Play Courses of the Middle Atlantic and is home to Catoctin Hall, Maryland s Best New Event Venue.. Located minutes from Washington County.. Whitetail Golf Resort.. Whitetail Golf Club's course is an 18-hole, par 72 - 6,950 yards.. Golfers of many skill levels will enjoy the manicured mountainous terrain, challenging every aspect of their game.. The layout is unique to the area due to its beautiful views and frequent changes in elevation.. The course has multiple tees and yardage markers making it accommodating to all handicap levels.. Whitetail offers a variety of shot-making opportunities.. This nearby rolling links style course was designed by Rick Robbins.. The Woods Golf Course.. The Woods "Mountain View" golf course is a nearby public championship course with 18 holes, par 72 - 6-500 yards.. This exciting course meanders over a rolling plateau with magnificent panoramic views.. For a quick round, The Woods "Stony Lick" mid-length course has some of the most beautiful and challenging holes of golf at The Woods.. Yingling's Golf Center.. Yingling's golf course is a public course with 18 holes, par 54.. Washington County s only par 3 course making it ideal for beginning golfers and for those who want to work on their iron game.. Facilities and services at Yingling's Golf Center also include a driving range, miniature golf course, golf lessons, and batting cages..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - Parks and Recreation Facilities
    Descriptive info: Sports Venues Stay and Play.. From athletic fields and State Parks to dragways and speedways, Washington County has a sports venue for your active lifestyle.. Search Sports Venues Stay and Play Facilities.. Keyword Search:.. Show records containing.. any.. all.. of the search words.. Search by Sport.. Select Sport.. Ball Fields.. Baseball Fields.. Basketball Courts.. BMX.. Boating.. Canoeing/Kayaking.. Cross Country Skiing.. Cycling.. Football Fields.. Gymnasium.. Hiking.. Horse-Ring.. Horse-Shoe-Pits.. Horse-Trails.. Inline Hockey Rink.. Lake / Creek / River.. Multi-Purpose Fields.. Outdoor Basketball Court.. Shooting Range.. Soccer Fields.. Softball Fields.. Swimming.. Tennis Courts.. Track Lanes.. Volleyball Courts.. Walking Trails..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - Lodging-Cottages
    Descriptive info: South Mountain State Battlefield Now Listed on the National Register of Historic Places!.. (South Mountain State Battlefield, MD) -- Maryland State Park officials have announced that South Mountain State Battlefield is now registered on the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.. This official list is known as the National Register of Historic Places.. The National Park Service administers the list; the announcement was made on January 28, 2011.. Placing the battlefield on the National Register of Historic Places is a significant step in an ongoing preservation effort.. The National Register of Historic Places opens up many grant opportunities that are currently unavailable to both the Friends group and the State Park itself.. Battlefield neighbors who live within the designated districts will be encouraged (but not required) to maintain their properties in a manner that best reflects the landscape s appearance as it existed in September 1862.. Being on the list may open up some financial benefits for the landowners especially for those looking for grants and/or tax credits to maintain their properties.. It will neither limit their ability to develop their land, nor give the state the power to condemn properties.. National Register of Historic Places applications submitted for South Mountain Battlefield can be viewed in detail below:.. South Mountain Battlefields.. Crampton's Gap Historic District.. Turner's and Fox's Gap Historic District.. The Battle of South Mountain occurred Sunday, September 14th, 1862.. It was  ...   fight on South Mountain, Lee s hopes of reaching Pennsylvania and beyond would not materialize.. The Battle of South Mountain was no skirmish.. It involved two full corps of General George B.. McClellan s Army of the Potomac, and a good portion of a third.. It also involved two divisions of Lee s Army.. The casualty rate was relatively high, especially for the Confederates who lost about 15% of their force-soldiers.. The battle in Fox s Gap was especially violent and protracted, as fighting ebbed and flowed across the fields near the present-day Appalachian Trail from 9 a.. to dusk.. The famed Union Iron Brigade first began to build its reputation though their persistent assaults on Turner s and Frostown Gaps.. Two future presidents: Rutherford B.. Hayes and William McKinley saw action at Fox s Gap with Hayes sustaining a significant wound.. Two notable generals, Union General Jesse Reno and Confederate General Samuel Garland, died in the fighting at Fox s Gap.. Follow the link below to see the official announcement stating that the South Mountain State Battlefield is now included on the National Register of Historic Places.. http://www.. nps.. gov/history/nr/nrlist.. htm.. Follow the link below to learn more about the Friends of South Mountain state Battlefield and to see the completed National Register of Historic Places application.. friendsofsouthmountain.. org/aboutus.. html.. Follow the link below to see the completed application for South Mountain State Battlefield on the Maryland Park Service website.. dnr.. state.. md.. us/publiclands/western/southmountainbattlefield.. asp..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - Museum Guide
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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - African American Heritage Guide
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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - History
    Descriptive info: Hagerstown and Washington County, Our History.. History is very much alive in Washington County, where we celebrate the past, thrive in the present and plan for a bright future!.. One month after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, Maryland held its First State Convention at the State House in Annapolis.. On September 6, 1776, the State Convention passed a resolution that made the land west of South Mountain a new county named Washington County, for the Commander-In-Chief of the American Army.. At that time, Washington County included all the land that is now Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties.. As colonists continued moving to America, Maryland grew.. The road from Baltimore to Frederick was heavily traveled and soon it extended over South Mountain at Turner s Gap, and down into Boonsboro.. This stretch of highway was later known as the National Road.. The National Road, extending from Baltimore to Cumberland in Maryland, was the busiest road in America for years.. It brought a great deal of business to Washington County, as travelers stopped along their journey.. In early nineteenth century America, trade became vital between people on the East Coast and the western farmlands.. Goods were being carried from the Chesapeake Bay to the people across the Appalachian Mountains into the Ohio Valley.. The idea for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal grew out of this popular route.. The canal was started in 1828 at Georgetown and was finished 25 years later, extending 83 miles through Washington County and continuing further west to Cumberland.. The railroad  ...   United States government opened the Clearspring Proving Ground in Washington County.. Soldiers at the camp tested weapons before they were sent overseas to be used by soldiers in battle.. It was one of only eleven United States proving grounds that operated during World War I.. The camp was abandoned in November 1918.. From 1933 to 1939, a trail was cut on the crests of several of the Appalachian Mountains.. Today, the Appalachian Trail passes through 14 states, from the state of Maine to the state of Georgia.. Thirty-seven miles of the Appalachian Trail passes through Washington and Frederick County, Maryland.. In 1938 the National Park Service (NPS) acquired the C O Canal property.. The towpath, which follows the Potomac River, was made into a 184-mile recreational trail.. Various camping sites have been provided along the trail and ramps have been placed to allow boaters access to the river.. Washington County played a vital role in World War II because of the Fairchild-Hiller Corporation airplane factory in Hagerstown.. Fairchild-Hiller made three models of fighter planes used to train pilots for combat, and a small passenger plane used to carry Army staffers.. Camp Ritchie, a Maryland National Guard base in the northeastern corner of the county, was also used during World War II.. It was taken over by the United States War Department and was expanded for use as a military intelligence training center.. Washington County continues to make its mark in history today.. The county was recently listed as one of Money Magazine s Top Ten Best Places To Live..

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  • Title: Hagerstown Washington County CVB - The Crossroads of the Civil War
    Descriptive info: Hagerstown and Washington County, The Crossroads of the Civil War.. Located in the center of the Great Valley in Western Maryland, Hagerstown was at the Crossroads of the Civil War.. The Valley provided a natural corridor for refugee and troop movements between Virginia and Pennsylvania.. As a regional crossroads town just north of the Potomac River, Hagerstown was a favorite staging area for military leaders traversing the region.. The following stories illustrate the impact of frequent military occupation on this small rural town.. The Military in Hagerstown.. With its strategic location at the border between the North and the South, Hagerstown became a principal staging area and supply center for four major campaigns in the East during the Civil War.. In 1861, General Robert Patterson s troops used the town as a springboard to attack Virginia Rebels in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.. During the Maryland Campaign of 1862, General Longstreet s command occupied the town en route to the Battle of South Mountain and Antietam.. In 1863, Hagerstown was the site of several military incursions and engagements as General Lee s army invaded and retreated at the Gettysburg Campaign.. A City Divided.. As a slave-holding county in what would become a federally occupied border state during the Civil War, sympathies were divided over the issue of secession in this town of 4,132.. During the war, escaped slaves seeking asylum in Hagerstown were caught and returned to their Southern owners.. Because of pro-Southern columns appearing in the.. Hagerstown  ...   soldiers eventually were transferred to primary military hospitals in Frederick, Maryland.. Confederates were sent off to prison.. The spread of smallpox from returning soldiers to their families and friends was a serious problem during the war.. When an epidemic spread throughout the town, the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church s Black congregation volunteered the use of its church as a smallpox hospital.. Following the war in 1872, Maryland and Virginia cooperated on a project to re-enter the Confederate dead from their impromptu graves to cemeteries in Hagerstown, Frederick and Shepherdstown, West Virginia.. Approximately 2,800 Southerners from the Maryland Campaign of 1862 were re-interred.. Sixty percent were unidentified.. Ransom of Hagerstown.. In 1864, Hagerstown almost literally felt the heat of the Civil War.. In July, General Jubal Early, commander of the Valley District of the Confederacy, moved his troops from the Shenandoah Valley toward the Potomac River, threatening a third invasion of the North by Southern soldiers.. On July 3 fighting occurred at Harpers Ferry, Leetown, Darkesville and Martinsburg.. On Wednesday, July 6, Early sent 1,500 cavalry, under the command of Brigader General John McCausland, into Hagerstown to levy a ransom of $20,000 and a large amount of clothing, in retribution for Federal destruction of farms, feed and cattle in the Shenandoah Valley.. A cooperative effort by three banks and the Hagerstown City Council produced the money to save the town from burning, while citizens and businesses surrendered vast numbers of pants, shirts, hats and shoes to the Rebels..

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