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Seventh Annual Museum Ramble Schedule Announced - 20 Museums Participating; Washington County Museum Ramble Scheduled For May 1 & 2

Seventh Annual Museum Ramble Schedule Announced - 20 Museums Participating; Washington County Museum Ramble Scheduled For May 1 & 2

(Hagerstown, MD): Washington County's Seventh Annual Museum Ramble is scheduled for the weekend of May 1-2, 2010. The Ramble, sponsored by the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites (WCAMHS) and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), includes twenty local museums and historic sites. Most of the participating museums are opening their doors free of charge, and many have special offerings planned for the weekend. The Museum Ramble is a self-guided tour that will be offered from 1pm- 5pm. Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. Maps and directions to participating sites, as well as refreshments for participants, will be available at the Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. The WCAMHS and the CVB, along with the design expertise of Icon Graphics, have put together a brochure and map specifically for this year's Ramble. The guide and map can be viewed online at http://museumramble.marylandmemories.org/. The printed guide is available at the Visitor Welcome Center, and at the various museum sites.
Grab a Museum Ramble Passport at any of the participating museums and after you're done "rambling," drop it off at any museum, to have a chance to win a free basketful of goodies! Last year's winner enjoyed a terrific prize!
"No matter what your interests are -- fine arts, rural heritage, American history, black history, geology, or trains - you're sure to enjoy a ramble through this year's selection of Washington County museums," says Museum Association President Bill Knode. "We welcome visitors and residents to take a trip through our county and see some of our wonderful museums. Start the day with refreshments at the downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center and look for surprises at all the museums along the way!"
According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford, "Our county has an extremely rich history to tell, and visitors and residents alike love the Museum Ramble! We're happy to be celebrating the Ramble's seventh year, and pleased to be the financial sponsor of this wonderful annual event!"
Of Maryland's 300-plus museums, more than 10 percent are located in Washington County. The Museum Ramble makes the most of this by welcoming residents and visitors to the county's museums, many of which are private and typically open by appointment only.
The museums and sites participating in the Museum Ramble, and planning special activities, are:
Boonsborough Museum of History (301-432-6969), 113 N. Main Street, Boonsboro - Come see a special display in what many call Washington County's most eclectic collection! Known as one of the best small museums in the US, with a historical collection that is second to none!
Bowman House and Boonsboro Historical Society (301-432-8410), 323 N. Main Street, Boonsboro - The Bowman House built by Jacob Powles is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1868, John Bowman purchased the log house and established the "Boonsboro Pottery". His kiln was located to the rear of the building. Sunday: Open Hearth Cooking (late-growing winter vegetables and fruits), Herb Garden, Candle Making, Pottery Demonstrations and House Tours.
Discovery Station and Hagerstown Aviation Museum (301-790-0076), 101 West Washington St., Hagerstown - This hands-on learning museum includes exhibits that promote science, technology and history through displays and programs that are both educational and entertaining. See a full scale triceratops skull, operate the controls of a Cessna 150, view a model of a NASA spacecraft, tour the C&O Canal exhibit, marvel at an exact 15' replica of the Titanic. Learn how a weather station works, view the VISION exhibit and much more.
Fort Frederick State Park (301-842-2155), 18 miles west of Hagerstown, one mile south of I-70 (Rt 56 exit 12) - The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum and the Fort Frederick Museum will be open 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Fee: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum (301-432-6239) Antietam Station, Sharpsburg. The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum was founded over 60 years ago as the first Railroad Museum in the County. Operating for many years at the Fairgrounds, the Museum's home is now at the historic Antietam Station, on Shepherdstown Pike - outside of Sharpsburg. Restoration of the building is almost complete, railroadiana is on display, and work is beginning on a permanent model railroad in the freight room of the station.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum (301-739-4665), 300 S. Burhans Blvd (US 11), Hagerstown - Drinks and cookies provided. There are extraordinary things to see, including a trolley built in 1918, torpedoes for railroad tracks, and a special lantern designed to measure color blindness. Guided tours of #132 Locomotive and cabooses! See the largest display of working model trains in the four-state area!
Historic City Farmers' Market (301-739-8577 ext. 190), 25 W. Church Street, Hagerstown, Start the weekend off right! Visit the oldest continuously operating farmers' market in Maryland! The Farmer's Market offers a variety of breakfast and lunch specials and plenty of fresh, local produce, meat and dairy products and baked goods. Children's activities available in Market Alley from 9am until noon. Market doors open 5am-1pm. Closed Sunday.
Jonathan Hager House and Museum (301-739-8393), City Park, Hagerstown - Private frontier fort and original home of Hagerstown's founder. Built over two separate springs, the site houses the original Little Heiskel and a large collection of 18th Century antiques! This special weekend will feature a no admission open house along with a fun scavenger hunt for the family to complete as they walk through the Hager House and Museum. Also on site will be a French and Indian War encampment with reenactors in period dress, sutlers, and Eastern Woodlands Native American Dancers performing Saturday at 1pm Open House: Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
The Mansion House (301-797-6813) City Park, Hagerstown - Headquarters for the Valley Art Association, works displayed from scores of artists, in a beautiful mansion built in 1846. May 2: Victorian Tea, and Plein Air Demonstrations both Saturday and Sunday.
Miller House and Washington County Historical Society (301-797-8782), 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown - Exhibits Bell Pottery, doll/toy collection, historic items from the Civil War. Antique Taxi Display will be open. Refreshments will be served.
Pry House Field Hospital Museum (301-695-1864 or 800-564-1864), 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg - Washington County's newest museum is on the Antietam National Battlefield. See a special medical display showing battlefield surgery following the single bloodiest day in American history. Special event is planned, and historical interpretations. Visit our website at www.Civilwarmed.org
C&O Canal-Cushwa Basin (301-582-0818) Williamsport - Park Rangers will lead tours of Cushwa Basin. There will be lock demonstrations and tours of Lock House 44. Watch the historic 1917 film of the working canal at the Visitor Center. Saturday & Sunday, noon-4pm.
The Train Room (301-745-6681), 360 South Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown - Extraordinary collection of nationally renowned Lionel items. Buy one admission, get one free.
Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park - Bring the family and join us for our opening weekend of the season as we unveil the newly repainted Western Maryland cabooses! Barrel Cart rides for kids of all ages will be provided Saturday from 1-4pm and Sunday from 2-5pm. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 2-5pm.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (301-739-5727), City Park, Hagerstown - The Crown Jewel of Washington County. Special fine art exhibits, including "Konnichiwa! Japanese Culture & Ukiyo-e " and "Circuit of the Summer Hills: Mourning the Losses of the Civil War."
Washington County Rural Heritage Museum (240-313-2839), 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (MD65), Boonsboro, 7 miles south of I-70 (exit #29) - Enjoy refreshments, and more! Come see rural heritage in Washington County! Catoctin Furnace cast iron stove, Conestoga Wagon, corn sheller, corncob checkers, and new exhibits!
Washington Monument State Park and Museum, and SouthMountain State Battlefield (301-791-4767) - The WashingtonMonument, atop South Mountain near Boonsboro, is the first in the nation that was completed in honor of U.S. President George
Washington. Tour the small museum, with its fascinating collection. Also see displays from the Sep. 14, 1862, Battle of South Mountain.
Williamsport Town Museum (301-223-5854 or 301-223-7229), 14 Springfield Lane, Williamsport - Museum displays include memorabilia of our town's history, Canal times, Civil War history, and current events. The 8th MD Regiment Vol. Infantry Co. A - "The Men of the Old Line" - will present an encampment along with troop drills on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday at 3pm the Williamsport Community Band's Spring Concert will be held in the Springfield Barn and is free to the public. Refreshments. Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm.
Woodmont Lodge (301-842-2155) - Showcasing the picturesque Woodmont Lodge and surroundings, this Open House enables visitors to hear stories of the early days of conservation and wildlife management in Maryland. Conservation organizations will display information while volunteers answer questions and describe some of the vivid history of the property. The Woodmont property is located off of Interstate 68 (Exit 77) to Woodmont Road. The lodge entrance is on the left. Open Saturday, 10 am-3pm.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information see: www.marylandmemories.com. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (http://hallowedground.org). Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: www.quadstate81.com. The Hagerstown-Washington County CVB was recently awarded the Maryland Cultural Heritage Tourism Award by Governor Martin O'Malley.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com

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