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More to See in Washington County, Maryland: Attractions

More to See in Washington County, Maryland
Attractions

Miller House
The Miller House, an early nineteenth century red brick townhouse in downtown Hagerstown has been the home of four families over a period of about 160 years. It is now the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society, which has offices and a reference library on the lower level. Upstairs the house museum is furnished in the style of the 1820s. The townhouse includes Civil War artifacts, Shenandoah Valley pottery and dolls; rotating exhibits. The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 1-4pm. Group tours by appointment. 135 W Washington St., Hagerstown, MD, 301-797-8782.
Train Room and Museum, The
Large Lionel collection on display, pre-and post-war items; operating layout and Lionel products and toys. $2.50 admission; children under 12, free. $ Museum only. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Monday & Friday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 12N-6pm. Closed Wed. 360 S Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown, MD, 301-745-6681, http://www.the-train-room.com.
C&O Canal Museum & Visitors Center
Features exhibits on canal life and a 23-minute movie on history of the canal. The visitors center is open 9am-4:30pm. Closed Wednesday, Thursday year-round. 326 E Main St., Hancock, MD, 301-678-5463, http://www.nps.gov/choh.
Barron's C&O Canal Museum
Artifacts and pictures of C&O Canal and local history; replica of late-1800s country store. Museum is open Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.5 632 Mose Circle, Sharpsburg, MD, 301-432-8726.
Boonsborough Museum of History
Respected as one the finest private museums in the region, the Boonsborough Museum houses an extensive Civil War collection that includes items from the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns. Displays of ceramics, glassware, early lighting, weapons and ancient artifacts. Reconstructions of cabinetmaker's shop and old-time country store. The Museum of History is open May-Sept: Sunday, 1-5pm; or by appointment. 113 N Main St., Boonsboro, MD, 301-432-6969.
Hagerstown Speedway
The Hagerstown Speedway is a true 1/2 mile track with straight-aways over 900 ft. long & 70 ft. wide. The track is 90 ft. wide in the turns. The racing surface is made of the finest red clay in the nation. The smooth, wide surface makes Hagerstown Speedway one of the fastest and safest dirt tracks in the U.S. on which to race. The Speedway is open Feb-Oct: weekends, call for schedule or visit http://www.hagerstownspeedway.com, 301-582-0640.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibitions range from Old Masters to contemporary art. Excellent collection of 19th and 20th-century American art. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Singer, Jr. and incorporated in 1929. The Museum has a long and impressive tradition of cultural leadership in the Cumberland Valley region, providing residents and visitors with access to an outstanding Permanent Collection and an active schedule of exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, films, art classes and special events for children and adults throughout the year. The Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm; Closed Mondays. 91 Key St., Hagerstown City Park
Hagerstown, MD, 301-739-5727, http://www.washcomuseum.org.
Washington County Rural Heritage Museum
The museum contains more than 2,000 items, most of which are on loan from or have been donated by local residents. Upon arrival, there is a short video to introduce visitors to the museum. Exhibits include: a typical General Store (on loan from the Washington County Historical Society); examples of Rural Living, such as a farm kitchen, parlor, and a country church; and examples of Modes of Travel, such as an original Conestoga wagon, sleighs and sleds. Other exhibits contain equipment and artifacts used by local farmers, and displays on butchering and dairying. There is also a Gift Shop on the premises. The Rural Heritage Museum is open Apr-Oct: Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm; or by appointment for group visits. 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg, MD, 240-313-2839, http://www.washco-md.net/public_works/parks/museum.htm.
Western Maryland Rail Trail
Twenty-mile long trail runs from Big Pool, through Hancock, presently ends near Dam #6. Paved trail popular for cycling, in-line skating and walking. The Rail Trail is open Apr 1-Oct 31: 8am-sunset; Nov 1-March 31: 10am-sunset. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Ft Frederick Rd., Hancock, MD, 301-842-2155, http://www.dnr.state.md.us.

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