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Things to See and Do in Hagerstown

Things to See and Do in Hagerstown

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 Hager House 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
For many years, the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum has coordinated the preservation and restoration of historic railway equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and other rolling stock. The public is invited every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm to enjoy the exhibits, which include pictures, lights, lanterns, bells, whistles and other railroading items. The museum also boasts a complete gift shop, library/research room, model railroad layouts, and picture displays of local railroad facilities.
Miller House and Gardens
This fine old brick etiface at 135 West Washington Street in Hagerstown is the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society. Research indicates that the main structure of the house was built for William Price, a prominent young attorney, who acquired the property in 1823. The mansion 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.

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

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