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Getting the most out of Washington County, Maryland, One
Getting the most out of Washington County, Maryland, One
There are more than 35 museums and historical sites throughout Washington County. Step back into history, see fine art, explore fantastic collections and exhibits, and experience the museums! Some museums are hands-on, some are world-famous, and some exhibit "firsts" and "onlys." See everything and be sure you get the most out of Washington County!
Below are a few of the 35 museums and historical sites taken from the Hagerstown-Washington County Museum & Historical Sites Guide. To view all, please visit www.marylandmemories.com/museum.
Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam was the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, fought September 17, 1862. Union troops halted the Confederate invasion of the North and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Five days later, Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Films, ranger programs, a museum and driving tour maps are available at the Visitor Center.
Antietam National Battlefield lies north and east of Sharpsburg, along MD 34 and 65. The main entrance is off of MD 65, ten miles south of Interstate 70. Hours: The Visitor Center opens at 8:30AM and closes at 5PM from Labor Day to Memorial Day. It closes at 6PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The park roads remain open until dusk. Info: 301-432-5124. Admission fee charged. Passes are good for three consecutive days. All valid Golden Passes are accepted.
Beaver Creek Country School
An authentically refurbished turn-of-the-century classroom stands as a memorial to all the capable schoolmasters of Washington County, Maryland, who for more than a century made our one and two room schools the educational and cultural centers of their communities. Special interest items are the desks, books, slates, wallchart and other educational items. Across the hall in the Museum room are vignettes of small shops of the period and special exhibits of local collectors. School is located on Beaver Creek Church Road. Hours: Open by appointment only, with admission fee. Info: 301-797-8782.
Boonsboro Trolley Museum
The original building has been restored and was the Boonsboro Trolley Station from 1902 to 1938. It is the last remaining trolley station in Washington County. The museum was dedicated September 12, 2099, and houses trolley artifacts and photos. No admission. Hours: May-October: 4th Sunday of every month from 2-5PM or by appointment. Info: 301-432-7030.
Boonsborough Museum of History
The museum includes historical objects spanning 5,000 years including displays of china, glassware, weapons, and ancient artifacts, Civil War artifacts, and John Brown memorabilia. The museum also houses a reconstruction of a cabinetmaker's shop and 19th century general store. Museum is located at 113 N. Main Street, Boonsboro. Hours: May-September: Sundays 1 to 5PM or by appointment. Admission fee charged. Info: 301-432-6969.
The Bowman House, built by Jacob Powles, is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the nineteenth century. Emmanual Bowman, a potter by trade, migrated to Washington County. Sons John and David were apprentices to their father. In 1868 John Bowman purchased the log house and established the "Boonsboro Pottery." His kiln was located about 75 feet to the rear of the building. The house is located at 323 N. Main Street, Boonsboro. Hours: May-October: 4th Sunday from 2-4PM. Donations accepted. Info: 301-432-8410.
C&O Canal National Historical Park
Models of canal boats, pictorial history, memorabilia, exhibits, and more. Park locations include Williamsport Visitor Center, 205 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport and the Hancock Visitor Center, Historic Bowles House, 439 E. Main Street, Hancock. No admission required. Hours: Park is open 7 days a week during daylight hours. Visitor center hours vary seasonally by location. Call for details. Info: 301-582-0813; www.nps.gov/choh.
This "hands-on" learning museum includes exhibits that promote science, technology and history through displays and programs that are both educational and entertaining. Included are the Betty Clopper Early Childhood Gallery, Transportation Gallery with the 15' Titanic replica and 1912 Exhibits, Mack Truck Exhibit, and Hagerstown Aviation / Fairchild Exhibit, C&O Canal Exhibit, Vision Exhibit (NIH/NEI), Adventures in Agriculture Exhibit, NASA / Space Exhibit, Nora Roberts Gallery and more. Great for families! Museum is located at 101 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. Hours: Tue-Sat 10AM-4PM; Sun 2-5PM (Sunday hours are Dec-Mar only). Fee charged for admission. Children ages 3 and under are free. Field trips have a group rate and membership is available. Info: 301-790-0076; www.discoverystation.org.
Doleman Black Heritage Museum
Contains books, artifacts and pictures of African-American History in Washington County. One-of-a-kind private collection. The museum is located at 540 N. Locust Street, Hagerstown. Hours are by appointment only and donations are accepted. Info: 301-797-5019; www.dolemanblackheritagemuseum.org.
Hancock Town Museum
Permanent display of the town's history featuring old photographs, memorabilia of old businesses and newspaper articles. Early tools collection. Large Hancock postcard collection. Museum located at corner of High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Hancock. Hours: 2nd and 4th Sunday each month April thru October. Donations are accepted. Info: 301-678-7377/301-678-6308.
This information was provided through the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com and their Museums & Historical Sites Guide.