With a population of approximately 37,000 people, Hagerstown, Maryland lies in the western part of Maryland in Washington County approximately seventy miles northwest of both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
When German pioneer, Jonathan Hager, stepped into Cumberland Valley, surrounded by forests and meadows, which lay six miles apart from the Potomac River, he knew right away that he was going to live there. He picked the perfect location and began constructing a two-story stone house, built over two springs, on a 200-acre tract that he called "Hager's Fancy." Over time, more immigrants settled near Hager's house. In 1762, Elizabeth-Town (named after his bride Elizabeth Kershner) was born.
Hagerstown has seen much. With its location on the border of the north and the south, Hagerstown quickly became a supply center for four major campaigns during the Civil War. In 1864, Confederate troops occupied the small rural town several times during the war and it was held ransom for $20,000 during General Jubal Early's invasion of Maryland.
But that was a long time ago.
Hagerstown is a peaceful community and has many recreational facilities for families. This unique town knows how to entertain with its year-round celebrations, concerts, festivals, and get-togethers. The cultural opportunities and special activities throughout the seasons are endless and are for people of all ages.
There are many reasons why Hagerstown is more that just a place to live.
Residents in this historic town, enjoy the benefits of living in a town that embraces its history, accentuating the architecture and decorative details of its historical buildings and points of interest throughout. Hagerstown is a visually appealing, traditional city, that is on the move. Hagerstownians have a wealth of entertainment and recreation options to explore right in their own community. The town's municipal golf course was rated the "Fifth Best Municipal Golf Course in the Nation" by Golf Magazine. The local Museum of Fine Arts is a regional leader in the Cumberland Valley. The Museum's timeless collection has been nationally recognized for its extensive works by the Old Masters as well as American, European, African and Asian art works. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been labeled as one of the Nation's leading centers of professional excellence, interpretation for its collections and year-round exhibitions.