Fourth Annual Museum Ramble
Fourth Annual Museum Ramble
(Hagerstown, Md.)- Washington County's fourth annual Museum Ramble is scheduled for the weekend of May 5-6, 2007. The Ramble, sponsored by the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites (WCAMHS) and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), includes more than fifteen local museums and historic sites. Most of the participating museums are opening their doors free of charge and many have special surprises planned for the weekend.
The Museum Ramble is a self-guided tour that will be offered from 1-5pm Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. 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 www.marylandmemories.org/ramble. The printed guide is available at the Visitor Welcome Center, and at various CVB members.
"No matter what your interests are - fine arts, rural heritage, American history, black history, religion, 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 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 every year!"
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. Come see a special display of what many call Washington County's most eclectic collection!
Bowman House and Boonsboro Historical Society. Built by Jacob Powles, the museum is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Christian Heritage Museum. A privately owned collection of historic Bibles, books, manuscripts, sermon notes, and documents of Christian history, gathered for the past 25 years in order to preserve, protect, educate, motivate, and inspire others to live for Christ.
Discovery Station and Hagerstown Aviation Museum. This hands-on learning museum includes exhibits that promote science, technology and local history through displays and programs that are both educational and entertaining.
Fort Frederick State Park. Come see Maryland's first state park and enjoy special living history programs!
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. See the largest display of working model trains in the four-state area!
Jonathan Hager House and Museum. Private frontier fort original home of Hagerstown's founder. Large collection of 18th Century antiques! Frontier Forts Display.
The Mansion House. Works displayed from scores of artists, in a beautiful mansion built in 1846.
Miller House and Washington County Historical Society. Exhibits include Bell Pottery, doll/toy collection, historic items from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the C&O Canal. Antique Taxi Display will be open.
McMahons Mill Military Museum. See a real Gatling Gun, Civil War weapons, jewelry from around the world, and more!
Pry House Field Hospital Museum. See a special medical display showing battlefield surgery following the single bloodiest day in American history.
Smithsburg Historical Society. This is the newest of Smithsburg's museums located in the former town library building.
The Train Room. Extraordinary collection of nationally renowned Lionel items. Buy one admission, get one free.
Train 202 Museum. Hagerstown City Park. Train 202 is a steam locomotive built in 1912 to haul passengers, mail and baggage between Baltimore and Hagerstown. Retired in 1953, the train was moved to City Park.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The Crown Jewel of Washington County. Special exhibits!
Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. Catoctin Furnace cast iron stove, Conestoga wagon, Corn sheller, Corncob checkers, and a new exhibit "Sweet and Sour - The Taste of Spring." There will be an observation beehive (featuring live bees at work).
Washington Monument State Park and Museum. Completed in honor of U.S. President George Washington - first in the nation. Tour the small museum, with its fascinating collection.
Williamsport Town Museum. Enjoy memorabilia in the lower level of the Historic Barn at the Springfield Farm. Old time stories, 1800s furniture, and a special display of "Woodcarvers of Williamsport."
For more information or directions, contact: Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 301-791-3246. www.marylandmemories.com or, Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, 301-733-3638.