Historic Stone Bridges of Washington County Brochure Now Available Online

Historic Stone Bridges of Washington County Brochure Now Available Online

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently produced a brochure called Bridges of Washington County Maryland and has now made that information available online. The artistic web site features scores of photos, and utilizes a rotating collage on the site's front page.
The new web site showcases all of Washington County's historic stone arch structures that span the Conococheague Creek and the Antietam Creek and its tributaries. All the information from the printed map and guide can be accessed by clicking on the Bridges of Washington County link on the CVB website at www.marylandmemories.com or going directly to http://bridges.marylandmemories.org
Washington County is unique in the State of Maryland because nowhere else can one find so many early to mid 19th-century limestone arch bridges, along with several stone arch aqueducts along the C&O Canal.
The original concept for the brochure came from Katherine Campbell Francomano of DoubleDog Productions. The design for the brochure and the website was done by Icon Graphics. Both the website and brochure feature current photographs of each bridge done by Francomano, an accurate background of each bridge, as well as a few historical photographs, and two maps showing the location of each bridge.
There are 21 bridges in the printed brochure, but the newly updated website has 22 bridges with the addition of the Israel Creek Bridge. The next printing of the brochure will also include the Israel Creek Bridge, located on Garrett's Mill Road, south of Boonsboro. The website has newly updated and downloadable maps of both the Conococheague and Antietam bridges.
From arguably the most famous of all of the stone arch bridges in North America, the Burnside Bridge over Antietam Creek, to several lesser-known structures including the picturesque Leitersburg Bridge Number 2, these stone structures are an important part of Washington County's history.
"This new web site makes our historic stone arch bridges available online for people all over the world," said Tom Riford, the president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Many of the bridges were used extensively during the Civil War. The earliest-built is the largest stone arch bridge, and is the 210-foot Wilson's Bridge along the National Road over the Conococheague Creek."
The brochure was updated for the web site project. The information on the website and in the brochure was reviewed for accuracy by the Washington County Historical Society, local historian Patricia Schooley, Washington County Special Projects Director Gary Rohrer, historians from the Western Maryland Room at the Washington County Free Library including John Frey, CVB Historian Roger Keller, Washington County Historical Society Executive Director, Jim Neville and others.

For more information about the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit www.marylandmemories.com. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. Washington County is a member of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Washington County has 5 national parks, 8 state parks, over 30 county or city parks, more than 30 museums, rated first in the State of Maryland in Retail Opportunities, and has more than 21 historic stone arch bridges.