Entertainment and Cultural Treasures
Entertainment and Cultural Treasures
Washington County, Maryland is one place you will never get bored. Whether you are just passing through or staying for a bit... check out a few of our treasures.
Mansion House Museum
501 Highland Way, Hagerstown City Park
11am-4pm Fri. & Sat.; 1-5pm Sun. Free.
Situated in one of the most beautiful city parks in America is a Georgian-style mansion house built by John Heyser in 1846. The massive house with its large, inviting wrap-around porch is built of native limestone and bricks. The bricks were, in fact, made from the mud of the graceful lake, now inhabited by swans, which the house overlooks.
Today, the mansion serves as the headquarters for the Valley Art Association. Here, at the Mansion House, one can view and purchase the works of over twenty local artists. The old Mansion House creates a beautiful setting for the art that is displayed. In addition to serving as a gallery, the Mansion House also is used for classes and a meeting place for the Valley Art Association.
(RAILROAD TRACK PIC)Hagerstown Roundhouse
300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown
Open year-round on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 1-5pm
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.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Hagerstown City Park
Tuesday - Sunday
Hours Open: Tues - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 4pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
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.
(STAIRCASE PIC)Miller House and Gardens
135 W. Washington St.
Hours Open: Wed-Sat 1-4pm
This fine old brick edifice 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.
Kennedy Farm (John Brown's Headquarters)
2406 Chestnut Grove Rd., Sharpsburg
Tours by appointment
Kennedy Farm, Maryland a national historic landmark, used during the summer of 1859 by John Brown and his Provisional Army of the United States
From this house in 1859, John Brown, the storied abolitionist, seized the Federal Armory at Harpers Ferry, just across the Potomac River. Recently restored, this log house is on the National Registry. Open summer weekends.
(PIC)Jonathan Hager House Museum
110 Key St., Hagerstown City Park
April - December
Hours Open: Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm
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.