Editorial: A Better Place to Live

A Better Place to Live

I couldn't think of a better place to live than in Washington County, Maryland. The rolling hills of Boonsboro; the historic buildings of Hagerstown, the peaceful pastures of Keedysville, the warm hospitality of Clear Spring, the mountain views of Smithsburg, the hometown friendliness of Sharpsburg, the capital history of Williamsport, the farmland in Hancock, and the antiquing of Funkstown.
The county is recognized for its museums, hiking and biking trails, history, and national, state, and local parks. Knowing where to begin your tour of Washington County, Maryland can be a tricky one. There's so much to see and do! Not only can you go whitewater rafting, play a few great games of golf, walk through caverns and history, you can also find some spectacular places to shop and dine.
Washington County is also a great place for those who enjoy Civil War history. Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg is where the bloodiest day of the war took place. You can also continue your tour to nearby South Mountain Battlefield State Park and find history in the making.
I've lived here since entering the 4th grade and being from the area, my stepfather took us [my brothers and mom] everywhere. He knew a little something about every place we visited. I thought it was impressive. He made it fun and interesting. I thought I had seen everything.
I was wrong. Now as an adult and with children of my own, I enjoy taking them to the same spots my stepfather had shown me, however, I am finding that there are a great number of places I hadn't seen yet.
In this year's Summer Tourism Guide, I have put together a few articles that highlight specific areas of interest. Here are a few hints of what you'll see inside:
HISTORIC WALKING TOUR: presented by Capuco Consulting and Battlefield Memories, take a walk through several periods of American history.
WASHINGTON COUNTY MUSEUMS: Looking for something to do? Try one of our many museums. In this article I have put together a list of museums in and around Washington County.
HISTORIC BRIDGES THROUGHOUT WASHINGTON COUNTY: bridges mark different eras in our national history. Washington County is no exception. In this article I list every bridge I could find throughout the county. All have locations and some have accompanying photos.
BICYCLE TOURS: Printed with permission by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com, this article lets you know where the best places are to go for a bicycle tour. They include safety tips and a map.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: find out just how important creeks are to Maryland.
WASHINGTON COUNTY BEST PARKS: Washington County is full of them. In this article you'll find a little about the history of the park as well as park locations.
WHERE TO SHOP IN WASHINGTON COUNTY: If you love to shop, Washington County is the place to be. From small shops of interest to the grand Prime Outlets-Hagerstown, you can find whatever you desire.
WHERE TO DINE IN WASHIGNTON COUNTY: Along with its long and impressing history, fabulous arts and entertainment, and beauty, Washington County offers a diverse range of foods. Read about a few of my area favorites.
GARDEN FRESH FARMER'S MARKETS: Have you ever been to a farmer's market? If not, try one out this summer. You'll be hooked instantly.
ENTERTAINMENT: If you enjoy getting out there and taking in the nightlife, you'll be able to find many places to do so in Washington County.
FAMILY FUN AT LOCAL CAMPGROUNDS, INNS, AND HOTELS: Everyone has their preferences when it comes to sleeping away from home. I list a few of my favorites in this fun article.
RECREATION AND THE OUTDOORS: During the warmer months it is common practice to seek out outdoor activities. Washington County, Maryland is full of these opportunities. Here's a few of my favs.
There are many more articles that list things to do and places to see throughout the county in this tourism guide. Whatever you do... be sure to make lasting memories.

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese
Editor, Picket News