Historic Hidden Hagerstown Brochure Now Available Online

Historic Hidden Hagerstown Brochure Now Available Online
Expanded Walking Tour Guide to Downtown Hagerstown on CVB Website

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently produced a printed brochure called Discover Historic Hagerstown's Hidden History and has now made that information available online. The artistic web site features scores of photos, and a walking tour map of Downtown Hagerstown.
The new web site showcases important, but also little known aspects of Hagerstown's history. The new web site link is on the CVB website at www.marylandmemories.org or going directly to http://walkingtours.marylandmemories.org.
When published a little over a year ago, the printed Historic Hidden Hagerstown brochure was an instant hit. The printed brochure was called as "a perfect guide for those who are interested in Hagerstown's vast history."
Now, with the brochure available online, "Potential visitors can be reached much more easily, to pique their interest, and to direct them to visit Downtown Hagerstown," said Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford. "A Downtown Walking Tour can be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike, and by putting it online, we've made the newly expanded brochure available to a greater audience."
The online brochure includes sketches, historic photos, recent pictures, a map, and 27 tour stops, as well as directions to each one. Additionally, there are dozens of facts that can whet any visitors' appetites for interesting tidbits of Hagerstown's past. Familiar faces and places of historical significance to Hagerstown are featured, such as Edmund McIlhenny, George Armstrong Custer, Mary Titcomb, Dr. Normal Scott, the Second Court House and the Hager House. Sites included the Maryland Theatre, the Washington County Free Library, the First Hose Company of Hagerstown, and several area churches.
"This new web site makes our past more accessible for people all over the world," said Tom Riford. "A lot of Hagerstown's growth had to do with transportation, including the National Road. The brochure also includes Hagerstown's Civil War history." The online brochure project was partially funded with a grant from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.
"This web site program was made possible by a grant from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, a certified heritage area of the Maryland Heritages Area Authority," said Riford. "Washington County is a significant part of the three-county heritage area, and our county saw more Civil War battles and skirmishes than any other single Maryland jurisdiction."
The online brochure discusses the Battle of Hagerstown in 1863, and also explains how Hagerstown was saved from being torched by Confederate Raiders in 1864, how Mary Titcomb started the world's first book wagon, and how the original founder of Hagerstown lived and died.
One of the hidden historic facts about Downtown Hagerstown detailed in the new web site includes: R20;In late 1795, printer John Gruber moved to Hagerstown, opening a business on the ground now in front of the Maryland Theatre. He began publishing the Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanac in 1797. (Today it is the second oldest almanac in active circulation in the nation.) In 1814, Gruber printed The National Songster, a collection of patriotic songs. Among them was the very first book printing of "The Defense of Fort McHenry," the poem written by Francis Scott Key as he watched the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. The title was changed later by a professional singer who selected the words "Star Spangled Banner" from the last line of the song's first verse.
"People can utilize the walking tour brochure, and at a leisurely pace, learn about history that happened right here," said CVB President Tom Riford. "More people can learn online about the historic aspects of Hagerstown, and come to the Visitor Welcome Center, where the actual tour begins." Riford pointed out that new guided walking tours have been wildly successful, and have grown to include uniformed historical interpreters leading the historic walking tours. Hagerstown has some terrific architectural features, interesting historical buildings and sites, and a heritage that is unique in its place in history.
The design for the original brochure and the new website was done by Icon Graphics.
For more information about the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit www.marylandmemories.org. 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 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.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com