Hagerstown Maryland
“The Hub City”

Town of Hagerstown MD

Hagerstown is the largest city in the Western Maryland Mountains, and county seat to Washington County. Hagerstown is a center of transit and commerce by truck, train, and by airline. In the Downtown area of Hagerstown is the Arts and Entertainment District, where you can find wonderful shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions such as the Maryland Theatre, the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. For the outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy golfing at Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run, swimming at Claude M. Potterfield Pool, and visiting the Fairgrounds Park. Besides Downtown Hagerstown, there is shopping at the Valley Mall and Hagerstown Premium Outlets. If you are looking for arts and crafts and fresh foods visit the Hagerstown City Farmers Market for homegrown produce from area farmers, as well as crafts and baked goods.

History of Hagerstown MD

Hagerstown was founded in 1813 by John Hager a German immigrant from Pennsylvania purchasing 200 acres in the Great Appalachian Valley. Hagerstown’s strategic location at its border is between the North and South making it a staging area for four Civil War campaigns. The largest Civil War cavalry battle fought in an urban setting happened here in July 1863. The National Road brought growth to Hagerstown, now Washington County’s largest city, and the railroads intersecting here gave it its nickname, “Hub City.”

Highlights in Hagerstown Maryland

  • Maryland Theatre
  • Washington County Arts Council Gallery
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra
  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
  • The National Road
  • Price Miller House
  • Discovery Station
  • Hager House
  • Crystal Grottoes Caverns

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