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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Great Hagerstown Fair

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 6, 2019
1. The Great Hagerstown Fair Marker
Inscription.  The Agricultural and Mechanical Association of Washington County was chartered in 1856 and began holding annual fairs in "Heyser's Woods" (now City Park) in the years before the Civil War. The fairs were suspended due to the War, but when peace returned, the fair resumed at a new location off of Church Street in the west end of Hagerstown. In 1880, the fair moved to this site and was held at this location until 1980. Many celebrities of the time were guests or performers at the fair. In 1884, Col. Henry Kyd Douglas (a former Confederate officer) arranged for General "Stonewall" Jackson's horse "Fancy" (also known as Little Sorrel") to be transported to Hagerstown in a special rail car and displayed at the fair. Legend has it that the old horse was a popular attraction and his mane and tail were plucked nearly bare by those desiring a souvenir. An association with the Maryland State Fair Association was formed in the 1890s, and the Great Hagerstown Fair became a retional and multi-state event. Under the leadership of Civil War (Union) veteran John L. Cost, the poultry program of the fair became the largest in the world. A monument to Cost was
The Great Hagerstown Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 6, 2019
2. The Great Hagerstown Fair Marker
erected here in 1913.

The Keeper's Residence was constructed in the 1890s and the entrance building was constructed in 1913. The Keeper's Residence is believed to be the last 19th Century fair building remaining in Maryland. The grandstands were constructed in the early 1950s for the purpose of watching horse races which were held on a track in the center of the fairgrounds.
 
Location. 39° 38.739′ N, 77° 42.708′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on North Mulberry Street north of North Cannon Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 North Mulberry Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory Of (approx. mile away); Bloom Park (approx. mile away); This Bronze Cannon (approx. mile away); Hagerstonians in the Civil War (approx. mile away); Zion Evangelical and Reform Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jonathan Hager (approx. 0.3 miles away); Retreat from Gettysburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fighting House to House, Yard to Yard (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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