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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hagerstown, Maryland
Hagerstown is in Washington County
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On July 2, 800 citizens meet in Elizabeth Town and pledge to boycott British goods, especially tea. This is done to support the citizens of Boston because their port had been closed by Parliament.
In August, a colonial . . . — — Map (db m146011) HM
The town's first fire company (United) is formed. Residents are required to own a leather bucket for fire fighting.
On December 27, Elizabeth Town is incorporated by the Maryland General Assembly. The legislature . . . — — Map (db m146006) HM
On January 26, the Maryland General Assembly officially changes the town's name from 'Elizabeth Town' to 'Hager's Town' and re-incorporates Elizabeth Town under this new name.
The "Hagerstown Blues" cavalry fights at . . . — — Map (db m146004) HM
Hagerstown appoints Richard Sheaby and Allen Barber as police constables. Two additional posts are filled in 1842.
The Franklin Railroad begins service between Hagerstown and Harrisburg. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad . . . — — Map (db m146001) HM
The Hagerstown Female Seminary is constructed on Cannon Hill. Later, the name of this school is changed to Kee Mar College. In 1912, the college is converted for use as the Washington County Hospital.
The Washington . . . — — Map (db m145997) HM
The second county courthouse burns on December 6th. In 1872, construction begins on a third courthouse to replace it.
M. P. Moller moves his organ factory from Greencastle, Pennsylvania to Hagerstown. The company . . . — — Map (db m145996) HM
The Hagerstown Railway trolley system begins operation. Service is expanded in 1904 to Frederick and into Pennsylvania, becoming the first inter-urban rural rail system in the country. The last car runs in 1947.
America . . . — — Map (db m145993) HM
Thomas Pangborn moves his sand-blast manufacturing business to Hagerstown.
The Maryland Theatre is constructed. The Hagerstown Municipal Band plays its first concert that July in this theater.
The . . . — — Map (db m146065) HM
Municipal Stadium is constructed and the first home game is played by Hagerstown Hubs on May 8. Willie Mays plays his first professional baseball game here in 1950.
Fairchild Aircraft moves to Hagerstown from New York and . . . — — Map (db m146064) HM
Hagerstown establishes a "sister city" relationship with Wesel, Germany.
South Hagerstown High School opens and begins serving all area children, desegregating the school system. North Hagerstown High School opens on . . . — — Map (db m146063) HM
Hagerstown's first network-affiliated television station, WHAG, begins broadcasting on January 3. It was affiliated with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
In June, a regional history magazine begins publishing . . . — — Map (db m146062) HM
Robinwood Medical Center opens for business. It is enlarged in 1996 and 2001.
Fiber optic telecommunications arrive in downtown Hagerstown.
The city obtains the former Washington County Fairgrounds, . . . — — Map (db m146042) HM
The Hagerstown Mail offices were located on the second floor of this building during the Civil War. Due to the newspaper's pro-Southern columns, the Mail's editor and co-owner, Daniel Dechert, was arrested in 1862 and sent to Old Capitol Prison in . . . — — Map (db m20792) HM
The Lyceum, a public debating hall constructed circa 1848, stood on this site during the Civil War. Heated debates took place here prior to the Civil War on the state of the Union. Following the Battles of Antietam and Gettysburg, the Lyceum was . . . — — Map (db m20847) HM
The first act of valor by an African-American serviceman to earn the Medal of Honor occurred on July 18, 1863, during the Civil War. Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment took his place in history in the Battle of . . . — — Map (db m159780) HM
The fathers of the Hagerstown aircraft industry, Lewis Reisner and Ammon Kreider formed the Kreider Reisner Aircraft Company in 1923. They developed highly regarded models of civilian use aircraft. In 1929, they sold the company to the Fairchild . . . — — Map (db m107148) HM
Born in Hagerstown, Ann Carroll Fitzhugh moved to New York State with her family at age twelve. She married wealthy abolitionist and philanthropist Gerrit Smith in 1822. Together, they were pioneers in the abolition and womens' rights movements, . . . — — Map (db m146015) HM
Anna Spencer Brugh Singer was born in Hagerstown and married William H. Singer, Jr. in 1895. Together they pursued an artistic life; he as an artist, she as an art collector and musician. They traveled the United States and Europe, befriended many . . . — — Map (db m107264) HM
12 miles to Antietam National Battlefield Site, where on Sept. 17, 1862, about 41,000 Confederates under the command of General Robert E. Lee were pitted against 87,000 Federals under General George B. McClellan. — — Map (db m1965) HM
Hagerstown was bypassed in the great race westward between the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The City was left without a rail connection to the south or west. The “Washington County Railroad” was . . . — — Map (db m129270) HM
The original band shell was built in City Park around 1915. It was since dismantled and re-erected in Hagerstown’s Wheaton Park.
This structure was built in 1940. It is dedicated to Dr. Peter Buys, the Hagerstown Municipal Band’s conductor . . . — — Map (db m132316) HM
Ca. 8000 BC
First Native Americans enter the Cumberland Valley area as roving hunters.
Ca. 1000 BC
Permanent villages are established by Native Americans. the primary tribes include Susquehanna and Algonquian.
Ca. 1735 . . . — — Map (db m146012) HM
"In October 1877, Bench Mark "A" was cut on the water table of the recently rebuilt courthouse in Hagerstown, Maryland", reads the report of the coast and geodetic survey to President McKinley. This was the beginning point of a . . . — — Map (db m6529) HM
Bloom Park was one of the very first monuments erected in the United States to honor the veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898-99). It was dedicated on July 4, 1900. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Henry Kyd Douglas a former Adjutant . . . — — Map (db m107396) HM
About 200,000 African-Americans served in the Civil War. When the army reorganized at the end of the war, it established six regiments in the regular army to be composed of African-American recruits. The 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments and four . . . — — Map (db m159782) HM
In the early 19th Century, this area was owned by the Heyser family and was known as “Heyser's Woods”. The mansion house was constructed by John H. Heyser between 1843 and 1846. “Heyser's Woods” became a popular local picnic . . . — — Map (db m131934) HM
A native of New Hampshire, Mrs. Hamilton served as First Lady of Maryland during her husband's term as Governor from 1880 to 1884. In concert with her daughter Julia Briscoe, she began developing the Hamilton family summer estate "Oak Hill" into a . . . — — Map (db m146013) HM
United States Army Medal of Honor Recipient and Buffalo Soldier
William Othello Wilson, a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 21, 1889, at age 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He was subsequently assigned to the . . . — — Map (db m5755) HM
In the court house that stood on this site Confederate Gen. John McCausland was given $20,000 in cash and all of the suits, hats, shoes, boots, shirts and socks that could be found as ransom upon his threat to burn Hagerstown in July of 1864.
. . . — — Map (db m1934) HM
In 1862 Mobley organized volunteers from Hagerstown to serve in the Civil War, forming Co. A, 7th Maryland Infantry (US). He served as its captain. He was promoted to major in January, 1864 and commanded the regiment in numerous battles. on August . . . — — Map (db m107262) HM
is hereby dedicated to
Edward Oswald, Jr.
(12/5/1896 - 2/22/1986)
Served as City Attorney for 26 years and was actively engaged in the general practice of his profession in this County for almost 60 years.
He was . . . — — Map (db m159783) HM
Boyhood home of Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USN, (1872-1845) of Battle of Lake Erie fame during War of 1812. This National Register property preserved in memory of Mrs. Mary B.K. Bowman. — — Map (db m46719) HM
This site was the location of the Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company and later Fairchild Aircraft Company. Kreider-Reisner was one of America's earlier formal aircraft manufacturing companies and it functioned from 1923 until a few years after it . . . — — Map (db m159786) HM
“Several others who were hidden in houses escaped by donning citizen’s clothing, and Private Anitpas H. Curtis (Company D), while so dressed, had the distinction of saluting General Lee in person.” George G. Benedict in “Vermont in . . . — — Map (db m139863) HM
Combat raged here in the town square and in adjoining city blocks for six hours on Monday, July 6, 1863. Holding Hagerstown was crucial to Gen. Robert E. Lee's retreat to Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg. If the Confederates lost this . . . — — Map (db m6533) HM
The First Hagerstown Hose Company dates to 1815. Its hand pumper was originally housed in a shed located on the north side of St. John's Lutheran Church, one block to your left.
In 1881, the First Hose Company purchased this site and in July, . . . — — Map (db m129351) HM
Performing under her maiden name "Florence MacMichael", Florence Myers (later McCoy) logged a three-decade career as a character actor on stage, screen and television. Known mostly for her work on television, she appeared in many of the dramas and . . . — — Map (db m146041) HM
In loving memory of those who gave their lives in the World Wars 1917-1918 [list of names] 1941-1945 [list of names] In loving memory of those who gave their lives in the Korean Conflict 1950-1953 [list of names] Rededicated by . . . — — Map (db m6528) WM
Gen. Robert E. Lee with Longstreet’s Corps entered Hagerstown Sept. 11, 1862 to make it a base for operations in Pennsylvania. On Sept. 14, 1862 this force hastened to the battle of South Mountain and then to the battlefield of Antietam. — — Map (db m1156) HM
After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through . . . — — Map (db m6531) HM
The most heavily traveled road in Colonial America passed through here, linking areas from the Great Lakes to Augusta, GA. Laid on ancient animal and Native American Trading/Warrior Paths. Indian treaties among the Governors of NY, PA, & VA and the . . . — — Map (db m797) HM
When German immigrant and founder of Hagerstown,
Jonathan Hager, arrived in this country in 1736, western
Maryland area was frontier. Maryland’s colonial governor
was offering cheap land to those willing to settle here. In 1739, Hager obtained . . . — — Map (db m1160) HM
Hager Mill was constructed in 1790 by Daniel Stull and Colonel Nathaniel Rochester and the nearby miller's house has a date stone inscribed 1791. Prior to the Civil War, it was owned by the Hager Family. During the war, Andrew Hager operated this . . . — — Map (db m106780) HM
Third dwelling was built by Jonathan Hager, founder of Hagerstown Maryland, 1762; Captain of Scouts, French and Indian War, 1755–1763; member of the Non-Importation Association and of the Committees of Safety and of Observation, 1775; member . . . — — Map (db m1159) HM
George Bell was the son of William Duffield Bell, developer of South Prospect Street and editor of the Hagerstown
Torchlight newspaper. He grew up in this neighborhood. An 1853 graduate of West Point, Bell served at several posts
in . . . — — Map (db m44835) HM
This building was Congressman Roman's home from the time he purchased it in 1845 until his death in 1867. A prominent member of the Whig Party, Roman was elected to the House of Representatives during the 30th Congress (1847-1849). He declined . . . — — Map (db m45185) HM
William T. Hamilton was born in Boonsboro. He attended the Hagerstown Academy and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. Hamilton passed the bar in 1845 and opened a law practice in Hagerstown. After serving one year in the Maryland Legislature, he was . . . — — Map (db m60558) HM
Many communities in this region boast of stories similar to Frederick's Barbara Fritchie or Middletown's Nancy Crouse, who defied the Confederates during their invasions of Maryland. Hagerstown is no exception.
Although the specific date of . . . — — Map (db m107235) HM
This home was constructed around 1838. During the Civil War, it was the home of Dr. John Absalom Wroe and his family. A native of Virginia, Wroe helped to treat wounded Confederate and union soldiers who were left in the City when the rebel army . . . — — Map (db m107241) HM
Douglas was raised at Ferry Hill Place, on the Maryland side of the Potomac River at Shepherdstown. In 1861, he enlisted in the 2nd Virginia Infantry and fought in the Battle of First Manassas. From April to October, 1862, Douglas was the youngest . . . — — Map (db m107394) HM
A local doctor and father of 11, Charles MacGill (1806-1881) was a co-founder of the Hagerstown Herald and was a major general in the Maryland Militia.
On September 30, 1861, Union troops came to his home to arrest him “on the authority . . . — — Map (db m129169) HM
A native of Virginia, Fairfax served 48 years in the U.S. Navy, including service in the Mexican and Civil Wars. He retired as a Rear Admiral in 1881 and lived here at "The Columns". He rests in Rose Hill Cemetery. Highlights of his career include: . . . — — Map (db m146073) HM
In 1861 Dr. John M. Gaines opened a practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He lived at the Marshall House Hotel, which was owned by stalwart secessionist James W. Jackson who flew a large Confederate flag over his hotel. On May 24, 1861, Union troops led . . . — — Map (db m146081) HM
A Clear Spring native, Kershner was commissioned an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy in September, 1861. His first post was an assistant surgeon aboard USS Cumberland, stationed in the Chesapeake Bay.
On March 8, . . . — — Map (db m159777) HM
Following Jonathan Hager’s arrival in 1739, German and Scots-Irish immigrants settled in Maryland’s Great Valley, developing prosperous farms. By the mid 1790’s,
agriculture was booming and the region needed a way to get its products to market. . . . — — Map (db m6532) HM
The National Road was the first Federally-funded road project authorized by Congress. A gateway to the western frontier, it began in Cumberland and extended to Vandalia, Illinois. Heavily used from the time it opened, it was America's first . . . — — Map (db m148826) HM
The Hagerstown Female seminary, a women’s college founded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church, opened its doors in 1853. Its name was changed in the 1890s to Kee Mar College, and operated at this location until 1911 when the campus was sold to the . . . — — Map (db m129316) HM
The only trolley system to operate in Washington County was started with the creation of the Hagerstown Railway in 1896. It consisted of a loop around the outer edges of town, and crossing lines that ran north-south on Potomac Street and east-west . . . — — Map (db m131874) HM
On July 6th, 1864, Confederate Cavalry General John McCausland and his 1,500 troops demanded a ransom of $20,000 from Hagerstown, or the town would be burned. Three local banks gave up the money, underwritten by the town council. After the war, a . . . — — Map (db m6530) HM
An officer in the Confederate army, Douglas served with distinction on the small personal staff of General “Stonewall” Jackson during the Valley Campaign (1862) which made Jackson a legend in military history. Wounded six times, Douglas . . . — — Map (db m107553) HM
In memory of the the men from Washington County Maryland who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America during the war with Spain, the China Relief Expedition and the Philippine Insurrection. — — Map (db m8139) HM
Jacob Wheaton was born in Middletown, Maryland and moved to Hagerstown in the 1850s. he is believed to be the first African-American to vote in Maryland after the civil war for casting h1s vote in the Hagerstown Mayoral Election of 1868. In 1897, he . . . — — Map (db m107266) HM
Raised in Middletown in Frederick County, Wheaton had a prominent role in the post-civil war civic involvement of African Americans in the state. Contemporary accounts credit Wheaton as the first African American in Maryland to vote when he . . . — — Map (db m107361) HM
Elliott was born in Hagerstown and raised on South Potomac Street. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1804 and rose to the rank of Commodore. He served in the Tripolitan War (1804 -1807) and the events between the American and British navies that led to . . . — — Map (db m107147) HM
The Washington House Hotel was a major stop on the National Pike and served as a hospital at times throughout the Civil War. Prior to organizing his raid on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, John Brown registered under the assumed name of "I. . . . — — Map (db m20846) HM
Principal Hagerstown High School 1926-1946 Educator of youth for thirty-eight years. Leader in character building & academic excellence. Thousands, young & old, benefited by his example & guidance. Memorial erected by students & friends of . . . — — Map (db m6526) HM
In 1906, J. V. Jamison, Sr. and two partners founded the Jones Cold Store Door Company. He soon bought his partners' interest. Over five decades, he and his son, J. V. Jamison, Jr. grew the company (renamed the Jamison Cold Storage Door Company) . . . — — Map (db m107056) HM
Jonathan Hager was the founder of the City of Hagerstown. He was born in Germany and immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1736. In 1739, he purchased 200 acres of land in what is now the western part of Hagerstown and engaged in numerous business ventures. . . . — — Map (db m107144) HM
October 16, 1739, Jonathan Hager took up “Hager’s Fancy” 200 acres in the valley of Antietam Creek. A year later he married Elizabeth Kershner for whom Elizabeth-Town (Hagerstown) was named and established his home here. In 1944 it was . . . — — Map (db m1157) HM
Honoring the men and women of Washington County Maryland who by their service in the United States armed forces aided in stemming the tide of Communist aggression throughout the world — — Map (db m151202) WM
Titcomb began her career in library science in Concord, Massachusetts. in 1901, she became the first director of the newly-created Washington county free library on Summit Avenue. She served for over 30 years. Titcomb was an innovator in county-wide . . . — — Map (db m107092) HM
Mary Titcomb was the first librarian to lead the Washington County Free Library, the first county library chartered in the United States. She was dedicated to seeing that the library was accessible beyond the county seat, so she developed the first . . . — — Map (db m131909) HM
Möller was the founder of some of the most successful businesses in Hagerstown's history. He moved his organ factory to Hagerstown in 1881 and it grew to become the largest in the world. it produced over 11,000 instruments before closing in 1992. in . . . — — Map (db m107055) HM
Frock enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1916. During World War I, he served in France with the 5th Marine Regiment. In June, 1918, he was detached from his company to serve at battalion headquarters. Frock earned two silver star medals for . . . — — Map (db m107259) HM
The Independent Junior Fire Company was formed in 1842. Their firehouse was constructed in 1852 and altered in 1881. During the Civil War, the Juniors' firehouse was used by the U.S. Army for various purposes and served as a field hospital to treat . . . — — Map (db m20768) HM
Before it was transformed into the Mural of Unusual Size, this industrial building operated one of the largest milling institutions in Western Maryland. The operations were so extensive, the mill consumed more grain than the community could produce. . . . — — Map (db m107939) HM
This is the original site of "Mount Prospect," also known as "The Rochester House." Nathanial Rochester built the house in 1789 on ground which once belonged to Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown. The home was used as a "way station" during . . . — — Map (db m20852) HM
Mt. Aetna Furnace, at which this cannon was cast in 1776, was located one mile west along Mt. Aetna Road from its
predecessor Antietam furnace which was along Mt. Lena Road. Numerous records from the Revolutionary period describe
the . . . — — Map (db m45455) HM
During the Civil War period, the area now known as "Oak Hill" was a large estate called "Settled in Time" and was the home of James H. and Sarah Grove. The Groves sold the estate in November 1868 to William T. Hamilton, a former congressman and . . . — — Map (db m146079) HM
"This sculpture is very significant to me. It depicts the importance of transportation to the history of my home county. It is made all the more special because it is installed outside my library in Hagerstown, the place where I dreamed and was . . . — — Map (db m114375) HM
An E-flat clarinetist, Peter Buys joined the U.S. Military
Academy Band in 1893. He joined John Philip Sousa's band in 1912 and became a protégé and friend of that music icon. In 1917, Buys left the Sousa band to become a band director, but he . . . — — Map (db m107095) HM
The existing City Hall was constructed in 1939, replacing the 1818 City Hall on this location. Town Treasurer and City Councilman Matthew Barber negotiated with Confederate General John McCausland regarding the ransom of Hagerstown in 1864. Retreat . . . — — Map (db m20767) HM
This courthouse was built in 1873, replacing the courthouse that stood at this site during the Civil War. In 1864, Confederate General John McCausland met with town officials and the directors of the Hagerstown Bank in the court clerk's office to . . . — — Map (db m20848) HM
Zion Reformed Church was a stronghold for the Confederates on their retreat from Gettysburg on July 6, 1863. General Robert E. Lee passed through Hagerstown during the Confederate occupation following the Battle of Gettysburg. General George . . . — — Map (db m20769) HM
St. John's Lutheran Church was erected in 1795. During the Civil War on July 6, 1863, cavalry of both armies clashed in the streets of Hagerstown from noon until dark. Observers recorded that the streets were full of dead and wounded soldiers and . . . — — Map (db m20855) HM
....North and South Reunited For Eternity
Some of the Civil War notables buried here in Rose Hill Include:
Mary Landon Mason Alexander (1861-1946)- Second wife of Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander. Bvt.
Brigadier . . . — — Map (db m44845) HM
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