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By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
A City Divided Marker
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — A City Divided
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — A City Divided
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Ammon H. Kreider & Lewis E. Reisner
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Anna Spencer Brugh Singer1878-1962 — Artistic And Business Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Antietam Battlefield
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Bench Mark "A"
"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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Bloom Park
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Christian Newcomer Home
Christian Newcomer, 1749-1830, was one of the founders of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the first American-born denomination. He moved to Washington County in 1775 and in his journal described crossing the Allegany Mountains ... . . . — Map (db m6789) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Corporal William Othello Wilson
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Crossroads of HistoryRoute 40 & 11 Cross At This Point
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Edward Mayberry Mobley1825-1906 — Military Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Elliott-Bester House
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Fighting House to House,Yard to Yard
“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 m60557) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — First Battle of HagerstownVicious Fighting in the Streets — Gettysburg Campaign
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — For God and Country
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Gen. Robert E. Lee
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Gettysburg CampaignInvasion & Retreat
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Great Indian Warrior/Trading Path
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hager House and Museum
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hager MillHeart of the Civil War Heritage Area
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hager’s Fancy(Circa 1740)
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstonians In The Civil WarBrevet Brigadier General George Bell, USA 1828 - 1907
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstonians In The Civil WarCongressman James Dixon Roman 1809-1867
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstonians in the Civil WarGovernor William T. Hamilton, 1820-1888
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstonians in the Civil WarMargaret Greenawalt, 1824-1911 Catharine Bonebrake Bowman, 1821-1902
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstonians in the Civil WarDr. John Absalom Wroe, 1817-1874
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstonians in the Civil WarColonel Henry Kyd Douglas, CSA 1838-1903
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — HagerstownBringing Farm Products to Maryland's Great Valley
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Hagerstown Ransomed
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Henry Kyd Douglas1838 - 1903 — Military And Literary Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — In Memory Of1898-1902
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Jacob Francis Wheaton1835-1924 — Civil Rights And Education Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Jacob Wheaton1835-1924
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Jesse Duncan Elliott1782 - 1845 — Military Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — John Brown
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — John D. Zentmyer
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — John V. Jamison, Sr. and John V. Jamison Jr.
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Jonathan Hager1714 1775
Founder of Hagerstown. Co-founder of this church. Buried west of main building. — Map (db m8138) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Jonathan Hager1714 -1775 — Business And Industry Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Jonathan Hager HouseCirca 1740
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Mary Lemist Titcomb1857 - 1932 — Education And Business Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Mason and Dixon Line100th Mile Stone
Maryland-Pennsylvania boundary line. Surveyed and marked 1763-68 by two English astronomers, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon. This is one of the "Crown" stones, set every five miles displaying the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore on south and Penns . . . — Map (db m6107) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Matthias Peter Möller1854 - 1937 — Business And Industry Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Maurice Edward Frock1899-1918
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Military Occupation
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — MillingGrist to the Mill
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Mount ProspectNathanial Rochester House
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Mt. Aetna Cannon
 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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Old Forge Bridge
This three-arch bridge was erected at a cost $2,800 by W. H. Eirely in 1863 over a ford in Antietam Creek. The east arch of this bridge spans a path once used for cattle. A forge, part of a large ironworks operation owned by the Hughes brothers, was . . . — Map (db m6521) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Old Forge Farm
The main block of this house was built in 1762 by Ceorge French. In 1764, it was purchaed by the Hughes family and was Daniel Hughes' home until his death in 1818. He added the wing to the east. Hughes and his borther Samuel were iron manufacturers . . . — Map (db m6535) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — One of Lee’s Ammunition Trains
One of Lee’s ammunition trains was captured here Sept. 15, 1862 by 1200 Federal cavalry under Col. B. F. Davis, escaping from Gen. T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s capture of Harpers Ferry. This loss was felt by the Confederate army at the . . . — Map (db m386) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Peter Buys1881 - 1964 — Entertainment Figure
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Ransom of Hagerstown
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Ransom of Hagerstown
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Retreat from Gettysburg
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Retreat from Gettysburg
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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Rose Hill
Part of an original grant of 10,000 acres known as Conococheague Manor, the mansion house was built early in the 1800's and tradition attributes its design to Benjamin H. Latrobe. It is noted for its Adam woodwork and for its great hall with a . . . — Map (db m7997) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Rose Hill Cemetery
....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
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Second Battle of HagerstownCuster Captures the Town — Gettysburg Campaign
Six days had passed since the Federals had failed in their first attempt to seize Hagerstown as they pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate army retreating to Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg. On Sunday morning, July 12, 1863, a decisive . . . — Map (db m6534) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Shenandoah Valley Railroad
The Shenandoah Valley Railroad was chartered in 1870 to connect the Pennsylvania (Cumberland Valley) Railroad at Hagerstown, with Virginia and Tennessee Railroad in Salem, Virginia. The line was connected to this point in 1880. A large . . . — Map (db m45693) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — St. John's Church
Construction was begun in August of 1872 with the cornerstone being laid on September 4, 1872. Opening services were held on October 11, 1875. Cruciform in shape and Gothic in style, the structure is made of native blue hammered limestone . . . — Map (db m20861) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — The Cumberland Valley Railroad
The first railroad to serve Hagerstown was the Franklin Railroad (F.R.R.). The City of Hagerstown invested $20,000 in this venture. The F.R.R. connected Hagerstown to the Cumberland Valley Railroad (C.V.R.R.) which ran from Chambersburg to . . . — Map (db m45598) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — The Harmon Hotel
The Harmon Hotel stood here, one of more than 40 properties owned by Walter Harmon (1869-1915), a local African-American businessman who amassed a fortune in real estate. A McGaheysville, VA native, Harmon had 10 children and 20 grandchildren. Most . . . — Map (db m5675) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — The Last Confederate Incursion North of the Potomac River
On July 29, 1864, elements of Cole's Maryland Cavalry (Union) battled Brigadier General John C. Vaughn's cavalry brigade of Early's command for three hours in the streets of Hagerstown. By late afternoon, the Marylanders retreated north to . . . — Map (db m20856) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — The Long Meadow
Originally patented 1739 to Col. Thomas Cresap. Acquired 1746 by Daniel Dulany. Sold 1763 to Col. Henry Bouquet. Left by his will to Col. Haldimand. Acquired 1773 by Gen. Jos. Sprigg. Purchased 1789 by Thos. Hart, partner of Nathaniel Rochester . . . — Map (db m8137) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — The Ransom of Hagerstown
The Hagerstown Bank stood at this site until it was demolished in the mid-1930s. The current Hagerstown Trust Bank is a direct descendant of the Hagerstown Bank. The bank's Board of Directors, led by President James Dixon Rodman, took the lead in . . . — Map (db m20837) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — This Bronze Cannon
This bronze cannon was made at Douai France in 1751, by Berenger the great gun manufacturer, for the House of the Bourbons. After many travels and vicissitudes, it was discovered mounted in defence of Fort Morro Santiago, Cuba. Upon the surrender of . . . — Map (db m8140) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Thomas Kennedy(1776-1832)
The Maryland Constitution in 1818 maintained religious test requirements that effectively prohibited Jews from being elected to state office. Kennedy, a Scottish Presbyterian immigrant, was elected to the House of Delegates in 1817 from Washington . . . — Map (db m8141) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Thomas Kennedy1776 - 1832 — Civil Rights Figure
An advocate of religious liberty, Thomas Kennedy was born in Scotland and immigrated to America in 1795. He was elected to represent Hagerstown in the Maryland legislature in 1817 and served on a committee tasked with considering removing the . . . — Map (db m107053) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Treatment of the Wounded
Local Physician,Dr. Norman Bruce Scott, attended to Confederate and Federal wounded in the Franklin Hotel, which stood at this site during the Civil War. After the Battles of Antietam and Gettysburg, the military treated the wounded in private . . . — Map (db m20773) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Treatment of the Wounded
The Rochester House stood on this site until its demolition in the mid-1950s. During the Civil War, it was the home of Mrs. Frances Howell Kennedy, widow of Dr. Howard Kennedy. From the beginning of the War, Mrs. Kennedy provided food and comfort to . . . — Map (db m20853) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — United States Colored Troops
The Robert Moxley Band was a group of African-American musicians, mostly local slaves, who formed a military-style brass band in the years before the Civil War. The band held regular concerts in what is now Jacob Wheaton Park. In 1863 the U.S. . . . — Map (db m107363) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Washington Confederate Cemetery
The State of Maryland has provided this cemetery, and erected this monument, to perpetuate the memory of the Confederate dead, who fell in the Battles of Antietam and South Mountain. The State of Virginia, has contributed toward the burial of her . . . — Map (db m12203) HM WM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Washington Confederate Cemetery
Immediately after the Civil War, Union casualties in the Frederick-Washington County areas were re-interred at a new National Cemetery at Sharpsburg. Yet no provisions were made to provide decent burial for thousands of hastily-buried . . . — Map (db m44898) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Washington County Courthouse
This is Washington County's third courthouse. When the county was established in 1776, the first courthouse, a combination building that served also as a market house, was built in the middle of the town square, one block east of here. It proved too . . . — Map (db m6094) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Washington County JailFugitive Slaves Detained at the County Jail
An African American Heritage Report prepared by the Heritage Resources Group for the City of Hagerstown in 2002 identified the following historical incidents which suggest that the Washington County Jail was a significant site of activity along the . . . — Map (db m5676) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Washington County Jail
The first building used as the Washington Country Jail was a log house at 26-28 E. Franklin Street in Hagerstown. In 1818, the state legislature authorized the county to spend $12,000 to build a new jail. The new jail was built on this site on . . . — Map (db m5677) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — West Baltimore Street
The development and use of this area was heavily influenced by the presence of two rail yard areas owned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Western Maryland Railroad. Hood Street was named after John Mifflin Hood, a former Confederate army . . . — Map (db m108046) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — William Othello Wilson1867 - 1928 — Military Figure
Born and raised in Hagerstown, Wilson enlisted in the 9th U.S. Cavalry (“Buffalo Soldiers”) in 1889. on December 30,1890 (the day after the battle of Wounded Knee), Corporal Wilson was in a party escorting a supply train when they . . . — Map (db m107094) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — William Preston Lane, Jr.1892 - 1967 — Political And Civil Rights Figure
William Preston Lane was elected Maryland's attorney general in 1930. When local officials did not act, he personally supervised the investigation of a lynch mob in Somerset county. Although prosecution was unsuccessful, it was the last lynching . . . — Map (db m107093) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — William Thomas Hamilton1820 - 1888 — Political And Business Figure
A leading businessman and attorney, Hamilton served on the boards of nearly every major business and public improvement in Hagerstown in the mid-19th century, including efforts to improve the city's streets, water supply and public works. When . . . — Map (db m107146) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Willow Lane Park
The school campus was the location of Willow Lane Park in the early 20th Century. It was here that a stadium was constructed to serve as a home to Hagerstown's "Class D" minor league baseball teams. The teams were part of the "Blue Ridge . . . — Map (db m46024) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Wilson BridgeLink Between East and West
Built in 1819, this five-arch structure, named for nearby village, was first stone bridge in Washington County. Erected by Silas Harry at cost of $12,000, it was a major improvement to road system between Baltimore and Cumberland, providing . . . — Map (db m697) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Wilson BridgeStanding the Test of Time
“Keep these bridges in proper repair and they will last as long as any. They have stood many hard knocks for a long time.” —Elmer E. Piper, Washington County Surveyor, 1920s. This graceful, five-arch structure, . . . — Map (db m698) HM
Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — Zion Evangelical and Reform Church
December, 1770 - A congregation of German-Swiss refugees organized The First German Reformed Church in Elizabeth Town, Canageschik, Fredrich County, Province of Mereland. The first pastor was Jacob Weimer. Land was acquired from Jonathan Hager, Jr. . . . — Map (db m20770) HM

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