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Hagerstown and Washington County is known for its history. Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, it is home to South Mountain State Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield and the July 1863 Battle of Hagerstown.
In addition to history, there is a rich cultural scene and many options for outdoor exploration.
“The region is home to a growing arts community, abundance of outdoor recreation accessible by nationally recognized scenic byways,” said Tiffany Ahalt, director of sales at Visit Hagerstown. “Our central location is perfect for any regional itinerary. Visitors are always pleased with what is new to see and experience.”
Located in beautiful Hagerstown City Park, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the country’s finest small museums. The permanent collection encompasses over 6,500 objects, including paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings and decorative arts. A new art trail leads from the museum and park to a variety of dining options.
Built in 1915, the Maryland Theatre was recently reopened after a full renovation and expansion. An anchor to Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District, the theater is home to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. A variety of regional and national performances take place throughout the year. Groups can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour.
The Cushwa Basin along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Williamsport is the only location along the 174-mile canal path where visitors can view a variety of canal features in one place, including a lift lock, refurbished lock house and a newly watered aqueduct. Canal boat rides are available in the summer.
Stop at the Blue Goose Fruit Market & Bakery. This family-owned and -operated market offers a gift shop with custom floral designs, specialty gifts, gourmet foods and candies, seasonal produce, honey, ciders, jams and a bakery. It’s a must stop for visitors traveling the Historic National Road Scenic Byway.