Nestled between limestone ridges in western Maryland, Hagerstown was founded in 1762 and is the county seat of Washington County. Many of its oldest buildings are made from the same Stonehenge limestone that surrounds Maryland’s sixth largest city.
H-Town, as it’s informally called, was a key strategic location on the border between the North and South. After the Civil War, it earned another nickname, “Hub City,” which came from the railroads and roads that came to and through Hagerstown. Today, that name has evolved to GigaHub City – a nod to Hagerstown’s rich history and its technological advances offering residents the latest in fiber-optic Internet technology with speeds up to 1,000 megabits – or 1 GIG – per second.
In addition to state-of-the-art technology for its residents and businesses, Hagerstown offers natural beauty and renowned culture. From the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and Antietam National Battlefield, to Hagerstown City Park, there is no shortage of options for enjoying nature and history. Hagerstown is also the home of the Maryland Theatre. Built in 1915, it serves as the home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, in addition to numerous other events and performances.
Here are a few of the many things to do and see in Hagerstown: