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You have enjoyed a wonderful winter break in Florida and now it is time to start home. Our viewers have suggested these stops along the way.

 
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Hagerstown was founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager, a gunsmith, fur trader, farmer and politician. After settling he quickly increased his wealth and expanded his land holdings acquiring over 10,000 acres which he used to layout plans for the town. It was originally named Elizabethtowne, in honor of his wife, but was later changed to Hagerstown in his honor.

Hagerstown was situated at the crossroads of the “Warrior Trading Path,” the Eastern Native American North / South Trading Route, which is modern day Route 11 and the First National Road, now Route 40. The town grew quickly and was a prized location for transportation of all kinds from covered wagon to nearby river navigation.

A Time of Change: The Introduction of the Railroad
The 19th Century marked the arrival of the railroad to the area in 1834. This, perhaps more than any other factor, spurred the growth of Hagerstown into the city we know today. The nickname “Hub City” comes from the way all the railroad lines running into to Hagerstown resembled the spokes of a wagon wheel on the map. The Western Maryland, the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) all supplied these “spokes." Railroading grew as an industry and was the main driver of the local economy well into the 20th Century. Although passenger service has ceased, freight still rolls through Hagerstown everyday.

Hagerstown Today
Today, in keeping with its rich history the “Hub City” sits at the crossroads of two major interstates I-70 and I-81. It serves as gateway to the Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area as well as the “hub” of government, commerce and recreation for the tri-state area.

One of Hagerstown’s most valuable resources is its network of parks and recreational facilities. From quiet and historic City Park, to the active recreational opportunities at Fairgrounds Park, to the family-oriented amenities at Pangborn Park and Hager Park, residents have a range of facilities to enjoy. Join the fun watching the Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium, play a round of golf at Hagerstown Greens, participate in one of the many special events at our parks or ride on the City’s expanding network of bicycle routes.

Hagerstown Municipal Stadium Hagerstown MD
Hagerstown Railroad Museum & Engine 202 Hagerstown MD
Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown MD
Hagerstown Suns Baseball Hagerstown MD
Hub Opera Ensemble Hagerstown MD
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Hagerstown MD
Maryland Theatre Hagerstown MD
Mason Dixon Dragway Boonsboro MD
Rose Hill Cemetery of Hagerstown Hagerstown MD
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Wash. Co. Assoc. of Museums & Historical Sites Hagerstown MD
Washington County Arts Council Gallery Hagerstown MD
Washington County Historical Society Hagerstown MD
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater Hagerstown MD

Savannah, Georgia - Established in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County.

Savannah has a pedestrian-friendly layout and is an abundant city to visit any time of year, with activities for everyone to indulge in. From architectural tours, music and food festivals, to art exhibits and Civil War re-enactments, Savannah brims with all kinds of events to excite and entertain. Trolley Tours are available and provide an easy way to enjoy the Savannah Historic District.

 

Richmond, Virginia - Discover history, adventure and an easily accessible location in the Historic Richmond Region. Here, more than 400 years of American history live on through magnificent architecture, monument-lined cobblestone streets, and world-class museums.

 

New York, New York - Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion and finance. The city’s 5 boroughs sit where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, with the island borough of Manhattan at the “Big Apple's" core.

 

Boston, Massachusetts - Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding.

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