Historical Maryland

I’ve marked lots of places on my Vacation Success wanna-go list. I didn’t know until today that Hagerstown, MD would be on the list.  Settled in Western Maryland on the West Virginia and Pennsylvania borders, it is a unique town, with a community proud to call it home.

As an added bonus, the Antietam National Battlefield site on the outskirts of town commemorating the battle of Antietam in September 1862.  It was one of the most bloodiest battles in the fight for the Union.  According to the National Parks Service,

“23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.”

If you lucky enough to be passing through on your way to D.C. or Baltimore, spend an evening in Hagerstown.

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Take an early evening stroll through the park. Listen to live music playing in the pavilion. Watch the little kids feed the ducks. Pass by the sweet couples perched on a bench overlooking the lake.

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