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How well do you know Downtown Hagerstown?

July 28, 2002|by GINNY FITE

How did you do on our annual landmarks contest?

Eleven readers out of 25 who participated correctly identified all eight landmarks. We randomly selected Jeremy R. Malloy, 22, of Hagerstown from that group.

"What? Wow! That's pretty cool," said Malloy, who has been a service technician at Hagerstown Ford for four years. Malloy will receive $100 for winning the contest and plans to share it with the folks who helped him.

That team includes his girlfriend, Kendra Sasse, and her parents Andy Sasse and Ruth Sasse, and Jeremy's 1-year-old son, Jarred Malloy, who all walked - and in Jarred's case, strollered - around with Malloy to "spy everything out" downtown.

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Last year, Malloy and his friends tackled the landmarks contest set in City Park. This year's contest was harder, he says.

Malloy says the hardest clue to figure out was the skywalk to Washington County Hospital. Luck intervened to give him the answer to clue No. 8 when Ruth Sasse spotted the Rochester House mural in parking lot 2 while driving around town.

Malloy was a paper boy for The Herald-Mail when he was 13. The hardest part of that job was getting up in the morning on the weekends to deliver the paper. He got help then, also. His parents often made those weekend deliveries for him, he confides.

We hope everyone who participated enjoyed discovering downtown's nooks and crannies.

Even if you didn't enter, we hope that the photographs by staff photographers Kevin G. Gilbert and Ric Dugan sparked an interest in visiting the downtown area. Below are the answers along with the original clues.

1. The Groh building on Summit Avenue, formerly the home of the Washington County Library, has those classic Ionic capitals on the columns at the front of the building.

2. The pedestrian overpass with the sculptural bars that can be seen from Antietam Street connects the buildings of Washington County Hospital.

3. Stumped by the Y? It's part of the Beachley name on the smokestack at Beachley Furniture on North Prospect Street.

4. "Bennie" is inscribed on the sidewalk in front of 14 W. Franklin St. For many entrants, this was the most difficult clue to track down.

5. The blue railing is on the stairs leading to the entrance of City Market, also called the Farmer's Market, on Church Street behind the post office.

6. Hebrew letters are inscribed above the door of the Hebrew School on Baltimore Street.

7. The honeycombed aluminum grill is part of the steeple of Christ Reformed Church on W. Franklin Street.

8. The steps and the drain spout are part of a painting of the Rochester House built in the 1790s by Nathaniel Rochester. Rochester was Hagerstown's first postmaster and held other positions locally before going to upstate New York and founding the town of Rochester.

Mindy Marsden at the Washington County Historical Society says the house was also once home to Supreme Court Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and to Victor M. Cushwa. The house was abandoned in the mid-1960s and was later torn down to make way for parking lot 2 at West Washington and South Prospect streets, which is where the mural is.

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