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Museums

September 19, 2005

  • Antietam National Battlefield


Md. 65, Sharpsburg.

Visitors center is open daily. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; from Labor Day through Memorial Day, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The battlefield is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The park is open daily until dark.

Admission is $4 per person and $6 per family.

For more information, call 301-432-5124 or go to www.nps.gov/anti.




  • Boonsborough Museum of History


113 N. Main St., Boonsboro.

Open Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. from May through September, or by appointment.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. Group discounts are available.

The museum has Civil War relics from local battlefields, reconstructed 1900-era cabinetmakers' shop and country store, rare books, historical local and Oriental ceramics, and other early artifacts.

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For more information, call 301-432-6969.




  • C&O Canal National Historical Park


  • Hancock site


326 E. Main St., Hancock

Open Friday through Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations are welcome.

The site includes photos, memorabilia and models of canal boats and canal history.

For more information, call 301-678-5463




  • Williamsport site


205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The site includes photos, memorabilia and models of canal boats and canal history.

For more information, call 301-582-0813.

For more information about the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, visit www.nps.gov/choh.

  • Doleman Black History Museum


540 N. Locust St., Hagerstown.

Museum undergoing renovations. Once completed, the museum once again will be open by appointment only and admission still will be free.

The museum contains four rooms of artifacts, documents and other items pertaining to the lives of blacks in Washington County.

For more information, call 301-739-8185.




  • Fort Frederick


11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool, one mile south of Exit 12 off Interstate 70.

Open 8 a.m. to sunset every day from April through October; 11 a.m. to sunset every day from November through March.

Admission is free to Fort Frederick State Park, except on special-event weekends, when admission costs $4 per person and is free for children in car seats or strollers. To enter the fort, admission is $3 for adults and $2 for ages 6 to 12.

A stone-walled fort was built in 1756 to protect frontier settlers during the French and Indian War. The fort also has interpretive displays and living history displays.

For more information, call 301-842-2155 or visit www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/fortfrederick.html.




  • Gathland Museum


Gapland Road, off Md. 67, one mile east of Gapland.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week from April 1 through mid-September and on weekends through Nov. 1.

Admission is free.

Exhibits present the life of Civil War correspondent George Alfred Townsend.

For more information, call 301-371-4575. To arrange tours for schools or other groups, call Al Preston at 301-432-0452.




  • The Hager House


110 Key St., City Park.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and $1 for ages 6 to 12.

The house is a German-style stone house built in 1739 by Hagerstown founder Jonathan Hager. The house contains period furnishings.

For more information, call 301-739-8393, send e-mail to hagerhouse@hagerstownmd.org or visit www.hagerhouse.org.




  • Hagerstown Aviation Museum


Inside Discovery Station at Hagerstown Inc.

101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission, part of cost for Discovery Station, is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and members of the military, $6 for children between 2 and 17, and free for children younger than 2.

Opened in July, the museum highlights - through a series of photographs, models and other material - the 70-year history of aviation and aviation-related manufacturing in the Hagerstown area.

Web site: www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org.

For more information, contact museum President Kurtis Meyers at 717-377-3030 or Discovery Station at 301-790-0076.




  • Hagerstown Railroad Museum


525 Highland Way, opposite Mansion House Art Center, Hagerstown.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission is free.

The museum, with its centerpiece 1912 Steam Locomotive Engine used by the Western Maryland Railroad Co., was opened in May after decades of careful restoration work by railroad enthusiast John Long.

The son of a brakeman and conductor for the railroad company, Long amassed much of the collection over the decades and sought through the museum to create a venue for residents to reflect upon the role the railroad industry played in the development of Hagerstown. Long carefully restored the steam engine over two decades. In addition to it, the museum features a variety of railroad-related memorabilia, including equipment used by the Western Maryland Railroad.

Of special interest are an 1885 Pump Car and an 1875 Velocipede.

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