Hagerstown City Park

September 19, 2005

Hagerstown City Park has many features on which to play, relax, learn and gather. It is only a few blocks from downtown Hagerstown and minutes from local highways.

The fish, ducks and geese that make the lake their home are a favorite with youngsters, and tend to be the subject of photographers and other artists who visit the picturesque park.

Some park locales also have historic significance to the city and beyond.

At the side of City Park is Jonathan Hager's first home in Western Maryland.

The Jonathan Hager House preserves the history not only of Hager and his family, but also the 18th-century German culture he brought to the area.

The house was designed by Hager to be used as a dwelling and a fort against possible Indian attacks. It was built on top of two freshwater springs in 1739.


Robert E. Lee established field headquarters during the Civil War in the Mansion House on the rear hill.

City officials purchased 50 acres of the land formerly known as Heyser's Woods for the citizens of Hagerstown in 1915. The "Heyser Walk" trail winds around the lake and goes up near the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The paved pathways lead you past picnic tables and benches amid tall weeping willows.

The Hager House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $4; seniors, $3; ages 6 to 12, $2; those younger than 6, free.

Behind the Hager House is a one-room museum that holds artifacts found during the renovation of the Hager House in 1962.

A band shell is another feature of the park, and there are three rental pavilions that can be used for family picnics and other functions.

The cost to reserve the band shell is $10 for nonprofit organizations, $50 for all others. Pavilions can be reserved for $45 for city residents, and $65 for noncity residents.

The newest addition to the park is the Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park. The museum features railroad memorabilia, and a rare steam engine and cabooses are open for tours.

The train museum is open between May and September. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

City Park facts

Park hours: Sunrise to sundown.

Cost: Free

Activities: Walking, picnicking, playground equipment, art museum and gallery.

For information: Call 301-739-8577, ext. 169.

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