Western Maryland Room

September 19, 2005

The Western Maryland Room at Washington County Free Library is a regional historical research center, Director John Frye said.

The room on the second floor of the library has many local history books, printed in the area or written by local people, Frye said.

Books in the room cover subjects from geology to the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

The room has hundreds of family histories for genealogical research, Frye said.

There are yearbooks for Washington County high schools dating, in some cases, to 1921, city directories dating back to the 1890s and phone books dating to 1907, Frye said.

The Western Maryland Room is home to the county historical inventory of historical properties, with more than 1,400 properties inventoried, Frye said.


Historical property inventories for all of the county's incorporated towns, except Hagerstown, are kept by the research center as well, Frye said.

The collection also includes videos of historical interest, such as lectures, and maps dating to 1754, Frye said.

With rare exceptions, the room's material is to be used in the library, Frye said.

The library is at 100 S. Potomac St., one block south of Public Square.

The Western Maryland Room is open Monday from 2 to 9 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To reach Frye, call 301-739-3250, ext. 158.

If you go ...

Directions: Second floor of Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac St. From Interstate 70, take the U.S. 40 west exit. Drive west into downtown Hagerstown. Turn left onto Potomac Street. The library has a free parking lot off Potomac Street.

Attractions: History books about the area, written by local people or printed in the area, family histories.

Hours: Monday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Telephone: 301-739-3250, ext. 158.

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