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Hager House welcomes families

November 14, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The "do not touch" rule at the Hager House in Hagerstown's City Park was relaxed Saturday for Fall Family Days.

Children who walked through the house wore plastic gloves, making parts of the tour a more hands-on experience, said John Bryan, the city's historic sites facilitator.

Gaela Shoop, a recreation assistant who led tours while dressed in period clothing, said the fee was dropped from $8 to $5 per family this weekend.

Tiger Cub Scouts from Pack 103 in Paramount were among those who visited Saturday. By midafternoon, Shoop said five large groups had gone on tours and two more were expected.

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The 18th-century Hager House belonged to Jonathan Hager, the city's founder.

In the nearby museum building, children made crafts -- tri-cornered hats for boys, bonnets for girls -- and played Colonial games, such as ninepins, which is like bowling, and Quoits, which is like ring toss and horseshoes, Bryan said.

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