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Museum Ramble features 19 sites

April 27, 2011

Washington County's eighth annual Museum Ramble will be Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. The Ramble includes 19 local museums and historic sites, many offering special programs and opening their doors free of charge.

The Museum Ramble brochure includes a detailed list of participating sites with a map. The guide is available at the Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. It can also be viewed online at museumramble.marylandmemories.org.

Museums and sites participating in the Ramble include:

Boonsborough Museum of History (301-432-6969), 113 N. Main St., Boonsboro — One of Washington County's most eclectic historical collections. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum (301-432-8039), corner of North Main Street and Shafer Park Drive. Built in 1902 and used until 1938. Open Sunday only.

 Bowman House and Boonsboro Historical Society (301-432-8410), 323 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Open hearth cooking, herb garden, candle making, pottery demonstrations and house tours. Open Sunday only.

C&O Canal-Cushwa Basin (301-582-0818) Williamsport. Park rangers will lead tours of Cushwa Basin and a lockhouse. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Discovery Station and Hagerstown Aviation Exhibit (301-790-0076), 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. A hands-on learning museum. Open Saturday only.

Fort Frederick State Park (301-842-2155), off Interstate 70 exit 12 — Featuring 18th-century Market Fair, with crafts-people and an encampment. Fee is $5 for adults, $2 for children. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park. Newly repainted Western Maryland cabooses. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum (301-739-4665), 300 S. Burhans Blvd., (U.S. 11), Hagerstown. Large display of working model trains in the four-state area plus outdoor refurbished rolling stock.

 Hagerstown's Historic City Farmers' Market (301-739-8577 ext. 190), 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown. Market doors open Saturday only.

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center (301-432-6402), Newcomer House, Antietam National Battlefield, East of Sharpsburg on Md. 34. Interpretive exhibits on battlefield and the home front. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Jonathan Hager House and Museum (301-739-8393), City Park, Hagerstown — Original home of Hagerstown's founder. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 The Mansion House Art Center (301-797-6813) City Park, Hagerstown — A Georgian-style house was built in 1843, it serves as a gallery. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 Miller House and Washington County Historical Society (301-797-8782), 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Exhibits of Bell pottery, doll and toy collection, antique taxi. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Pry House Field Hospital Museum (301-695-1865 or 800-564-1864), 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. Exhibits on the Union Army's field hospital system. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 Sharpsburg Historical Society (301-992-9767) Sharpsburg Town Hall, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg. Displays, documents and family histories. Open Saturday only.

 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (301-739-5727) 401 Museum Drive, City Park, Hagerstown. Exhibits include 19th-century American art and the public school art exhibition for elementary students. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 Washington County Rural Heritage Museum (240-313-2839), 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, south of Interstate 70 — Two museum buildings show pre-1940 artifacts, implements and exhibits. Open Saturday and Sunday.

 Washington Monument State Park and Museum, and South Mountain State Battlefield (301-791-4767).  The Washington Monument atop South Mountain near Boonsboro honors President George Washington.

 Williamsport Town Museum (301-223-5854 or 301-223-7229), 14 Springfield Lane, Williamsport. Historical displays include Williamsport memorabilia, the 1936 flood, the Civil War and other topics. Open Sunday only, 1 to 4 p.m.

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