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Two museums in Hagerstown's City Park prepare to reopen

Hager House and the Railroad Museum will open for the season Saturday

April 12, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Both the Hager House (pictured) and the Railroad Museum will open for the season on Saturday, city Recreation Coordinator Andy Hoffman said.
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After some schedule tweaks, two museums in Hagerstown’s City Park will be reopened to visitors this weekend.

Both the Hager House and the Railroad Museum will open for the season on Saturday, city Recreation Coordinator Andy Hoffman said.

“We’re super excited that we’re opening up, and summer is right around the corner,” Hoffman said.

The museums will have regular hours every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made throughout the rest of the week.

“The Hager House tour has been redesigned, allowing for visitors to visit at their own pace,” Hoffman said. “We’ve added a few new exhibits in both the (Hager) house and our (Railroad) museum, along with a gift shop.”

Rumors circulated over the winter that the museums might close, but Hoffman said there would be only a change in scheduling to maximize attendance and align the museums’ hours with other traditional events in Hagerstown.

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There were never any plans to close either museum, he said.

“This is our hometown,” Hoffman said. “If we don’t know where we come from, we don’t know where we’re going .... When history is gone, you could never get it back.”

The Hager House this year will host two Hager Fairs that will feature trade shows for period-based items, such as woodworking, candle-making, iron forging, pewter work and more, he said. They will run in conjunction with Colonial and Pre-Revolutionary encampments.

The Hager House, built in 1740 as the home of Hagerstown’s founder, Jonathan Hager, also will host the Civil War encampment during the First Call Weekend on June 16 and 17 and will be open to ghost tours during Halloween.

Located about 500 yards away from the Hager House at City Park, the Railroad Museum will again host Railroad Heritage Days on May 20 and 21, with a trolley available to shuttle visitors between the city’s museum and the Roundhouse Museum on South Burhans Boulevard, Hoffman said.

“We are also planning a visit from Thomas the Train in August, and will be releasing more information as it solidifies,” Hoffman said.

Both museums will be open during the Museum Ramble on April 30 and May 1, he said.

Other events this summer include two community yard sales on April 14 and Oct. 13, the latter held in conjunction with Harvest Hoedown, Hoffman said. Both will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the stable area of Fairgrounds Park.

A limited number of spaces for the yard sales are available at $20 each, Hoffman said.

The city-owned Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run nine-hole golf course also opened to the public in mid-March. An official grand opening to welcome its new renovated clubhouse is scheduled for early May.

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