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July 03, 2012
  • This photo looks like a scene from Colonial times, but was taken only 36 years ago at the opening of the Bicentennial Shoppe on West Franklin Street in downtown Hagerstown in November, 1975. The store was open through 1976, the year the nation celebrated its 200th birthday. Among the items for sale included full Colonial costumes for men, women and children, along with other bicentennial-themed clothing items, coins and souvenirs. The shop also served as the headquarters for Washington Countys observance of the bicentennial, highlighted by Rediscover America  A Bicentennial Remembrance, more than a week of special events centered around the Fourth of July. The events were sponsored by the Exchange Club of Hagerstown Foundation, in cooperation with the Washington County Bicentennial Committee. Pictured in the foreground in colonial garb are William Fielder and Robert P. Bohman. At left are Jesse L. Kagle and Luther Phillips.
Photo courtesy of Robert F. Ziegler

This photo looks like a scene from colonial times, but was taken only 36 years ago at the opening of the Bicentennial Shoppe on West Franklin Street in downtown Hagerstown in November 1975.

The store was open through 1976, the year the nation celebrated its 200th birthday.

Among the items for sale included full colonial costumes for men, women and children, along with other bicentennial-themed clothing items, coins and souvenirs.

The shop also served as the headquarters for Washington County’s observance of the bicentennial, highlighted by “Rediscover America — A Bicentennial Remembrance,” more than a week of special events centered around the Fourth of July.

The events were sponsored by the Exchange Club of Hagerstown Foundation, in cooperation with the Washington County Bicentennial Committee.

Pictured in the foreground in colonial garb are William Fielder and Robert P. Bohman. At left are Jesse L. Kagle and Luther Phillips.

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