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Historian to speak

July 26, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Local Civil War historian and author Timothy R. Snyder will be the guest speaker Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ferry Hill Plantation across the river from Shepherds-town, W.Va. 

Snyder, author of “Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the Civil War,” will discuss how the Civil War affected boatmen along the C&O Canal.

The informal talk is a part of the Ferry Hill Sunday Circles series and will take place on the porch of the Ferry Hill house, a 19th century plantation house that sits atop a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and historic Shepherdstown.

Henry Kyd Douglas, author of “I Rode with Stonewall,” is Ferry Hill’s most famous resident and is well-known as Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s youngest staff officer during the Civil War.

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The house is open each week, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-August.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair.

For more information, call 301-582-0813.

Sharpsburg to be featured in Miller House exhibit

The Washington County Historical Society will highlight Sharpsburg, the oldest town in Washington County, as the town of Sharpsburg celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Sharpsburg will be featured in a special exhibit which will open Saturday, Aug. 17, and run through September at the Miller House in Hagerstown. 

The Sharpsburg Historical Society invites those who have items relating to Sharpsburg’s history to share those items for the exhibit.

Artifacts, photographs, maps, and documents that deal with the town, the buildings, the industries, the families, and the canal are welcome.

For more information, call 301-992-9767.

Red Cross blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Friday at St. James Catholic Church at the corner of Ford and Main streets in Boonsboro from 1 to 7 p.m. 

The Red Cross is in need of all blood types

Hot dogs, chili, drinks, and homemade desserts will be available for free.

Senior site news

Manager Martha Drennen will talk about “Sweet Potato Nutrition — Six Amazing Facts” Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Southeastern Senior Center in Keedysville.

Marcia Davies will conduct exercises Friday.

The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Martha at 301-432-5624. 

Farm of the Year nominations sought

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission is accepting nominations for the 2013 Washington County Farm of the Year.

The award application is open to all farms in Washington County, at least 5-acres in size. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 9.

For information or to obtain an application, go to http://hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing or call Leslie Hart at 7303 Sharpsburg Pike or call 301-432-4782 (office), 301-573-7039 (cell) or send an email to lhart@hagerstownedc.org.

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Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be called to Harry Nogle at 301-432-2437 or emailed to umterp72@gmail.com.

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