In 1776, during the Constitutional Convention, Washington County was created from Frederick County, effective on October 1, 1776. Named after the great general and first president of the US, George Washington, it is bounded by Pennsylvania to the north, South Mountain to the east, Potomac River to the south and southwest, and Alegany County to the West.
The county seat of Washington County is Hagerstone, with an approximate population of 147,430 from the US 2010 Census.
Washington County is known for its rich history. Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, it is home to South Mountain State Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield, and the July 1863 Battle of Hagerstown. But Washington County also has a rich cultural scene.
Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Maryland Theater and Performing Arts Complex, offering year-round shows, concerts and events. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra makes it’s home at the theater. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, located in scenic Hagerstown City Park, boasts an outstanding permanent collection with an active schedule of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, and special events for all ages. The Cultural Trail connects our A&E District with City Park and the museums.
Outdoor recreation is one of the most popular reasons people love to come to Washington County. The majority of Maryland’s Appalachian Trail is in our county, running North/South. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River make up or Southern border. With FIVE National Parks, and EIGHT State Parks, there are an abundance of options for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, birding, photography or whatever you like to do outdoors.
Visit our quaint towns of Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hancock, Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, and Williamsport via our Scenic Byways. The journey is the destination, offering country charm, boutique shopping and beautiful wineries and breweries with spectacular vistas.
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