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The Cities and communities of Washington County, Maryland *

Beaver Creek, Big Pool, Boonsboro

Cavetown, Cearfoss, Chewsville, Clear Spring

Downsville

Fairplay, Fountainhead-Orchard Hills , Fort Ritchie, Funkstown

Hagerstown (County Seat), Halfway, Hancock , Highfield-Cascade, Huyett

Indian Springs

Keedysville

Leitersburg

Maugansville, Mercersville, Mount Aetna, Mount Lena

Paramount-Long Meadow, PenMar

Robinwood, Rohrersville

Saint James, San Mar, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg

Van Lear

Weverton, Williamsport

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Washington County, Maryland


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Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Government

Washington County Website

Hagerstown is the County Seat.

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Population:

1990 -121,393
2000 - 131,923
2007 - 145,113

Housing Units:
2000 - 52,972

Density:
2000 - 288 persons per square mile
2007 - 317 persons per square mile

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Location:

Washington County is located in the northwestern portion of the state of Maryland in what is known as the Panhandle area of the state.

Neighboring areas:
Northwest - Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Northeast - Franklin County, Pennsylvnia
East - Frederick County
Southeast - Loudoun County, Virginia
South - Berkeley County, West Virginia
South - Jefferson County, West Virginia
Southwest - Morgan County West Virginia
West - Allegany County

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Climate:

Climate summary for the Hagerstown area

Average Annual Maximum Temperature: 64.3 degrees F.
Average Annual Minimum Temperature: 43.3 degrees F.

Average Annual Precipitation: 37.98 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 25.7 inches

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Other Facts and Figures:

Washington County Flag

Median household income:
2000 - $40,617

Per Capita income:
2000 - $20,062

Median age:
2000 - 37.4 years

Median house or condo value
2000 - $113,500
2007 - $242,000

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History:

In 1696 the western part of Maryland was incorporated into Prince George's County. That county would eventually be turned in six. The first to break off was Frederick County in 1748. Washginton County was established on 1 October1776 and named for George Washington, who, at the time, was a Revolutionary War Hero. He later became our nation's first president. This was the first county in the entire country to be named for George Washington though many have been named such since that time. The county has many important historical sites. Among them are: A fort built in 1756 during the French and Indian War, A city founded by a German immigrant in 1762, the Antietam Battlefield where 23,000 were killed or wounded in 1862, and many others places of significance in our nation's history. The county has 3 National Parks, 7 State Parts, 14 County Parks and 24 stone arch bridges that were built between 1819 and 1863. Montgomery County was split from Frederick County around the same time Washington County was created. Allegany County was taken from Washington in 1789.

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Geography:

Total area: 468 square miles
Land area: 458 square miles
Water area: 9 square miles

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Genealogy:

Washington County GenWeb page for the county
The Political Graveyard for Washington County
Cemeteries of Washington County
My Maryland Genealogy for the county

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Libraries:

Washington County Free Library

Western Maryland's Historical Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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Schools:

Washington County Public Schools
820 Commonwealth AVenue
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Phone: 301-766-2800

Antietam Bible College

Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742

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Economy:

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission

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Organizations & Groups

Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
16 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740 Call: 301-791-3246
Toll-free: 888-257-2600

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce
28 West Washington Street, Suite 200
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Phone: 301-739-2015

Humane Society of Washington County

Washington County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1281
Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741
Phone: (301) 797-8782

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Attractions & Other Information

Stone Arch Bridges in the county

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Hagerstown Suns, Class A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club

Augustoberfest pays tribute to the area's German heritage

Parks in Washington County

Western Maryland Blues Fest

Antietam National Battlefield -The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862.

Washington CountyRural Heritage Museum
7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Phone: 240-420-1713

Hagerstown Municipal Band

Maryland Symphony
30 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-797-4000

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