Founded in 1792 by Jonathan Hager, an entrepreneur and politician, Hagerstown grew quickly and became the city center for all kinds of transportation from covered wagon to Native American trade routes to nearby river navigation to a growing railroad industry.
Earning the nickname “Hub City”, Hagerstown today is bustling with the best of history, culture, specialty shops and dining. Hagerstown was Maryland’s first designated Arts & Entertainment District and offers a variety of performances and exhibits from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, The Maryland Theater, the Washington County Fine Art’s Museum.
Whether you’re in the mood for casual or fine dining, local restaurants offer tastes for every palette. You’ll find cuisine from around the world that includes Hagerstown’s German heritage as well as Mexico, Panama, Italy and Thailand. Experience and enjoy local favorites like the “Lettuce-less Salad” and “The Burkinator”.
With 19 city parks, the C&O Canal Towpath, the Historic National Road and downtown events like the Western Maryland Blues Festival, Augustoberfest and Wind Down Downtown there is always something to do in Hagerstown’s Main Street.