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Join Washington County Historical Society as we explore the history of the C&O Canal! We invite participants to register for our walking, cycling, hiking, and sightseeing month-long event. As a host of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit, Water/Ways, WCHS is excited to partner with local businesses and tourism outlets to encourage visitors and residents to get out and enjoy the Canal! Participants will track their walking, cycling, and hiking miles by recording them on their own tracking log or by signing up for a free account with Alltrails. The AllTrails App can be dowloaded for free with any Android or Apple device. If the GPS locator is turned on, the C&O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #3 can be accessed and miles and steps can be recorded. Registration can be completed online and all materials (activity schedules, coupons, maps, trail information, and t-shirts) can be picked up from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Miller House Museum. Additional details will be emailed to all registered participants as the event gets closer. During the event, activities will take place along the Canal to encourage participants to enjoy the beauty surrounding this important waterway. Activities include: children’s activities, guided walking tours, painting workshop by the canal, and […]Find out more »
From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Washington County Historical Society, in cooperation with Maryland Humanities, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view August 31st through October 12th. The Miller House Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by Maryland Humanities to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Maryland from May 2019 through March 2020. “Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.Find out more »
For eleven days in the summer of 1863, the Civil War raged within the borders of Washington County, Maryland. Local towns Hagerstown and Williamsport saw the brunt of the fighting as General Meade's Army of the Potomac drove Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops south across the Potomac River.
Follow in the footsteps of these Civil War combatants 156 years later on our new walking tour, led by local author and historian Stephen Bockmiller.Find out more »
Make your own decorative punched tin lantern from a tin can and learn more about this decorative folk art.Find out more »
Experience thrills and chills on this candlelight tour of the Miller House Museum! Explore the house as you've never seen it before as you learn more about the haunted history of Washington County.Find out more »