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Please take some time to read our old stories posts. There have been many historic moments in Hagerstown's past that have been documented by a few generous volunteers from our community. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our special little community.

June 29, 2018

Flying Circus

Imagine a 4,000-foot runway, long enough to accommodate a commercial jet. Now imagine that runway made entirely of grass – a smooth stretch of green covering nearly a mile of flat landscape. Add forty-some vintage airplanes from World War II or earlier to that image. Populate the scene with pilots showing off their aircraft to  … Read more

June 27, 2018

A Grassroots Network

Made up of organizations, individuals, volunteers and local leaders, The Heart of Hagerstown represents a unique and diversified group of people working together in an effort to breathe new life into this place we all call home. The Heart of Community Recognizing that a community is only as strong as its core, The Heart of  … Read more

August 20, 2014

Sister City Connection a Cause for Jubilation

Mike Keifer has some amazing observations to take back to Maryland after an action-packed visit to the only other Hagerstown in the United States. He certainly can tell how he was impressed by eating at the iconic Willie & Reds and how he was warmly greeted by hundreds of new brothers and sisters. He can  … Read more

August 11, 2014

A Tale of Two Hagerstowns

Call it the unique tale of two Hagerstowns. The towns in Maryland and Indiana share a lot more than the same name. Both are located near Interstate 70 and the Old National Road. Both have nearby DOT Foods plants and downtowns that are in stages of rebirth. Both have storied histories in pioneering and the  … Read more

January 24, 2013

The Volunteers Behind a Successful Community

There are those who wish to help others, and in doing so change lives, including their own. Volunteering is about giving back. Those who dedicate their time, energy and skills to a community work hard to improve the quality of life for those around them and to provide a meaningful and positive place to live. Residents  … Read more

August 22, 2012

Famous Restaurant Makes A Comeback

We discovered a lot about ourselves when Willie & Red’s – and a whole section of our historic downtown – faced destruction on June 23. We discovered that we have caring citizens and neighbors. We discovered that we have an exceptional volunteer fire department and extraordinary disaster preparedness. We discovered an unshakeable passion for our  … Read more

August 10, 2012

New Leaders

People are important here. That’s the mantra of Dr. Bill Doering in his new role as superintendent of Nettle Creek Schools. “It’s an honor to be a leader,” said the longtime educator. “They have placed a great responsibility for me in their children and their community. Leaders are important here. Therefore, it’s an extremely important  … Read more

Hagerstown on the Move

Hagerstown is on the move. A favorite cafe and a long-standing pharmacy move down a block. A charming inn makes its debut. A friendly couple takes charge of a famous candy factory. And a gun shop opens up on the outskirts of town. Yes, our town is on the move and we have the inside  … Read more