Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitor Bureau, 16 Public Square, Hagerstown, (301) 791-3246, www.marylandmemories.org.
Antietam National Battlefield, routes 34 and 65, Sharpsburg, (301) 432-5124. Dignified and quite lovely now, the Antietam National Battlefield commemorates Sept. 17, 1862, "the bloodiest day of the Civil War." At the end of Gen. Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North, about 41,000 Southerners fought the 87,000-strong Federal Army. Although neither side gained an absolute victory, Lee's failure to continue into the North led President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. The eight-mile driving tour of the battlefield includes Dunker Church, the Cornfield, Bloody Lane, and the Burnside Bridge. The visitors center offers paintings and a movie chronicling the historic battle.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Key St., Hagerstown, (310) 739-5727, www.washcomuseum.org. Established in 1929, this museum contains an eclectic compilation of pieces ranging from Oriental and African art to American paintings to European works to folk art.
French and Indian War Grand Encampment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26-27, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Ford Road, Big Pool, (301) 842-2155. This reenactment of life during the French and Indian War is indeed grand, and the setting is appropriate--Fort Frederick was a key player in Maryland's frontier defense during the war from 1754-'63, and it was a supply base for English military operations. Just like in a movie, period music adds authenticity.
Beaver Creek House, bed and breakfast, 20432 Beaver Creek Road, Hagerstown, (888) 942-9966. Spend a relaxing weekend with beavers.
Ground Squirrel Holler and Llama Retreat, 6736 Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg, (301) 432-8288. Spend a relaxing weekend with squirrels and llamas.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Hagerstown Suns, Municipal Stadium, Hagerstown, (800) 538-9967, www.hagerstownsuns.com. Join the Class A Atlantic League Suns for hot baseball all summer until the last home game Sept. 3.
Monster-Truck Nationals, 8 p.m. July 20-21, Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, (301) 582-0640, www.hagerstownspeedway.com. Monster craziness with trucks the size of New Jersey. Find your cut-off Van Halen T-shirt and spend two straight days screaming and/or cheering.
Shopping for antiques in Washington County is as easy as running into a historic site. They are everywhere you turn. Here are just a few places to find them:
Auction Square Flea Market, 7700-F Old National Pike, Boonsboro, (301) 416-2788.
Beaver Creek Antique Market, 20202 National Pike, Hagerstown, (301) 739-8075, www.beavercreekantiques.com.
Cooper's Shed, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 20512 Beaver Creek Road, Hagerstown, (301) 797-6974.
Hancock Antiques Mall, 266 N. Pennsylvannia Ave., Hancock (hee hee, you said "Hancock"), (301) 739-0145.
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