Downtown Historic District
The Downtown Historic District in the City's center features a showcase of
late nineteenth and early twentieth century residential and commercial buildings.
The downtown area is home to City and County governments, the Maryland Theatre, the Washington County
Public Library, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, as well as specialty shops, offices,
and restaurants. The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, a public high school in renovated historic theater, offers specialized programs for students, grades 9-12, including instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance, visual and literary arts.
this area is predominantly row house style, with a variety of other
townhouses and apartments. The two main streets, Washington and Franklin,
have been enhanced with brick-lined intersections, trees, garden
beds, and expanded parking facilities. Potomac Street features widened sidewalks and outdoor dining. Numerous historic churches serve
downtown, and St.
Mary's parochial elementary school lies within Downtown.
Moving east from downtown, the Potomac-Broadway neighborhood offers a
variety of large houses sitting on spacious lots. The area contains a
number of middle-size and large nineteenth century homes with historic
significance, as well as more modest houses and duplexes, attractive
apartments, and urban townhomes.
Just to the north lies the Jonathan
Street neighborhood. Comprised mostly of
smaller mixed-type homes, this tightly knit community includes nine
churches, a playground, Wheaton
Park, and a community
The Fairgrounds neighborhood contains compact, mature homes, including a
smaller area of well-maintained historic row houses. Do-it-yourselfers will
love the historic homes' potential to be converted into large single-family
dwellings. The City of Hagerstown's 68-acre Fairgrounds Recreation Park
lies within this neighborhood and is currently being redeveloped as a
multi-use recreational and community activity open space. This past year,
the City of
Hagerstown resurrected its annual Fourth of July celebration with
concerts and a fireworks display at the Park. With an ice rink, sports
fields, BMX track, walking trails, and picnic areas, the new Fairgrounds Park offers residents ample opportunity
to get outside and play!
Extending eastward from the Fairgrounds is the Pangborn neighborhood,
bounded by Hamilton Run and the City's northeast boundary. Pangborn
benefits from neighborhood conveniences including several churches, the City's Municipal Golf Course, and neighborhood
shopping. Of special note is the newly restored
complete with fishing pond, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball
court, softball field, picnic pavillions, and formal gardens.
City Park and South End
South of Downtown, the City
Park and South End
neighborhoods are predominantly residential. They encompass two historic
districts containing single-family homes and residential properties
converted into apartments and offices. Residences facing City Park
are largely late Victorian and early twentieth century. The main
residential area between Highland
Way and South Potomac Street has a mix of
small to moderate-size detached single-family homes, with good access to Bester Elementary
School and the South
Hagerstown High School campus. The beautiful 50-acre City
Park borders this area with a thre-lake waterway and a full array of
activity areas including playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas, walking
trails, two museums,
and a band shell.
The Locust Point neighborhood encompasses the area south of Downtown
extending to Memorial
Boulevard. The area supports a combination of
residentiual, commercial, and light industrial uses. The residential area
in the eastern portion contains modest single-family houses and is serviced
by Bester Elementary
School, which also provides open recreational space.
Along the City's southern edge, the Wilson Boulevard neighborhood offers
a traditional residential setting of single-family homes. Plentiful
neighborhood shopping and two churches service this area.
The West End neighborhood offers a large residential area with older row
homes and small-lot detahced homes, as well as mid-sized newer housing at
its north end. This vibrant neighborhood includes nine churches, Winter Street and Salem
Avenue elementary schools, Western Heights Middle School, and the Marshall Street Education
in the West End enjoy access to Hellane and Rockwillow Parks,
occupying 25 acres on either side of Salem Avenue, as well as two
playgrounds. Several major thoroughfares and public transportation provide
good accessibility for residents. Nearby neighborhood and regional shopping
centers further enhance this area's appeal.
Carroll Heights, located at the City's
north-west corner, is a neighborhood comprised largely of single-family
residences and some newer townhouse developments. East of Pennsylvania
Avenue, the area includes North Hagerstown High School, Northern Middle School,
Elementary School. The community is also served by several churches and
nearby shopping centers. Recreation areas include Hamilton
Park playground and Mills Park.
The Oak Hill neighborhood includes Oak Hill Historic District,
approximately 8 blocks north of Downtown. This highly stable neighborhood
is virtually all residential and comprised of detached, moderate to very
large single-family homes. Overall, large lots with deep setbacks, open
spaces, and curving tree-lined streets characterize this neighborhood. Potomac Heights
Elementary School, St.
Maria Goretti Catholic High School, three churches, and the Longmeadow Shopping Center serve north end