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The John Clinton Frye Western Maryland Room is located on the 3rd Floor at the Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library located at 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

You are invited to attend these free programs:

Copper Mines of South Mountain with Dr. Steven Hatleberg
Monday, May 5, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Washington County Free Library - Community Room 308/309
Presenter: Dr. Steven Hatleberg

Register here!

Please call the Western Maryland Room for more information on these programs.

Maryland's Citadel by Dennis Frye

Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Washington County Free Library - Community Room 308/309
Presenter: Dennis Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Dennis Frye will be the featured speaker for the April 7th Robert McCauley Historical Lecture being held at the Fletcher Library located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in room 309 beginning at 7:00 PM. Dennis will talk about Maryland’s Citadel.

The southern end of the Elk Ridge Mountain, located in southern Washington County, is known as Maryland Heights. Towering over a thousand feet above the town of Harpers Ferry, it commands the area over a 20 mile radius. During the Civil War, armies holding Maryland Heights not only held Harpers Ferry, but also the B&O Railroad and the C&O Canal, thus ‘the citadel.’

Frye is a native of southern Washington County and is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. A prominent Civil War historian, he has numerous appearances on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian. He helped produce award winning television features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown and served as an associate producer for the Civil War movie Gods and Generals. A graduate of Shepherd College, he has authored many articles and books relating to Harpers Ferry, Antietam Battlefield and the Civil War. His latest book, published in 2012, is titled September Suspense.

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* * * Monthly Events * * *

The Washington County Genealogical Society meets in the Western Maryland Room on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30p.m.

All are welcome! Bring your laptop to take advantage of free wi-fi. Meetings are informal. Topics are based on participant interest.  

Questions about the WC Genalogical Society? Contact Carol Miller-Schultz at 301-791-2585.

Hours of Operation (New Schedule)
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Closed on Holidays – 2014 Holidays


Off street parking available.

Contact Us

John Frye, Historian & Curator
Elizabeth Howe, Librarian & Certified Archivist

Phone: 301-739-3250 x350

Friends of the Western Maryland Room
The Friends of the Western Maryland Room provide financial support for the publication of such books as:
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church Records 1818 – 1900
  • Beaver Creek Evangelical Church Records 1844–1917
  • Washington County Obituary Locator 1790-2003
Please call 301.739.3250 for more information on joining the Friends
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