The John Clinton Frye Western Maryland Room was established in 1968 to provide and preserve historical information about our region. The Room contains approximately 10,000 books and over 400 cubic feet of archival material including maps, newspapers, photographs, ledgers, manuscripts, ephemera, and a limited number of artifacts covering the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valleys; all of Western Maryland, including Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties; plus Frederick and Carroll Counties in Central Maryland. Some material is also included for all counties adjacent to those five Maryland counties in the three surrounding states of Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Highlighted in the collection are a large Civil War research collection, a family research (genealogy) collection, and a substantial holding of information on canals, railroads, local culture and industry. Numerous yearbooks from schools located in Washington County are also part of the collection. The WMR sponsors the Robert H. McCauley Historical Lecture Series and holds workshops on genealogy topics and caring for archival materials such as photographs and rare books.
We invite you to contact us with questions or visit to explore our historical library and archives!
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:
* * * 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.
At our meeting on Tuesday, April 14, Douglas Fiery of Fiery Funeral Home will be speaking to the group about the records that are kept by a funeral director and what might benefit a genealogist.
The May meeting on Tuesday, May 12, is going to be a "Stump the Genealogist" evening. Several experienced members of the group will be available to answer questions that you have from your own research, so bring along those difficult questions!
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 Genealogical 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 – 2015 Holidays
Off street parking available.
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:
Please call 301.739.3250 for more information on joining the Friends
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church Records 1818 – 1900
- Beaver Creek Evangelical Church Records 1844–1917
- Washington County Obituary Locator 1790-2003