3606Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: G.A.R. Reno Post #4 Hagerstown
- Aug 24, 2007Which reminds me Steve, Washington County Historical Society needs new
members. I'll get you a form the next time I see you. :-)
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> Stephen Recker <recker@...> 08/24/07 3:44 PM >>>Scott,
Well, no pictures of the relics in the hall, but a few more clues.
I went to the City Planning office at Hagerstown City Hall on the site
of the old Town Market where G.A.R. Reno Post #4 used to meet. I ran
into Stephen Bockmiller, esteemed member of this board, and he told me
that they don't have any pictures of the old hall. He even checked
around for boxes of old stuff, but to no avail.
Stephen then directed me to the City Clerk. Here I found something
interesting. Besides the fact that famed Antietam photographer B.W.T.
Phreaner refused to pave his sidewalk in 1904, even to the point of the
case being referred to the Police, there is a city council record from
March 2, 1905 saying that it needs to be discerned whether the G.A.R.
boys are going to renew their lease that expires in April 1905. Now,
the lease I have states that the lease of the space started in 1905. I
looked back a few years and couldn't find anything, so it is unclear
when they first occupied the space.
Just outside the clerk's office, though, are a bunch of old portraits
of city officials taken around 1910. My guess is that they were taken
in the old city hall, perhaps even in the Masonic Lodge Room. BTW, that
is the name of the room they rented - the Masonic Lodge Room. There are
some cool curtains, but no relic cases.
Then I went to the Washington County Historical Society. The have some
great photos of the outside of the old hall. It was built in 1822. The
top was changed in 1888. Then it was torn down in 1939. The pictures
are great. I'll send them on.
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