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R.M. Hays and Bros. photographs ( - Washington House)


Hagerstown,  Washington House, West Washington Street. Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information

   



The Washington House was built in 1856. The new hotel housed five ladies' and gentlemen's parlors, a spacious dining room, forty-six chambers or sleeping rooms, a pantry, scullery, and other rooms. A great corridor in the main section of the building measured eighty feet in length and nine feet in width. A second lesser corridor ran the length of the wing section. At the time of the opening several businesses shared the first level of the grand hotel; a stylish saloon, a dry goods store owned by S. Ogilby, and a druggist named H. P. Aughinbaugh.

The Washington House remained a prominent downtown land mark for only 23 years. During its lifetime, however, it played a role in a number of events leading up to and including the American Civil War. Quite notable was a registered guest of the hotel in 1859, a Mr. I. Smith and Sons. They were assigned to room number six. Mr. I. Smith was none other than John Brown, the famous abolitionist. (Clingan, 2005)

Next door to the Washington House is the store of W.L. Hays, father of Rufus Hays. The signs posted outside list Books, Notions, Magazines, Cold Pens, Music and Bibles.




ID:
wchp002

Creator:
unknown

Rights:
Ellen DiBiase & Lewis Mountcastle

Date:
pre 1879

Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Original Size:
26 x 21 cms

Subject:
Washington County (Md.)--History--Pictorial works; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--Pictorial works; 1863 - 1920

Coverage:
Washington County (Md.), 1863-1920

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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