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To interpret, preserve and conserve the uniquely constructed Historic 18th century frontier private dwelling/fort of the founder of Hagerstown Jonathan Hager. Provide historically acurate tours to the visiting public and interpret and conserve with proper museum level practice the unparrelled collection of 18th century furnishings contained there-in. Educate the visiting public as to the German culture of the early settlers of the frontier region. Provide special events to further demonstrate to the visiting public aspects of colonial frontier life and achieve the overall mission of the historic site.
The historic Jonathan Hager House and Museum is the restored, still standing 18th century home of the founder of Hagerstown, Jonathan Hager. A native of Germany Hager built is home in 1739 with the possibility of Indian attack in mind by incorporating many defensive features into its design. The home is uniquely situated over two still flowing springs creating a protected water supply, features stone walls nearly two feet thick and loopholes in the basement level. Hager also ran a frontier trading post from his front parlor. After being continously occupied as a private residence for over two hundred years the Washington County Historic Society took control of the track in 1944 and restored the founders home to its previous splendor. In 1954 the City obtained the deed to the property and in 1960 the Jonathan Hager house began operating as a Museum. The site today now stands in Hagerstowns' bueatiful City Park and is a fantastic location for vistors and locals alike.
- John Bryan
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