As the days get longer and the temperatures rise there are many things to enjoy about springtime in Maryland. With the cold, sometimes brutal winters we often have here, spring is welcomed by many. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend time in the outdoors and enjoy activities that go hand-in-hand with this season. Here are some of the best things about spring in Washington County:
The arrival of spring means wildflower season along many trails in Washington County, whether you’re on the Appalachian Trail, the C&O Canal Towpath, the Snavely Ford Trail at Antietam, or any of the other trails at our local, state and national parks. Some wildflowers pop up sporadically or in small clusters while others provide a vast floral carpet of color. April and May are prime times to experience most wildflowers in all their beauty. Wildflowers you’re likely to stumble upon include: Red Trillium, Bluebells, Dutchman’s Breeches, Wild Columbine, and Blue Phlox, just to name a few. Take a wildflower walk this spring and enjoy Washington County’s beautiful natural lanscapes.
Every spring Fort Frederick State Park and the Friends of Fort Frederick host the annual 18th Century Market Fair. This event allows you the unique opportunity to step back in time at the only remaining original French and Indian War stone fort in the country. The authentic 18th century market fair includes hundreds of fair-goers of all ages dressed in colonial clothing. You’ll see living historians portraying artisans, soldiers, ladies and gentlemen, Native Americans, longhunters, traders, servants and more. Sutlers are at the fair selling 18th century wares such as pottery, tin and copper ware, clothing, material and patterns, books, fireplace and cooking hardware, muskets and accoutrements, paintings and prints, lanters and other gamp gear. A wide variety of special programs and entertainment are also scheduled. Visit the 18th Century Market Fair and increase your historical knowledge while learning about the role Fort Frederick played in the French and Indian War.
There are many other spring events, festivals and activities to enjoy in Washington County. Our website and the online version of our annual Visitors Guide offer endless ideas for recreation and ways to explore the outdoors. Be sure to check our online Calendar of Events or download our Visit Hagerstown App to stay on top of what’s happening in the area.
(Photo Credit: MJ Clingan)