Hagerstown History Brief
Adapted for this page from the book History Western Maryland by J. Thomas Scharf
Hagerstown was laid out as a town in 1762 by Capt. Jonathan Hager. He came from Germany about 1730 and obtained a grant for "Hager's Fancy," 200 acres, in December 1739. The following year he married Elizabeth Kershner, whose family lived in the same neighborhood. In 1753 he was granted "Hager's Delight," 1780 acres and in 1765 "New Work," some 714 acres. These grants comprised the area of the new town, located at the intersection of the National or Great Western Pike, and the Philadelphia Wagon Road These routes linked Baltimore, Philadelphia, the Ohio wilderness, and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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