This week’s Show & Tell is all about our Hometown! While I joke about being so happy to leave behind my Marylander status, I really enjoyed growing up in Western Maryland. I grew up in the little town of Williamsport, Maryland. It is a suburb of Hagerstown, Mayland – which more people know of – it is the crossroads of Interstate 70 (which runs from Washington, DC the whole way out to Utah) and Interstate 81 (which runs from above Syracuse, NY at the Canadian border the whole way down to Knoxville, TN). So, there’s a lot of trucking and travel happening through Hagerstown.
Williamsport is a small little town with one middle school, one high school, and two elementary schools. Located along the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) was built as a link between Washington, DC & Pittsburgh/Ohio. Williamsport, MD’s section of the Canal is the only place where you can see examples of all the canal machinery within less than a mile of each other. The old towpaths (where donkeys and mules towed the boats along the canal) are incredibly popular to bike, jog, and walk. I haven’t in a year or so, since I moved down into West Virginia, but my friend and I used to meet a lot to walk/run the canal!
Another cool thing about living here is that we’re so close to so many awesome cities. Want to head to DC for the weekend? Hour and a half drive. Want to head to the National Aquarium in Baltimore? Same! Pittsburgh’s only two hours! And I don’t know anyone around here who hasn’t vacationed in Ocean City, Maryland – which is only a four hour drive (minus traffic – the Bay Bridge is killed when it comes to beach weekend traffic!). Plus we have the Antietam National Battlefield, which is beautiful, historic, and the home of the Salute to Independence. The Salute to Independence by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra draws over 20,000 people together to celebrate Independence Day with music, fun, and, of course, fireworks!! So awesome!
So, there you have it. I’ve lived in Central Pennsylvania and Orlando, Florida – but I always end up back here in the same area. I’m half hour away now, which is just far enough to get me into a non-communist state (lol JUST KIDDING), but its nice to know I can drop by whenever I need/want to! Except I have to leave my gun at home. Bummer. I’m a West Virginian now, what can I say…. but I’ll always love me some Old Bay (on everything).
What’s your favorite parts of your hometown?!