Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society, Inc.

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The H&FRHS is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the central Maryland electric railway and trolley system best known as the "Hagerstown & Frederick Railway"

The Society is seeking additional volunteers for the Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum for our 2023 season from April thr...
03/01/2023

The Society is seeking additional volunteers for the Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum for our 2023 season from April through October. Training is provided.

The museum will not open every weekend however the schedule will consist of select Saturday and Sunday dates, most dates only for 3 hours. Interested individuals should be able to commit to at least 2 dates during the season and be able to answer basic questions with minimal assistance.

Volunteers are also expected to be a member in good standing with the H&FRHS or a member or donor of the National Road Foundation. The museum is not yet wheelchair accessible.

Volunteers are also being accepted for H&F outreach events throughout the year. If interested contact [email protected].

01/31/2023

Several tickets and artifacts have now been dropped off at Heritage Frederick for an upcoming H&F trolley exhibit! Exciting that not one but two new H&F exhibits are opening this spring!

The H&FRHS has leaped in to 2023 with several exciting projects taking place for the year!We have been hard at work plan...
01/15/2023

The H&FRHS has leaped in to 2023 with several exciting projects taking place for the year!

We have been hard at work planning and developing over a dozen new and enhanced exhibits as part of an extensive overhaul of the Boonsboro Trolley Station displays. This will include more artifacts and trolley photographs than before and help visitors to better understand the impact the H&F Railway had on our area.

That project is made possible by a Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Mini-Grant acquired for the station by our friends at the National Road Heritage Foundation (NationalRdFoundation.org). Additional projects in discussion with the foundation include the future installation of handicap access to the building.

Our archives continue to grow with acquisitions of several CG&W Railway, Frederick Railroad, Hagerstown Railway and Blue Ridge Lines records, and an abundance of photograph negatives on loan to be scanned.

And not the least, we continue to work with Heritage Frederick toward the development of a new trolley exhibit to be opened on the second floor of the Museum of Frederick County History on Church Street during 2023!

Our efforts are completely volunteer and donor driven. If you don't already support the H&FRHS through our Membership program or through donations, please consider doing so this year. Learn more at https://hfrhs.org/membership/

Reminder: The Society's winter meeting will be held this Saturday December 3 at 11AM in the meeting room of the Myersvil...
12/02/2022

Reminder: The Society's winter meeting will be held this Saturday December 3 at 11AM in the meeting room of the Myersville Community Library. The public is welcome to come hear what the Society has been up to this year and plans for the next year!

Also this weekend is the last weekend to visit the Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum until the spring.

Friday December 2: 6-8PM in conjunction with the Boonsboro Tree Lighting.

Saturday December 3: 3-6PM as part of the Boonsboro Holiday festival

Sunday December 4: 1-4PM, last scheduled Sunday of the year.

Today was a special day as an original H&F Interurban Combine door, potentially from either  #172, 170 or 169, crossed b...
10/30/2022

Today was a special day as an original H&F Interurban Combine door, potentially from either #172, 170 or 169, crossed both Catoctin and South Mountains for the first time since 1947 or earlier; the days when it was still installed on an H&F car. Once cleaned it will be temporarily displayed at the Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum until being moved to a more long term exhibit that is still to be announced.

The door, along with other trolley parts, some H&F documents, drawings and photos, and several audio recordings of interviews and history presentations were donated to the Society by Elizabeth Duke from the collection of her late husband Carroll James. The donation was made possible by Second Story Books & Antiques - Rockville . Additional items were acquired and donated to the Society by Sean Guy of Beaver Creek Antique Market and Society founder Alex Postpischil.

Our website finally has a mobile version!  No longer will mobile visitors need to struggle to read our web browser based...
10/11/2022

Our website finally has a mobile version! No longer will mobile visitors need to struggle to read our web browser based site on their phones!

Pull out your phones and surf over to www.HFRHS.org to check it out.

We are ready for day 2 of Colorfest!
10/09/2022

We are ready for day 2 of Colorfest!

Don't forget to stop by the H&F Railway History Exhibit and surviving Freight Motor  #5 during Catoctin Colorfest this w...
10/08/2022

Don't forget to stop by the H&F Railway History Exhibit and surviving Freight Motor #5 during Catoctin Colorfest this weekend! We are along Main Street and the Trolley Trail just at the entrance of the Fire Company Carnival Grounds.

It might be a bit wet out today but the sun should be coming out by 2pm and many Boonsboro Days events and vendors are s...
09/11/2022

It might be a bit wet out today but the sun should be coming out by 2pm and many Boonsboro Days events and vendors are still in the park today! The Trolley Station will remain open as well.

The event continues until 5pm so be sure to stop by and enjoy the new exhibits!

06/09/2022

Reminder to H&FRHS member: Our summer meeting is Friday at 5pm. The meeting will be held at Hobbytown USA on Prospect Blvd. in Frederick.

This is a membership and officers meeting to discuss Society activities however members of the public who are considering joining the Society are welcome to attend and learn more about the Society and our activities.

The sign says it all!  Come out to Catoctin Furnace today or tomorrow and visit the H&F Railway Historical Society "Muse...
05/21/2022

The sign says it all! Come out to Catoctin Furnace today or tomorrow and visit the H&F Railway Historical Society "Museum" as well as several other museums, exhibits, live music, food and drink and great nature trails!

Want to learn more about the town that was the (approximate) mid-point on the main line between Hagerstown & Frederick?
04/04/2022

Want to learn more about the town that was the (approximate) mid-point on the main line between Hagerstown & Frederick?

Hear about the real Myersville, including tales of attempted murder, Civil War mayhem, revenge, arson, protests, brawls, and even ghosts.

One of the useful upgrades to our archives thanks to the 2020 NRHS Heritage Grant: barcode stickers with images to help ...
03/11/2022

One of the useful upgrades to our archives thanks to the 2020 NRHS Heritage Grant: barcode stickers with images to help better keep track of objects in our collection and make it even easier to look up their information in our system! Don't worry...they don't get placed directly on the artifacts.

01/14/2022

If you haven't already visited the H&F exhibit at C Burr Artz Library in Frederick, time is running out! The exhibit containing 150 artifacts amd dozen of photographs will be leaving the library on Tuesday January 18th!

It was short but sweet: did you catch the Society mentioned over the weekend in the FNP?Don't forget that Society Presid...
12/06/2021

It was short but sweet: did you catch the Society mentioned over the weekend in the FNP?

Don't forget that Society President and Curator Reuben Moss will be at the C. Burr Artz library this coming Saturday December 11 from noon to 4 answering questions about the trolley artifacts exhibited there through January 16.

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/columns/not-all-gifts-fit-in-boxes/article_67def0b0-209e-5d6d-9966-917c0a6a2138.html

When I see the photos of container ships stuck off the West Coast ports and containers piled high on docks because of a trucker shortage, I hope that the bigger-than-big-screen

Starting at Noon on November 16th and running for approximately 2 months you will find C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick...
11/05/2021

Starting at Noon on November 16th and running for approximately 2 months you will find C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick filled with trolley artifacts! The H&F Archive has grown since 2019 and so we are exited to build upon the popular exhibit we had been able to provide there that year. The exhibit is hosted by the Maryland Room and presented by the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Historical Society.

10/28/2021

With rail trails on everyone's mind in Frederick County right now...

DID YOU KNOW: If the entire H&F Rwy right-of-way was turned into a trail network it would travel nearly half the length of the C&O Canal NHP towpath?

The Hagerstown and Frederick boasted 87.5 miles of track not including sidings. In comparison the C&O Canal towpath from Georgetown to Cumberland is 184.5 miles.

Things are underway at Catoctin Furnace for the Maryland Iron Festival
09/18/2021

Things are underway at Catoctin Furnace for the Maryland Iron Festival

Officially opening tomorrow, the H&FRHS has installed a 7-week exhibit at the Myersville Community Library!  Visit the l...
09/15/2021

Officially opening tomorrow, the H&FRHS has installed a 7-week exhibit at the Myersville Community Library! Visit the library to see a collection of trolley artifacts and photographs and learn why Myersville can be called Trolley Town!

The exhibit will be in place for next month's Myersville Music & Trolley Festival on October 16 and will remain until the first week of November.

While visiting the exhibit, H&F coach #150, one of the four surviving original trolleys, is located within the Library building and is now open to walk through once again.

65 guests visited the H&FRHS exhibit at the Boonsboro Trolley Station today!  Were you one of them?If not, you still hav...
09/12/2021

65 guests visited the H&FRHS exhibit at the Boonsboro Trolley Station today! Were you one of them?

If not, you still have a chance. We will have the museum and exhibit open again TOMORROW September 12 from 9am to 5pm!

Boonesboro Days will also be taking place in the park just behind the station. Enjoy food, demonstrations and a wide variety of artwork and hand crafted items! Metal detecting and astronomy activities for kids are taking place. The event is hosted by and supports the Boonsboro Historical Society MD.

Special thanks to the National Road Heritage Foundation for allowing the H&FRHS to host the Trolley Station Museum for this event!

07/31/2021

A Trolley Passes the Doub Residence on Upper Main Street, Circa 1920. This was the home for many years of Grayson Edgar Doub (1901-1984), who was Myersville's mayor from 1952- to 1964.

Are you aware that the H&FRHS is eager to interview anyone with memories or family stories about trolleys in Frederick a...
07/31/2021

Are you aware that the H&FRHS is eager to interview anyone with memories or family stories about trolleys in Frederick and Washington Counties? Learn about our Oral History Project with the link below.

If you were interviewing someone with trolley memories, what questions would you want to ask them? Let us know in the comments!
https://hfrhs.org/oralhistory/

The H&F Oral History Project Recording trolley memories for future generations. Thanks to a 2020 NRHS Heritage Grant, the H&FRHS is now equipped to interview and record memories of those wh…

06/30/2021

Today is the last day to help us reach our initial goal of $25,000 for the H&F Railway Fund! If we reach our goal this fund will provide some sustaining income for the H&F Railway Historical Society as well as growing into a fund which can be used toward future restoration, conservation and education programs related to the H&F.

To donate, visit the Community Foundation of Frederick County page for the fund. https://www.frederickcountygives.org/Giving-Your-Way/Explore-Funds?fn=The+H%26F+Railway+Fund

If you can't give today but want to contribute, once we hit our $25k initial target ongoing donations can be made to grow the fund at any time.

The Society's archive project has reached 500 images scanned or photographed and added to the record!  This of course in...
06/15/2021

The Society's archive project has reached 500 images scanned or photographed and added to the record! This of course includes multiple images for some documents and 3D objects so we have a long way to go. Eventually a large portion of these will be provided for public access.

Here is one of our recent scans from 75 years and 6 months ago!

The Society thanks the Adkins' who represent the estate of the late artist Sherry Kemp for donating a wonderful artifact...
05/02/2021

The Society thanks the Adkins' who represent the estate of the late artist Sherry Kemp for donating a wonderful artifact from Sherry's collection to the H&FRHS Archives. This post-1923 trainman cap will be kept safely in museum quality archival storage between use for indoor-only exhibits once we are able to begin providing those once more.

Here is a sneak peek - Members will get to see it in person in its entirety at our May membership meeting and in a future issue of Trolleywire!

Not a member? Visit www.hfrhs.org/membership to learn how to join! If you join in the next three weeks please drop us a line so that we can be sure to get you a meeting invitation.

04/11/2021

We would like to thank those who took part in today's surveying and artifact recovery at the Fishing Creek Bridge site in Lewistown. Also thank you to the Lewistown Fire Department and Derek from Beckley's Camping Center for permission to access their respective properties and recover H&F items!

Members will be seeing information about the search and what we found in our next issue of Trolleywire Newsletter. Not a member? Visit www.hfrhs.org/membership to learn how to join.

There is still time to contribute to the H&F Railway Fund!  This charitable fund is managed by the Community Foundation ...
04/02/2021

There is still time to contribute to the H&F Railway Fund! This charitable fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Frederick County and is intended to support the H&FRHS and H&F related projects in the region. Our goal is to raise the fund to $25,000 by June of this year.

Donors to the fund may request incentive gifts for certain donation levels. To learn more visit the Society's page at https://hfrhs.org/hf-endowment-fund/

If donating directly through the Community Foundation of Frederick County fund, write the Society through our website contact form to learn how to receive an incentive gift. Online donations to the fund can be made at https://www.frederickcountygives.org/Giving-Your-Way/Explore-Funds?fn=The+H%26F+Railway+Fund

THE DEADLINE FOR RAISING A MINIMUM OF $25,000 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 2021.   Preserving the past is as important as planning the future, and the electric railway system known as the Hagerst…

Have you been wanting to show off your interest in the H&F Railway?  Are you wishing you could help to promote the H&FRH...
03/18/2021

Have you been wanting to show off your interest in the H&F Railway? Are you wishing you could help to promote the H&FRHS to the public? Why not take a look at the H&F themed apparel, art and other items bearing the Society name available through our Zazzle store. We even have H&F face masks!

A percentage of each sale goes to support the efforts of the H&FRHS.

https://www.zazzle.com/store/hf_rwy_historical/collections

Check out all of the amazing designs that Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society has created for your Zazzle products. Make one-of-a-kind gifts with these designs!

The H&FRHS now has a page as well as our group!  Please consider following us and promoting our existence to those who m...
03/14/2021

The H&FRHS now has a page as well as our group! Please consider following us and promoting our existence to those who may not know that the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway has a historical society!

As always, you can learn more about us as well as how to support us through membership and donations by visiting our website at https://hfrhs.org

03/13/2021

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P. O. Box 1314
Frederick, MD
21702

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