city, seat (1776) of Washington county, north-central Maryland, U.S. It lies in the Cumberland Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, 71 miles (114 km) northwest of Baltimore. In 1762 the town was laid out by the German immigrant Jonathan Hager and named Elizabeth Town for his wife, but it was incorporated as Hager's Town in 1814. Hager's House (1739) has been restored as a museum. Fort Frederick (1756), in a nearby state park, is said to be the only fort of the French and Indian War remaining with its original walls.
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