Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, 1887
beside many who come to the town without entering the Fair Grounds. The Maryland State Fair has been held in conjunction with the County Fair, and it is expected that the two will be permanently consolidated for the future.
THE MARKET AND COST OF LIVING.
Hagerstown is situated in a region where all the necessaries of life are in the greatest abundance - the supply being in so great excess of the demand that food can be obtained as cheap as in almost any other town in the United States. The Town Market, which is under admirable regulations, is open three days in the week and is stocked with an immense supply of vegetables, fruit, meats, &c. November 4,1886, patent roller family flour was selling for $4.25 per barrel; corn, 50 cents per bushel ; pork, $5 per cwt.; country hams, 12 to 13 cents per pound ; butter, 20 to 26 cents; eggs, 20 cents ; poultry, 10 cents per pound ; lard, 8 to 10 cents ; potatoes, 50 to 60 cents per bushel. In the summer season butter frequently is as cheap as 10 cents, and eggs 8 and 10 cents per dozen. Choice beef 12 ½ cents per pound. The near vicinity of Baltimore places that splendid market within reach of our people. Rents range from $5 a month up. Building lots on the outskirts can be bought from $75 upwards.
LIBRARY AND NEWSPAPERS.
There is one excellent Public Library and Reading Room maintained by the "Thursday Club," for the privileges of which the nominal charge of $3 a year is made. This Library contains all the standard works, books of reference as well as current literature and periodicals.
T. J. C. Williams
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
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Hagerstown, Md., The Mail publishing company
Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century
Washington County (Md.), 1887