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Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack

he Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack was established in 1797, making it the second oldest almanac in the United States. It began in a modest print shop on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Maryland and was the creation of colonial printer John Gruber and his partner and son-in-law Daniel May. Gruber is considered by many to be one of Hagerstown's "favorite sons" right along with Jonathan Hager, the town's founder and namesake. His almanac has been published continuously for 224 years and is the ONLY almanac that is still published today by direct descendants of its founder.

The Almanack, as it soon became known, grew in popularity, quickly becoming an integral part of everyday Early American life. For many years hence, it was THE primary source for agricultural, meteorological and astronomical information vital to an agrarian community's survival. The highly accurate weather forecasts (made over 16 months in advance) were first derived using centuries-old methods but over the years, the method has been advanced, incorporating newer, more reliable techniques. And it still contains favorite folk remedies, useful hints and tips for everyday living, and other forms of traditional community wisdoms. Millions of copies have been sold and it has been said that the The Almanack has made Hagerstown widely-known throughout the U.S. and has given Maryland an ‘epicenter’ of farming and agricultural life.

Throughout its long history, The Almanack has been recognized countless times for its contributions to the steady development and success of colonial agrarian society (see Maryland Traditions' 2012 ALTA Award for Tradition  as well as for making a significant contribution to our national pride (see Hagerstown Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary!).

Gruber's Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Company has been recognized by Wikipedia as the 47th oldest company in the United  States.  Click here to see the full list.

Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Now On Youtube!

The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the launch of The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Channel on YouTube!  Now you will able to easily access interviews, podcasts, webinars, and videos featuring weather updates to predictions made by The Almanack for the Mid-Atlantic Region over 16 months ago.  These updates will be developed by its weather prognosticator, Chad Merrill, along with support from local radio and TV meteorologists and personalities   Check  out The Almanack's latest endeavor to bring its weather content to readers who prefer this platform.


For the complete press release, click here.  Local newspaper, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland,  covered the launch with an article by David Rhodes. To read his article, click here.

Moon Phase Data Errors In The 2020 Edition

Recently, it has come to The Almanack's attention that the monthly moon phase date, positioned on each on the weather pages (odd pages 17-39) in the 2020 edition, is in error.  Apparently, the new 2020  data was not loaded properly and subsequently, the 2019 data was not replaced.  We do apologize for this grave  error and if you click on 2020 Moon Phase Data  you will be directed to the correct moon phase data for each month.   Again, we apologize for this mistake.  The Almanack pledges to redouble its effort and strive harder to publish only the most-accurate information.

Follow The Almanack Now On Instagram and Twitter!

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has been on the Internet since 1995 and on Facebook @hagerstownalmanack since 2010.  Today, The Almanack announces that readers and fans can now follow their favorite almanac on Instagram @halmanack and on Twitter @HAlmanack. Check us out for up-to-the-minute weather conditions across the Mid-Atlantic Region.


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