The 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 221 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 14 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 as well as for making a significant contribution to our national pride.
The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has been recognized by Wikipedia as the the 39th oldest company in the United States.
2017 HAGERSTOWN TOWN AND COUNTRY ALMANACK AVAILABLE!
The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the availability of its 2017 edition of J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack! This popular regional favorite, famous for its now 221 years of continuous publication and impressive track record predicting the coming year’s weather 14 months in advance will be available for purchase at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning September 6, 2016.. For a complete list of retailers and their locations, click on Where to Buy Us under TALK TO THE ALMANACK above. It can be easily ordered on line at www.almanack.com/order and shipped right to your front door! Consider the 3-year subscription which saves you money and protects you from any price increase. Or sign up as a Friend of The Almanack and receive access to TWO digital editions of your favorite almanac, special FOTA member pricing for hard copies, a monthly newsletter, and so much more! Great deals for a great almanac!
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