est. 1797

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. Gruber's almanac has been published continuously for 225 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 54th oldest company in the United  States (the full list) and 1511th oldest in the wrold (the full list).

The 2022 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Now Available!

The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the release of the 2022 edition of J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and  availability for sale, almost 2 months earlier than in past years! This popular regional favorite, famous for both its 226 years of continuous publication and its impressive track record predicting the coming year’s weather, will be available for purchase at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning the week of July19th. For a complete list of retailers and their locations, click here. But why wait? Click here, order a copy today, and have it delivered right to your front door!

The Almanack Welcomes New Contributor
Professor Emeritus Robert Doyle!

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack welcomes Professor Emeritus Robert Doyle as its newest contributor to its increasingly diverse and informative content. Professor Doyle earned his Bachelors of Science in Physics at Georgia Tech and his Masters and Ph.D. in Astronomy at The University of Virginia. He is also serves as the Planetarium Director at Frostburg State University. Professor Doyle's teaching interests inlcude astronomy, physics, energy and the environment, science, and religion. He has already been quite busy creating a number of podcasts with Almanack Weather Pronostocator, Chad Merrill, for the Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Channel on YouTube. focusing on astronomical topics that are of interest to many of our followers.  In addition to producing fresh content for The Almanack's YouTube channel, Dr. Doyle also produces content for the Cumberland-Times News. Welcome Professor Doyle! 

The Almanack First to Preveiw Winter 2021-2022!

The Gruber Almanack, LLC’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack is the very first almanac to present its preview of the coming 2021-2022 Winter! Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, outlines The Almanack's official winter outlook for the U.S., pointing out sticking points for the coming winter.  Click here to tune in! 

The Almanack Partners with PennState Extension 

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has recently partnered with PennState Extension of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, who has agreed to share its vast wealth of science-based agricultural and dairy knowledge and guidance, providing relevant content in the form of articles for its annual hardcopy publication, content pages and links to additional information on its website (, video interviews posted on The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Channel on YouTube, and posts going out across the  social media landscape.  Click here for more information on the Extension's mission and current topics of interest submitted by its team of educators. 


For  more HAGERSTOWN ALMANACK NEWS, click here