est. 1797
226 YEARS
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Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack

T
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 226 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 1509th oldest in the world (the full list). 

January: A Tease from Mother Nature

In his monthly column for The Cumberland Times-News, Almanack Weather Prognosticator / Meteorologist, Chad Merrill focuses on the question,  "Is winter going to be a dud or has it just not arrived here yet?”  Click here for the answer as he outlines The Almanack's forecast for the month of January.  

           Buy The 2022 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Today!

The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly offers the 2022 edition of J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack for sale, 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 local grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores.  Click here for a complete list of retailers and their locations, but if you order a copy here today, it will be delivered right to your front door!

December: The Door to Winter Opens!

In his monthly column for The Cumberland Times-News, Almanack Weather Prognosticator / Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, answers the million dollar question:  “Will Mother Nature keep flirting with winter or will we dive deep into the season with the flip of the calendar to December?”  Click here for the answer as he outlines The Almanack's forecast for the month of December.  

Hagerstown Almanack Weather Updates Now on Cool Oldies 1450!

The HagerstownAlmanack Weather Prognosticator / Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, will now be reporting monthly on the coming weather on Cool Oldies 1450's (WTHU-AM) website at https://wthuradio.com/. Click here to hear this extended  November update.

November: A Preview to Winter

In his monthly column for The Cumberland Times-News, Almanack Weather Prognosticator / Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, outlines The Almanack's forecast for the month of November  Click here for the article content. 

October: Fall Finally Arrives!

Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, outlines The Almanack's forecast for the month of October in his monthly column for The Cumberland Times-News.  Click here for the article content. 

Cumberland Times-News Looks to The Almanack for Expected Rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic 

The Cumberland Times-News turns to Almanack Weather /Meteorologist, Chad Merril, for his take on expected rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic Region over the coming weeks. Click here to view the full article. 

Almanack Presents First Zoom Event Reviewing Impact of Hurricane Ida 

On August 31, 2021, Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, hosted The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack's very first live Zoom event, an update on the impact of Hurricane Ida in the Mid-Atlantic.  Click here to view the recorded event on The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Channel on YouTube. 

Almanack Prognsoticator on Tropical Fred's Impact on Regional Drought

Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, weighs in with his asessment of Tropical Storm Fred's impact on regional drought conditions in this latest Cumberland Times-News article that appeared on Monday, Augst 16, 2021.  Click here for the full article. 

Almanack: Snowy Winter, White Christmas Ahead

Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, shares his 2021-2022 Winter Preview with The Herald-Mail's Dave McMillion in this detailed article that appeared in the Herald-Mail on August 5, 2021.   Click here for the full article.  










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