Having retained much of the buildings and urban form achieved by 1930, Hagerstown today is a window to turn-of-the-century America. Instead of reading about the impact of the Industrial Revolution on small town America, people can visit Hagerstown and walk the streets and touch the buildings where turn-of-the-century Hagerstonians worked, shopped, played and lived. At the core of the City is a compact business and government center of four- to eight-story Victorian and Beaux Arts buildings. Surrounding the downtown are the urban rowhouse and genteel mansion house neighborhoods developed for Hagerstown's boom era workers, industrial magnates and business managers. Scattered throughout are the two-story, pre-Civil War era houses of our early German settlers. Hagerstown's rail heritage is evident in the still active rail lines which nearly encircle the central city. In recognition of this important urban architectural heritage, six National Register historic districts have been designated in Hagerstown.