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Old 02-28-2011, 04:30 AM
 
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For all of you in Pittsburgh, what's your general perception of that area of Western Maryland? Basically Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Frederick?

They all seem a bit Pennsylvania-like to me. Slightly. Anyone been through those cities and have a perception of them, compared to other towns in western Pennsylvania?
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:42 AM
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Been all around those areas and just bought a car from a private owner in Hagerstown. Yes, I feel it is very much like Western PA. The biggest plus is the roads are much better and they don't over use salt like we do, so when you buy a used car down there the underside is clean, unlike a car from Pittsburgh. I think western Maryland is really nice. There are also places like Deep Creek which is quite nice as well. It is nothing like Pittsburgh in any area in western MD because it is all small towns and such, but I feel the people are more WPA style if you want to compare to Baltimore, DC. Hope that is what you are looking for.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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I used to drive through there a lot. It is definitely Northern-Appalachian in feel to me, and therefore at least a close cousin of Southwest PA.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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It certainly doesn't give me the same vibe that I get when I am in every other part of Maryland.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:51 AM
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When I was a kid growing up in W. PA, we really didn't think much at all about W. MD. It just wasn't on our radar screen.

My parents later lived in Frederick, and my brother married a woman from that area and lived in PA near Hagerstown for a while, so I've spent some time there. Frederick and Hagerstown are very old cities, much older looking than Pittsburgh. They are more like Chambersburg and some of the other SE PA cities, which they are close to. Frederick is about 200 miles from Pgh, to the SE, mostly east, and Hagerstown is a bit west of Fred., so they are really eastern cities. JMO.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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If by western PA one means area code 814 and west, I would put Cumberland in that category more than Hagerstown or Frederick.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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The 814 area code is getting ready to be split up again.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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The 814 area code is getting ready to be split up again.
Well, how about the pop vs. soda line then? (Trouble is that gets blurrier in MD from what I can tell.)
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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Hagerstown always had more of a Civil War feel to me - older buildings and the Antietam battlefield was close by. Nice town, though. I understand it's part of the Washington, DC TV market now.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Thanks for the comments Pittsburghers! I don't know so much about Hagerstown and Frederick being like SW PA, I would say they are more like the areas immediately north of them, Franklin and Adams County, which are more rolling farm country than the mountains.

Cumberland feels very much a mini-Pittsburgh to me. I feel much more at home there than Baltimore or DC.
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