Boonsboro Resident Susan Fair Book Signing at Downtown Hagerstown Visitors Welcome Center
Hagerstown, MD – Boonsboro author Susan Fair has written Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland: Snallygasters, Dogmen and Other Mountain Tales, and will be at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitors Welcome Center for a book signing Thursday, September 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Visitor Welcome Center is located at 6 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD.
Historian Susan Fair is a librarian with the Carroll County Public Libraries, and she also works with the Boonsborough Museum of History. Her love of history coupled with her delight in local legends and tales of the weird and offbeat led her to write this book about the lore in her own back yard. Her work with Doug Bast, owner of the Boonsborough Museum of History, supplied a great deal of materials for the book. She also gathered stories from friends, fellow writers and other local historians. Newspaper accounts from the day also provided good source material. Fair said, “I could read old newspapers for days!”
Fair purposely wrote the book to be fun to read and entertaining for everyone, whether they believe in ghosts or monsters or not. She wanted the stories to convey the spirit of the people living on the frontier of Maryland. “They were a strong lot with deep religious beliefs, but some things could only be explained with a lot of imagination and superstition,” Fair said. Readers will see photos from the past, and those that still exist now, including the sign which warns passersby of the “Yowler.”
“Reading this book is like embarking on a scavenger hunt of Western Maryland,” said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Riford said that the book will encourage locals and residents to do more touring in some of the area’s less traveled roads, and discover hidden mysteries for themselves.
The book is available at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center.