J. Gruber’s Hagers-Town Town & Country ALMANACK for 2018
The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, is the second oldest almanac in the US and is the one of the most talked-about almanacs in the country. With 16 months of weather forecasts, the coming year’s lunar and astronomical data, and its usual collection of helpful farm & garden, household and handyman hints and tips, it is the BEST VALUE for the price!
JOHN GRUBER AND HIS FAMOUS ALMANACK
John Gruber’s name still appears prominently on the cover of his best-known publication, The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack that first made its appearance in the Hagerstown, Maryland area in 1797. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and in fact, the oldest almanac that is still published today by heirs of its founder. The first almanac of record was established by Robert Bailey Thomas in 1792 and was first printed in Boston. Today, The Old Farmer’s Almanac (the name was changed in 1942) is today is published by Rob Sagendorph in Dublin, New Hampshire.
Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has been a mainstay tradition in the Mid-Atlantic Region for well over two centuries, providing farmers with seasonal weather forecasts as well as critically important astronomical information considered to be vital to agricultural success in the region.
Gruber holds three distinct places in history: not only is his almanac the second oldest almanac in the country (actually, it is the ONLY almanac that is still published and sold by descendants of its founder), the company he founded in 1797 is the 39th oldest company in the U.S, and his songster, ‘National Songster of 1814’, published in Hagerstown, Maryland, was first to publish the song that would eventually become our National Anthem!