Washington Monument State Park, Middletown

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Washington Monument State Park is a public recreation area located approximately 4mi east of Boonsboro, Maryland. The park preserves the Washington Monument, a 40ft tower honoring George Washington, the first President of the United States. The monument, which sits near the summit of South Mountain's Monument Knob, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The park is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.HistoryBuilt in 1827, the original tower was the first monument dedicated to George Washington to be completed. The Baltimore Washington Monument was completed two years later, although it had been started considerably earlier in 1815. The famous Washington Monument in the District of Columbia was not completed until 1885.The dry-laid stone tower was built on July 4, 1827, by the citizens of Boonsboro who marched to the site en masse after assembling in the town square at 7 a.m. At the end of that day, the tower stood at high on a base 54ft in circumference. Later that year, "after the busy season", workmen returned to complete the tower to a height of 30ft.
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  • Curiously, a section of the Appalachian Trail runs through Washington Monument State Park and is used by visitors to access the 40-foot-tall tower honoring George Washington. The park, which covers 19...  more »
  • A definite must when visiting historic Harpers Ferry area. Fantastic view of the valley. Stop by and take a breath from life.  more »
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  • Washington Monument State Park is interesting for two reasons: 1) The Appalachian Trail goes through it proving that there is natural beauty in Maryland. The views in this park into the valley are beautiful. 2) The OG Washington Monument. More than 50 years before the Washington Monument was built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the people near Middletown, Maryland built a stone tower on a hill called the Washington Monument. 500 people built it in one day and it still stands as the very first monument named after George Washington. As you walk up to the monument, you can learn about key dates associated with the first president. There's a small visitor's center that walks people through the history of this state park (note: the center is closed during the winter).
  • A beautiful park with an absolutely amazing view at the top where the monument is located. The Appalachian Trail runs along the top of the mountain. Has camping for youth as well. The view is worth a trip for sure. Also, along the trail to the monument there are signs recording Washington's history. Wonderful open grass space near parking with a playground, several buildings to have a picnic located along the foot trail to the monument. Pictures are worth a thousand words!

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