“Dedicated to the memory George Washington”
Located atop South Mountain, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. The Washington Monument is a rugged stone tower that was initially erected by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827. According a period newspaper account, on July 4, 1827 at 7 a.m., most of Boonsboro’s 500 inhabitants assembled at the public square. Behind the Stars and Stripes and stepping spiritedly to the music of a fife and drum corps, they marched two miles up the mountain to the monument site. The citizens worked until noon and then held a dedication ceremony and lunch. They resumed work and by 4 p.m. the monument stood fifteen feet high on a 54-foot circular base. The day ended with the reading of the Declaration of Independence and a three round salute fired by three Revolutionary War veterans. The workers returned that September to finish. Upon its completion, the monument stood 30 feet high.The monument often fell into disrepair, and was rebuilt at least twice during its history - mostly recently by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. The monument is currently maintained by the Maryland Park Service. Most of the Washington Monument’s hiking trail is part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Visitors are welcome to hike the A.T from Maine to Georgia or for just a few miles. Those planning an overnight backpack outing can park at Washington Monument State Park for a few days. The Appalachian Trail is a footpath only. Mountain bikers can use the trails at Greenbrier State Park.
A little tricky to navigate to, out in the middle of the boonies! But within the state park. You have to circle up the hill but it’s all pretty clearly marked on the park’s tourism sign. Costs $4 to park in the lot for out of state vehicles. Beautiful view, and you can climb up inside (a little dangerous, be sure to use the hand rail!). If you have a chunk of time to stop it’s a nice little walk/hike to stretch your legs, or maybe worth more time for hikers and nature lovers.
Grea place to take the kids!!!
Great.....a must see......places to stay with rv......don't forget to walk the trails
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