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Original Washington Monument - OU025E

 Washington Monument State Park

Hidden by  DudleyGrunt

N 39° 30.027' W 77° 37.392' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Maryland
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Archived
 Date Hidden: 27 February 2011
 Date Created: 27 February 2011
 Last Modified: 15 July 2015
 Waypoint: OU025E


{{found}} 4 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 3 Comments
0 Notes
0 Watchers
3499 Visitors
3 x Rated
Rated as: Excellent
{{recommendation}} 2 Recommendations
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Access Fee Required Historic Site Limited Hours Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

In 1827, the citizens of Boonsboro became the first to complete a monument to George Washington.

According a period newspaper account, on July 4, 1827 at 7am, 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 4pm 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.

In the ensuing years, the Washington Monument became a popular meeting place, but over the years, weather and vandalism reduced it to a pile of rubble. During the Civil War, the monument was used as a signal tower by the Union Army, though it was little more than a pile of stones.  In 1882, the restoration of the monument was undertaken and carried out under the sponsorship of the Odd Fellow Lodge of Boonsboro. At this time a canopy was added, and a roadway for vehicles was built up the mountainside to the site. A decade later the rugged tower was marred by the development of a crack in the wall. Because it was not repaired, the monument again fell in ruins.  Between 1934-1936, it was restored to its original design by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The Washington County Historical Society purchased the surrounding land in 1922 and in 1934 gifted it to the State of Maryland, developed the area as a State Park.

The park also includes museum that features historical artifacts related to the history of Washington Monument and the Battle of South Mountain. It is open on weekends only in April and October, and seven days a week from May through September. It is closed during the winter.

If it has been raining, please be careful on the monument steps.  Also, it can be very dark half-way up/down the steps, especially if the sun is fairly low or if it is cloudy.

LOG PASSWORD: The Log Password (ABCDEFGHI) will be made up of information you will find at 3 spots.  I recommend that you photograph each of these sources for your records.

1. Across from the entrance, there is a bench.  Find the a plaque with a 3 letter acronym.  This will be ABC.

2. To the left of the entrance is an inscription that includes three committee members.  The initials of the third one are DEF.

3. Climb to the top of the monument and locate the sign with the Bald Eagle on it.  The sign also points out the locations of some landmarks.  The 3 letter acronym for the site that is the third from the left is GHI.

 Washington Monument State Park

 Entrance Fee: $2 per vehicle for MD residents / $3 for non-residents.

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9 14 April 2016 SYSTEM Cache archived

Automatic Archiving - 9 months as "Temporarily Unavailable"

3 10 July 2015 DudleyGrunt Comment

From the Maryland DNR website for the park...

Closure notice posted 6/19/2015 - the monument at Washington Monument State Park was struck by lightning on Thursday afternoon. For the safety of our visitors, the monument will remain closed to the public until a safety assessment is completed.


Washington Post article: 
3 hikers inside Md. monument struck by lightning

11 10 July 2015 DudleyGrunt Temporarily unavailable

Cache will be temporarily unavailable.

3 17 September 2014 Mr.Yuck Comment

Edited my log to recommend this cache, now that I earned another one to give last month. By the way, did anyone ever notice the Groundspeak favorites points system is COPIED EXACTLY from the OpenCaching network??? With different terminology, of course. Tongue out

1 17 April 2014 Recommendation Mr.Yuck Found it

Finally, logging my last vacation cache, on all websites, a week later! Best for last? Very possible, this is awesome. I'm afraid I'll need 4 more finds before I can go back and recommend this, but I plan to. I'm heading Sabrefan7 way in a few weeks, I should be able to pick up 5 or so OCNA finds then. So as the story goes, I was staying in Hagerstown, and had to drive 25 miles to Frederick for an OCNA event, and this was on the way. I alloted an hour and a half for this, and just made it! Enjoyed my hike to the monument (I'll guess a couple hundred feet elevation gain), and the monument itself. Boy is it old! Being there an hour or so before sunset, the middle 2 or 3 steps were completely dark, that was a little scary. Noted that the trail from the parking area crosses the AT! On the way down, I hiked about 500 feet North on it, just for the heck of it. It's only the 2nd time I've encountered the AT while caching (the other time was in New Jersey at the Delaware Water Gap), and I did the same exact thing that time too! Thanks for the great virtual, DG.
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