"WASHINGTON MONUMENT" Burkittsville Things to Do Tip by mtncorg
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The Washington Monument stands proudly in the center of the District of Columbia. The idea was started by Dolly Madison, the wife of James Madison. That monument took forever to complete, however, and the honor of the first monument to the founding father, George Washington, belongs to the people of nearby Boonsboro, a small town on the western side of South Mountain, set astride the Old National Turnpike. The people erected the Washington Monument high on the crest of South Mountain about one mile north of Turner's Gap, through which the Turnpike ran. The monument is 30 feet high and was built in 1827. A central stairway allows one to climb to the top for far reaching views out over Hagerstown and the Potomac Valley to the west. During the Civil War, the monument was used as a signal tower at times. Today, the monument is a part of a 100+ acre State Park which includes a campground and museum devoted to the role that Turner Gap played in the battle of South Mountain. A short trail takes you up from the parking lot with signs scattered along the way that denote various events in Washington's life in chronological order. At the top, you also find the Appalachian Trail as it maintains its journey along the top of south Mountain.