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Pen Mar Park

September 19, 2005

CASCADE - On Sundays from the end of May through Oct. 10 at Pen Mar Park in Cascade, bands play and there is dancing from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Washington County park, at Appalachian Trail's Scenic View 10, was opened in 1877 as an amusement park developed by the Western Maryland Railroad. When it was dismantled in 1943, the park included a scenic outlook, roller coaster, movie theater, dance pavilion, photo studio, dining hall, miniature train, carousel and penny arcade.

Pen Mar Park reopened in May 1977. A multipurpose, open-air pavilion was constructed on the site of the original dance pavilion by the Pen Mar Park Pavilion Committee, a group of people from Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Everybody's Day, the annual commemoration of an earlier time at Pen Mar, is held every year on the last Sunday in August.

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Pen Mar Park facts



Hours: The park is open from 11 a.m. to sunset daily from the first Saturday in May to the last Sunday in October. It is open from 9 a.m. until sunset on weekends between those dates.

Cost: Free; donations suggested. There is a charge to rent pavilions. A Washington County resident may rent a pavilion for $45 and a nonresident may rent a pavilion for $65.

Telephone: For pavilion reservations and information, call the Washington County Buildings, Grounds and Parks Department at 240-313-2700.

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