While Everybody's Day at Pen Mar Park is an annual celebration designed to offer something for people of all ages and tastes, this year's event was special for one person in particular -- Edith Sweigert.
Sweigert, 87, was honored Sunday for helping Washington County purchase and develop Pen Mar Park.
Sweigert was an administrator for the Washington County Parks Department from 1971 to 1992.
"Edith was instrumental in securing Open Space funds to purchase the park up there," said Jaime Dick, recreation director for the Washington County Recreation Department.
Dick said that when the Western Maryland Railroad opened Pen Mar Park, the park was the "equivalent of Ocean City, Md.," with hotels and a "full-blown amusement park." People traveled from the city to the park by train, before car transportation was prevalent.
As more people purchased cars, they started heading to the beach instead of to the mountain retreat. Dick said that in the 1960s, the State of Maryland wanted to purchase Pen Mar Park from the railroad, but the purchase fell through because of a budget shortfall.