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June 19, 2008
BOONSBORO - Washington Monument State Park will re-open at noon on Friday and resume normal operating hours on Saturday of 8 a.m. to sunset. The 147-acre park was closed for repairs on June 5, a day after heavy thunderstorms caused extensive damage. "The park will re-open with all services restored except the museum," Park Manager Dan Spedden said. "Repairs to the museum building continue and will be accomplished without disrupting other park facilities. Camping and picnic shelter reservation holders who had been on standby for the weekend of June 20 have been notified that the park facilities will be open for their use. " Named for the stone tower erected by Boonsboro in 1827, Washington Monument State Park is believed to be home to the country's first completed monument to President George Washington, who explored the Upper Potomac and the western Maryland mountains as a young surveyor.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2011
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor hawk-watching trips to  Washington Monument State Park on Wednesdays, Oct. 5 and 19. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. in the park's uppermost parking lot, just below the monument. The hawk-watch itself is free, but there is a fee to enter the park: $2 for Maryland residents and $3 for others. No pre-registration is required. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, snacks or a lunch if they wish, and be prepared for chilly weather.
NEWS
February 17, 2001
Cherry Pie Hikers are up to monumental task Boy Scouts Mason McIlwee and Jacob Macomber weren't just hiking for cherry pies in Saturday's 3 1/2-mile hike to Washington Monument State Park - they had Webelos requirements to fulfill. "It was fun but I'm tired," Jacob said. The 10-year-olds both said they enjoyed the trek along with Jacob's father, Andy Macomber, and about 200 other people who braved the gale-force winds and chilling temperatures to help honor the nation's first president.
LIFESTYLE
October 8, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a hawk-watching trip Wednesday, Oct. 17, to Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain just east of Boonsboro. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the park's upper parking lot just below the monument. The trip will focus on migrating hawks, particularly sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper's hawks, northern harriers, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels. It will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | May 8, 1999
The Washington Monument State Park near Boonsboro received some improvements Saturday, courtesy of a group of volunteers. About 40 Bell Atlantic Telephone Pioneers, joined by about 30 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, worked from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday cleaning the park and attempting to make it more beautiful. They re-roofed two youth shelters, brought and installed two new park benches, spread mulch and moved gravel, among other tasks. Some of them even worked in the rain, simply changing clothes before resuming their jobs, said Joan Pope, of Lutherville, Md., the Pioneers' environmental chairperson.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | September 7, 2006
BOONSBORO - The day after the Battle of South Mountain, on their way to the bloodiest single-day battle in American history at Antietam, some members of the Federal cavalry chased the Confederate's Northern Virginia rear guard through Boonsboro. Skirmishes ensued. People attending the 35th annual Boonesborough Days this weekend will have an opportunity to learn about that bit of the town's history and more. South Mountain State Battlefield will help the Boonsboro Historical Society celebrate Boonesborough Days by providing living history demonstrations at Washington Monument State Park, about four miles east of town.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | May 11, 2013
Three buildings on two sites were dedicated as one museum Saturday, honoring the historical and cultural legacy of South Mountain State Park. South Mountain Recreation Area Superintendent Dan Spedden said Washington Monument and Gathland state parks roughly frame a 12-mile span of ridgetop that forms the battlefield for the Battle of South Mountain that occurred during the Civil War. But that battle is not all that the area has to offer in terms of...
NEWS
January 12, 1998
Closure of D.C. landmark gives Boonsboro monumental opportunity By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer BOONSBORO - With the Washington Monument in the nation's capital closed through mid-May for renovations, local park officials hope Washington County's monument will draw a few more visitors. Gerry Gaumer, the deputy site manager for the National Mall, said park rangers often talk to tourists about other monuments to George Washington, but said he didn't expect too many tourists to get their monument fix at South Mountain.
NEWS
May 1, 2001
Some highlights along the trail Maryland HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Crampton Gap to Weverton - The 6.7-mile span features a memorial to Civil War newspaper correspondents, a museum and the ruins of Gathland. Weverton Cliffs offers a view of the Potomac River gorge. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Annapolis Rocks - Intersection of U.S. 40 and Interstate 70. Overlooks the valley around Hagerstown. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Black Rock - 3 miles north of U.S. 40 access. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Pen Mar Park - Features an impressive westward view.
NEWS
April 10, 2008
The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will hold an open house and membership drive Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Greenbrier State Park Visitor Center. The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield originally began as the Friends of Gathland and the Friends of Washington Monument State Parks in 1992. The two groups later merged to form the new organization shortly after the creation of the State Battlefield in 2000. Since that time, the group has been active in assisting the battlefield staff in the preservation and interpretation of the battlefield.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | May 11, 2013
Three buildings on two sites were dedicated as one museum Saturday, honoring the historical and cultural legacy of South Mountain State Park. South Mountain Recreation Area Superintendent Dan Spedden said Washington Monument and Gathland state parks roughly frame a 12-mile span of ridgetop that forms the battlefield for the Battle of South Mountain that occurred during the Civil War. But that battle is not all that the area has to offer in terms of...
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LIFESTYLE
October 8, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a hawk-watching trip Wednesday, Oct. 17, to Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain just east of Boonsboro. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the park's upper parking lot just below the monument. The trip will focus on migrating hawks, particularly sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper's hawks, northern harriers, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels. It will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2011
It's a heart-pumping climb up the stone stairs to the top of the monument at Washington Monument State Park near the Washington County-Frederick County border. During the spring and fall months, James “Paul” Newton makes the climb almost daily, putting in long hours. The park is about 12 miles from his Jefferson, Md., home. From that location, Newton can see Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. For at least 10 years, Newton, 68, has headed up the volunteer effort to count migrating raptors, which include hawks and eagles, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2011
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor hawk-watching trips to  Washington Monument State Park on Wednesdays, Oct. 5 and 19. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. in the park's uppermost parking lot, just below the monument. The hawk-watch itself is free, but there is a fee to enter the park: $2 for Maryland residents and $3 for others. No pre-registration is required. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, snacks or a lunch if they wish, and be prepared for chilly weather.
NEWS
September 11, 2009
Battle anniversaries The 147th anniversaries of the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of South Mountain are being observed this weekend. Both battlefields will hold special tours, musical performances and living history demonstrations. Today, Sunday and Thursday, Sept. 17. Various locations at Antietam National Battlefield and Washington Monument State Park. Call 301-432-8065 or 301-432-5124. Boonesborough Days The 38th annual Boonesborough Days features about 150 craft vendors and tours of the recently renovated Boonsboro trolley station.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
BOONSBORO - Washington Monument State Park will re-open at noon on Friday and resume normal operating hours on Saturday of 8 a.m. to sunset. The 147-acre park was closed for repairs on June 5, a day after heavy thunderstorms caused extensive damage. "The park will re-open with all services restored except the museum," Park Manager Dan Spedden said. "Repairs to the museum building continue and will be accomplished without disrupting other park facilities. Camping and picnic shelter reservation holders who had been on standby for the weekend of June 20 have been notified that the park facilities will be open for their use. " Named for the stone tower erected by Boonsboro in 1827, Washington Monument State Park is believed to be home to the country's first completed monument to President George Washington, who explored the Upper Potomac and the western Maryland mountains as a young surveyor.
NEWS
June 6, 2008
Washington Monument State Park has been closed until further notice, workers were trying to clean up hundreds of trees that were felled along the C&O Canal towpath and some Allegheny Power customers remained without electricity Friday as a result of the storms that swept through the area two days earlier. As of Friday at 9:30 p.m., 44 Allegheny Power customers in Washington County still were without power, Allegheny spokesman Allen Staggers said. There also were 359 customers in Berkeley County, 278 customers in Jefferson County and 64 customers in Frederick County, Md., without power, Staggers said.
NEWS
April 10, 2008
The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will hold an open house and membership drive Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Greenbrier State Park Visitor Center. The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield originally began as the Friends of Gathland and the Friends of Washington Monument State Parks in 1992. The two groups later merged to form the new organization shortly after the creation of the State Battlefield in 2000. Since that time, the group has been active in assisting the battlefield staff in the preservation and interpretation of the battlefield.
NEWS
By TAMELA BAKER | September 14, 2007
Every year, thousands of people travel to Washington County to visit the site of one of the bloodiest battles in American history. Thousands more trek along the once bustling canal that drove commerce in the region of the Potomac River during another century. And millions flock to the county's shopping meccas in search of bargains. As significant as each of those destinations is, there is a number of lesser-known - but no less interesting - sites and attractions in Washington County that the average visitor might miss.
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