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Washington Monument State Park
Based on 16 traveler reviews
A must for Civil War buff's
Sep 23, 2014 by: zzyzzx from Baltimore, MD
This park contains a museum about the Civil War battles that happened in the park. It's worth going just for that (although the museum on Gathland State Park should be in your list after this one). It also has nice views and the Washington Monument. This place is worth stopping for just for a bathroom break if needed. Note that this place has seasonal hours and is closed in the winter.
Nice Park - Excellent Staff
Sep 12, 2014 by: Jerry B from Hermitage, Tennessee
Very nice park. Well kept and very interesting. Easy walk to the monument and wonderful views. Tom and Trish in the visitor center were extremely helpful, even to the point of telling us where to get some great ice at a local creamery. I highly recommend a stop here.
Excellent interpretive centre, beautiful park!
Sep 08, 2014 by: shyviolet76 from Woodstock, nb, canada
We only found this park because we missed the turn to go elsewhere, and we were so glad we did! The Civil War interpretation centre was really well done and the park itself is beautiful, with excellent views of the valley. The gentleman on duty was a delight to talk to. The cairn erected to Washington is unusual, a unique statement of homage paid by local citizens to the 1st President. Well worth the detour.
Not worth a detour
Jul 27, 2014 by: HelenaGuerra from Washington DC, District of Columbia
The best thing about it is the view of the valley. The monument itself looks like a chimney and is very underwhelming. The staff in the visitor center, a nice older man, was very helpful. Not worth a detour.
A bit of history
Jun 13, 2014 by: Loretta69 from Rumford, Rhode Island
The highlight of the park is the first monument built to honor George Washington. It was built to a height of 15' with a base 54' in circumference in one day by most of the citizens from nearby Boonsboro, MD on 7/4/1827. Its most recent restoration was by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and it stands at 34 feet high now. You actually reach it by hiking on part of the Appalachian Trail and once at the monument there is a small winding staircase to the top which has a viewing platform. You can look out over the surrounding area for miles on a clear day. During the Civil War, the Union Army used it as a signal station. Picnic tables and grills are available in the park, as well as restrooms and a small museum. On the day of our visit, a group was providing a "hiker feed" for thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail and we got to talk to Dinosaur (trail name), a young lady from Germany. Most interesting. This park is definitely worth visiting and I hope to return.
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