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Washington Monument State Park to Unveil New Museum

Washington Monument Visitors Center

Washington Monument Visitors Center

Who: Open to the public

What: Museum Grand Opening Celebration

Where: Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown

When: Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $3 per vehicle

Contact: 301-791-4656

Calling all nature lovers and history buffs! Washington Monument State Park is unveiling its newly renovated museum at a grand opener celebration, featuring fun, family-friendly tours, activities and presentations. 

“It has been more than exciting to see these old historic structures renovated and transformed into a beautiful museum,” said Park Manager Dan Spedden. “Its exhibits will tell stories of the region’s rich history, illustrating events that shaped not only our State but our entire nation.”

Visitors Center Before

Visitors Center Before

The museum consists of three historic buildings ─ the main building is at Washington Monument State Park and the others are at nearby Gathland State Park. The museum interprets events of the nation’s first monument to honor George Washington, the Civil War Battle of South Mountain and the literary career of noted author and war correspondent George Alfred Townsend.

The celebration will also include the National Park Service Junior Ranger program, the Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s Scales and Tales presentation, an artillery display, tours of the Washington Monument, and an exhibit commemorating the 145th anniversary of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

A free shuttle bus service will take visitors to and from nearby Gathland State Park, where in addition to the new museum, a living historian will greet visitors as Gath, a famous correspondent and writer. The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield are sponsoring the event.