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Boonsboro Anniversary Marked at Washington Monument State Park

Nation’s First Monument to George Washington Rededicated

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently joined local dignitaries, officials and reenactors at Washington Monument State Park July 1 to celebrate Boonsboro’s 225th birthday.Representatives of the Maryland Park Service and Boonsboro Historic Society provided remarks during the ceremony, which included a re-dedication of the monument.

More than two hundred people walked the two-mile trail in Washington County to visit the site and participate in the celebration, taking in the scenic views from South Mountain.Standing 30 feet tall, the Washington Monument – built July 4, 1827 – was the first completed structure in the country dedicated to George Washington.The ceremony featured a historic reenactment from when the monument was first built, including the music of a fife and drum corps and a musket-firing salute from riflemen, carried out by the Sons of the American Revolution wearing military uniforms from the period.