Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
GATH: The Man and His Mountain
After the war, in 1865, Gath married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Evans Rhodes of Philadelphia. Bessie, as she was known, loved his writing. In 1884, Gath observed that “mankind is always interesting, but is also fatiguing.” Wanting a summer retreat, he built his baronial Gapland estate on this property over a ten year period. In 1896, Gath unveiled Gapland’s crown jewel, his War Correspondents Memorial Arch. He dedicated it to his colleagues, both North and South, who reported on the Civil War.
Eventually Gath’s prose style became less popular and no longer sustained his lavish lifestyle. In 1903, after the death of Bessie, he slipped into perpetual mourning to the detriment of his health.
Donated to the people of the United States by The Friends of South Mountain Battlefield.
Erected by Blue and Gray Education Society.
Location. 39° 24.297′ N, 77° 38.384′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road and Arnoldstown Road, on the left when traveling west on Gapland Road. Click for map. Located in front of Gapland Hall, the mark headquarters and visitors center, in Gathland State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Burkittsville MD 21718, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Troup Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial: A Most Disagreeable Task (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartlett Leads the Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stage is Set (within shouting distance of this marker); Gath's Empty Tomb (within shouting distance of this marker); Mausoleum (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. The marker displays a portrait of George Alfred Townsend, and the cover of The Entailed Hat, with the caption, “A prolific writer, GATH wrote numerous poems and plays, two text on political economy, and five historical novels during his career. The Entailed Hat was perhaps his most popular book.”
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Also see . . .
1. The Entailed Hat. From the project Gutenberg catalog. (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Washington, outside and inside. A picture and a narrative of the origin, growth, excellencies, abuses, beauties, and personages of our governing city, by George Alfred Townsend. One rather timeless question he poses - “What part of the government most requires correction, the executive or the legislative?” (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
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