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Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mausoleum

Gathland State Park

 

—Walking Tour Stop 6 —

 
Mausoleum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
1. Mausoleum Marker
Inscription. Townsend regarded Gapland as a lasting monument to himself and his craft and wanted to rest here for all time. Townsend designed and erected his Mausoleum in 1895. Its four vaults were intended to house his remains and those of his wife and parents. A large iron likeness of his pet Great Dane, which Townsend sketched while staying at The Waldorf Hotel, was placed atop the tomb to keep vigil in his afterlife. But fate would not have it so. Townsend died at his daughter's home in New York City on April 15, 1914 and was buried alongside {his wife} Bessie in Philadelphia. The Gapland Mausoleum was never occupied, the sculpture of his dog was stolen, and the glory that was Gapland faded into ruin and indifference. But the spirit of this romantic journalist speaks out still in the epitaph above his tomb: Good Night - Gath.
 
Erected by Gathland State Park. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 39° 24.294′ N, 77° 38.346′ W. Marker is in Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Gapland Road. Click for map. The Marker is along the Appalachian trail 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
Mausoleum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
2. Mausoleum Marker
distance of this marker. Gath's Empty Tomb (here, next to 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stage is Set (within shouting distance of this marker); GATH: The Man and His Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Burkittsville.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesMan-Made Features
 
Mausoleum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
3. Mausoleum Marker
Gath's Sketch for the Mausoleum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
4. Gath's Sketch for the Mausoleum
Close-up of photo on marker
Good Night -- Gath image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
5. Good Night -- Gath
George Alfred Townsend's epitaph.
Close-up of image on marker
Good Night -- Gath image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
6. Good Night -- Gath
George Alfred Townsend's epitaph on the mausoleum
Mausoleum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
7. Mausoleum
Terra Cotta Urn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
8. Terra Cotta Urn
Door of the Mausoleum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
9. Door of the Mausoleum
The Empty Tomb image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
10. The Empty Tomb
Burial Plot and Mausoleum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2012
11. Burial Plot and Mausoleum
Built in 1895 by George Alfred Townsent (Gath)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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