Near Middletown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Volunteer villagers of nearby Boonesboro celebrated their Independence Day July 4, 1827, by building and dedicating this first monument to the memory of George Washington.
Repaired and altered many times over a hundred years by patriotic citizens, it was finally restored to its original design in 1934-36 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
This monument, used by the Union army during the Civil War as a signal station, and its surrounding land, was bought by the Washington County Historical Society in 1922 and presented to the State of Maryland for park development in 1934.
This massive structure was certified a "Maryland Historical Monument" in March, 1972; and a "National Historical Monument" in November, 1972.
Topics and series. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1972.
Location. 39° 30.026′ N, 77° 37.395′ W. Marker is near Middletown Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6620 Washington Monument Trail, Middletown MD 21769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Completed Monument Dedicated to the Memory of George Washington (a few steps from this marker); 1797 / 1799 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1776 / 1777 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1781 / 1783 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1774 / 1775 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1789 (about 300 feet away); 1759 / 1758-74 (about 300 feet away); 1749 / 1753-58 (about 400 feet away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,892 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7, 8. submitted on May 16, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.