KG Bethlehem

Built-in 1827, the initial tower was the first monument dedicated to George Washington. The Washington Monument in Baltimore was completed two years later, but it started earlier in 1815. The more known Washington Monument in the District of Columbia was not finished until 1885.

Another well-known fact in regards to this park, Owen Brown, the son of abolitionist John Brown and the highest-ranking surviving, uncaptured member of the party assembled for John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. He led a party of five escapees from the failed raid to safety in the north. On the night of October 23, 1859 these men ascended the slope of South Mountain after circling Turner’s Gap to avoid the men and dogs lying in wait for them in the mountain pass. To their surprise, there on the crest of the mountain was a stone tower. Owen Brown spoke about the experience during his only…

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