A Buzzy Bi­cen­ten­nial

Where Baltimore - - Where Now -

On the Washington Mon­u­ment’s 200th birth­day—July 4, 2015—the city cel­e­brated in grand style with a reded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony, an elab­o­rate fes­ti­val and a visit from “Ge­orge” him­self. Why all the fuss? This mon­u­ment, with a corner­stone laid down more than 30 years be­fore that of its cap­i­tal coun­ter­part, was the first to honor the first pres­i­dent. Ar­chi­tect Robert Mills, who also de­signed the D.C. land­mark, chose lo­cal white mar­ble for this obelisk, which be­came the cen­ter­piece of el­e­gant Mount Ver­non Place. Now, af­ter a $5.5 mil­lion restora­tion, visi­tors once again ex­plore its mu­seum and climb 228 steps to the top. But there are new rev­e­la­tions, too. Re­cently found time cap­sules give in­sight into the value early Bal­ti­more­ans placed not only on the pres­i­dent but on na­tional free­dom.

Atop the mon­u­ment, a statue of Washington News­pa­pers found in­side the 1815 time capsule

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