A Buzzy Bicentennial
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