Gathland State Park

Gathland War Correspondent's MemorialReservations

Contact: 301-791-4767

Washington and Frederick Counties

Gathland State Park
900 Arnoldstown Road
Jefferson MD 21755

Headquarters
Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro MD 21713

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

ALERT: (7/1/20) The grounds and pavilions at Gathland State Park are open to the public. The safety and well-being of our staff and visitors to Maryland State Parks is our top priority. To mitigate the risk of contact with the COVID-19 virus the museums are closed to the public. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.

A large stone monument dedicated to the memory of Civil War correspondents is the outstanding attraction of this day-use park. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses the park and passes the monument base. Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. In the late 1800s, Gathland featured a unique collection of buildings and structures designed and constructed by Townsend. Two of the structures, the main hall and lodge, were partially restored in the 1950s.

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