Mausoleum (HM18S2)

Location: Jefferson, MD 21755 Frederick County
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N 39° 24.294', W 77° 38.346'

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Gathland State Park

— Walking Tour Stop 6 —

Townsend regarded Gapland as a lasting monument to himself and his craft and wanted to rest here for all time. Townsend designed and erected his Mausoleum in 1895. Its four vaults were intended to house his remains and those of his wife and parents. A large iron likeness of his pet Great Dane, which Townsend sketched while staying at The Waldorf Hotel, was placed atop the tomb to keep vigil in his afterlife. But fate would not have it so. Townsend died at his daughter's home in New York City on April 15, 1914 and was buried alongside {his wife} Bessie in Philadelphia. The Gapland Mausoleum was never occupied, the sculpture of his dog was stolen, and the glory that was Gapland faded into ruin and indifference. But the spirit of this romantic journalist speaks out still in the epitaph above his tomb: Good Night - Gath.
HM NumberHM18S2
Marker Number6
Placed ByGathland State Park
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272768 N 4365033
Decimal Degrees39.40490000, -77.63910000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.294', W 77° 38.346'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 17.64" N, 77° 38' 20.76" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6022-6036 Gapland Rd, Jefferson MD 21755, US
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