George Alfred Townsend and Gathland: A Journalist and His Western Maryland Estate

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The youngest correspondent to cover the Civil War and a pioneer in newspaper syndication, George Alfred Townsend came from modest circumstances. Using the pen name of GATH, he rose to fame and fortune after the war, and his career brought him into contact with sitting presidents and luminaries such as Mark Twain. Though almost forgotten today in the canon of Maryland authors, GATH left a lasting legacy of literature and a most unique monument. He created a lavish summer estate near Boonsboro, Maryland, named Gapland--now called Gathland. He also famously erected the War Correspondents Memorial Arch, a monument to fellow wartime journalists. Today, GATH's estate is preserved and interpreted by a state park and its museums. His commanding arch remains a bold reminder of the creative genius of George Alfred Townsend.
ISBN: 9781626194717
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maryland
Images: 50
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dianne Wiebe has served as a museum docent and researcher at the Townsend Museum in Gathland State Park for five years. She was formerly the executive director of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions, a project manager for the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation and operations director of the Preservation Society of Fells Point. Now a resident of Western Maryland, Wiebe previously worked in upstate New York as a journalist for several local newspapers. Dan Spedden managed Greenbrier State Park and South Mountain Recreation Area for twenty-three years. He successfully oversaw the merging of Greenbrier with Washington Monument and Gathland State Parks and the forming of South Mountain State Battlefield. Spedden worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for nearly thirty years and now oversees safety and security at Hood College.
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