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The cornerstone of the Washington Monument contains three glass jars containing newspapers, and maybe more.
Crews working to complete the restoration of the Washington Monument unearthed another time capsule on Mt. Vernon this week. This time, they found a 200-year-old time capsule inside what is believed to be the monument’s original cornerstone.
Along with rare views of the city, the restoration on Baltimore’s Washington Monument turned up a small box that leaders hope will be a trove of city history. The contents, however, will remain a mystery at least for the time being.
Little things have happened around Baltimore to signify that the Holidays are here. The Mayor’s Parade occurred this past Sunday in Medfield and Hampden, the lights are up on 34th, and the nightly light show in the harbor has been in full swing since mid-November. This Thursday, the Monument in Mount Vernon will be lit up for the holidays and we can all embrace the season – lights, decorations, cheery music and all.
If you find yourself in Mount Vernon around 5:30p on Thursday – stick around. There will be local choirs and renowned food vendors until the lighting, laser show and fireworks at 7:00p. First Thursdays at the Monument may just be for the summer months, but this is a first Thursday you can enjoy in a down jacket with some hot cocoa and a Santa hat.
The Washington Monument on Charles Street in Mount Vernon
Thursday, December 6th
To partake in a Baltimore Holiday Tradition that fully kicks off the season. Fireworks! Lights! Carols! Hot cocoa!
I’ve heard more than a few Baltimoreans boast about our Washington Monument — that it was there first; that you can actually climb to the top of ours, instead of merely admiring it from afar.
What they weren’t so quick to mention was that the monument itself was sort of icky and dangerous. So dangerous, in fact, that it was closed to the public as of last summer, after an engineering firm found potentially frightening flaws in the foundation of its balcony (rusty support brackets, missing mortar). The park around the monument is a little worse for wear, too. As the Hopkins Gazette notes, “the four parks have been in slow but steady decline in recent years. The area’s sidewalks and the steps leading up to the monument are crumbling and showing signs of age. The landscape has not been maintained, and several drainage issues exist.”
But with a long view toward the monument’s bicentennial in 2015, area merchants and Johns Hopkins are pooling funds to spruce things up a bit. Though the monument is owned by the city, it was a seed grant from Hopkins that got the refurbishing jumpstarted. (The Peabody Institute, one of Hopkins’ many tentacles, borders Mount Vernon Place.) If you’re in the area over the next few weeks, look out for landscaping, flowers, bench repairs/re-paintings, new tables and chairs, and freshly pruned trees and bushes.
But in order to get the place in the best shape possible, it’ll take significantly more cash than the $65,000 they’ve already raised — perhaps as much as $12 million, in fact. Think it’ll be worth it?