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George Alfred Townsend and Gathland:: A Journalist and His Western Maryland Estate Paperback – July 8, 2014
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About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
Ms. Wiebe preserves the memory of a very interesting man who started life poor and earned the respect of many prominent people. He eventually mingled with the rich and famous – and wrote about them in his many newspaper columns. GATH sat for a photograph with Mark Twain and David Gray in Matthew Brady’s studio, and corresponded with politicians and government officials.
He also built a massive stone arch to commemorate war journalists. The book discusses this privately funded project in compelling detail.
I highly recommend reading this concise account of one man‘s life – a life that would otherwise be oblivious to us all. At the very least, when someone asks you “what do Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer and many other people have to do with a small park on a mountain top just off the Appalachian Trail in Western Maryland”?, you’ll have the answer!