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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

High Rock: 1903

High Rock: 1903

Circa 1903. "High Rock Observatory near Pen Mar Park, Maryland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Waltzing across the state line

How wonderful to see this. Pen-Mar is there on the line between PA and MD, and I've heard there used to be a big stage for ballroom dancing at this lookout. My granfather's family had a hotel in Pen-Mar and in summers from about 1905-1915, as a boy, he used to drive the little train that met passengers in Waynesboro, and carry them up to Pen-Mar. Visited here a couple of times and climbed onto the now one story look-out. As you can see in this shot, it's quite a view!

I guess High Rock

Just wasn't high enough.

Watch for low-flying planes

The pavilion is gone but some traces of its foundations remain, along with a great deal of graffiti. It's a popular spot to launch your hang glider, as long as the prez isn't up at Camp David.

 
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