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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.

 

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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 grandfather'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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