May 17, 2006

Loudon Park: Confederate Hill


"Loudon Park is Baltimore’s largest cemetery, encompassing 350 acres and 15 miles of paved roads. Since 1853, the beauty and serene atmosphere of Loudon Park Cemetery have provided peace and comfort to area families. History is reflected throughout the park, with its simple headstones, mournful statues and stately monuments adorned with handcrafted figures and funerary urns.

Over 2,300 Union soldiers and more than 600 Confederate soldiers are buried in Loudon Park. The park is also the resting place of Mary Pickersgill, seamstress of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during its bombardment by the British in 1814. This famous flag inspired the writing of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Also of note is the Weiskittel mausoleum—constructed of cast iron and painted silver—which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mausoleum is the final resting place of the Weiskittel family, who were manufacturers of cast-iron stoves."
(text from www.loudon-park.com)

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel

2 comments:

CampRunamuck said...

I have an antique "Fire King" stove with "A. Weiskittle and Son" noted and am trying to get more information. Can you point me in the right direction? Any assistance you can provide is apprecoated.

falmanac said...

Try asking the good people at the Baltimore Museum of Industry at 410.727.4808 or http://www.thebmi.org/