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Memorial Grove Project

The Memorial Grove in Druid Hill Park is the country’s first memorial of its kind, and was planted on October 8, 1919 to memorialize those who fought in the First World War. A white oak was planted for each state, one for Baltimore, one for allies, and one for the wartime President, Woodrow Wilson. Since then, trees have been added to memorialize more recent wars.

The Friends of Druid Hill Park, with Parks and Recreation and others, help maintain the Grove. We have benefited from the assistance of community members during workdays, which keep the grove tidy, help the trees remain healthy, and maintain the historical features of the grove.

For example, Eagle Scout candidate Malcolm Dirton worked on a project, with the help of other area scouts, to catalog the brass plaques placed at the base of each tree when they were planted. Because of their hard work, we know that out of 56 original markers, 42 are missing. It is the goal of the Friends to replace these plaques, so that the Grove can be seen again in all of its glory, to honor the many men and women so committed to our country.

To help fund the manufacturing of a replacement plaque, please click the "Donate Now, Memorial Grove" button to the left to make a secure donation via Acceptance Mark. Because we engage the community as volunteers for projects such as these,  donations of any size have a large impact! Please consider making a donation today.

If you would prefer to contribute by check, please make it out to the Friends of Druid Hill Park, write “Memorial Grove” in the memo section, and send it to :

Friends of Druid Hill Park
PO Box 12776
Baltimore, MD 21217

More information will be forthcoming as we get further in to this project. Check back soon to see how we are progressing!

Photos used with the permission of Jeff Ellis, Tom Orth, and FoDHP
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