In keeping with our commitment to highlighting local Frederick County destinations, Terri and I decided to go together to check out the historic Mount Olivet Cemetery. It is located at 515 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701. Their website is www.mountolivetcemeteryinc.com/fsk.html
The first thing we did was to pick up the cemetery brochure. This brochure contains a map identifying some of the more notable memorials and burial sites located throughout the cemetery – the Mausoleums, the WWII Memorial, the Key Memorial Chapel, the Confederate Monument and Confederate Row, the Fallen Firefighters Memorial, the Fire & Rescue Memorial, and the burial sites of Claire McCardell Harris (a renowned fashion designer), Governor Thomas Johnson, Jr. (1st elected Governor of the State of Maryland), Barbara Fritchie (heroine of Whittier’s famed Civil War poem), Margaret Scholl Hood (donated land for Hood College), General James Cooper (General, Lawyer, Politician, & Statesman), General James C. Clarke (Maryland Railroad pioneer), and Francis Scott Key (the man who penned our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner). If you go to www.findagrave.com, you can find a list of other notables located in this cemetery.
Below are some photos Terri and I took along our tour.
The back of the brochure states beautifully the following: “Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery is considered one of the most beautiful and distinguished burial grounds in the eastern section of the country. Here in the peaceful equality rest distinguished patriots, men who wore the Blue and those who wore the Gray, and thousands of others whose memory we cherish and to whom we can here so fittingly pay homage. The Charter of Mount Olivet Cemetery was recorded among the Land Records of Frederick County on October 4th, 1852. The first interment, that of Mrs. Ann Crawford, was on May 28, 1854. Today, in excess of 38,000 graves are occupied, yet within the spacious and expandable boundaries currently served by eight miles of paved roads, remain wide stretches of unplotted grounds – ample for many years in the future. On the brow of a hill overlooking the clustered spires of Frederick-Town, there stands a garden spot of peace and beauty. It is Mount Olivet, where all that is mortal of many of the nation’s patriots, slumber peacefully amid others of God’s children from throughout the area. It is Maryland’s Cemetery Beautiful”.
Terri and I both felt a sense of peace while touring the cemetery, thinking about all of the lives that lived before us and the accomplishments they made. We were in awe of the beauty and serenity of the grounds. We even passed by a funeral that was taking place, thinking to ourselves, that one day each and every one of us will be memorialized in our own special way.
If you have never toured this cemetery, we encourage you to do so. It will give you a new appreciation of our town of Frederick and the history that it so carefully preserves.
I leave you with more beautiful photos from a gorgeous fall day spent at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.