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Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore

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Green Mount Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Established on March 15, 1838, and dedicated on July 13, 1839, it is noted for the large number of historical figures interred in its grounds as well as a large number of prominent Baltimore-area families. It retained the name Green Mount when the land was purchased from the heirs of Baltimore merchant Robert Oliver. Green Mount is a treasury of precious works of art, including striking works by major sculptors including William H. Rinehart and Hans Schuler.The cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Guided tours are available at various times of the year.A Baltimore City Landmark plaque at the entrance reads:"Green Mount Cemetery was dedicated in 1839 on the site of the former country estate of Robert Oliver. This was at the beginning of the 'rural cemetery movement'; Green Mount was Baltimore's first such rural cemetery and one of the first in the U.S. The movement began both as a response to the health hazard posed by overcrowded church graveyards, and as part of the larger Romantic movement of the mid-1800s, which glorified nature and appealed to emotions. Green Mount reflects the romanticism of its age, not only by its very existence, but also by its buildings and sculpture. The gateway, designed by Robert Cary Long, Jr., and the hilltop chapel, designed by J. Rudolph Niernsee and J. Crawford Neilson, are Gothic Revival, a romantic style recalling medieval buildings remote in time. Nearly 65,000 people are buried here, including the poet Sydney Lanier, philanthropists Johns Hopkins and Enoch Pratt, Napoleon Bonaparte's sister-in-law Betsy Patterson, John Wilkes Booth, and numerous military, political and business leaders."'' In addition to John Wilkes Booth, two other conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are buried here, Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlen. It is common for visitors to the cemetery to leave pennies on the graves of the three men; the one-cent coin features the likeness of the president they successfully sought to murder.
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  • If you’re a fan of Civil War history, this place is a must see. I’m not from the area, and be advised it is not in a great part of town. You can grab a map at the office when you come into the cemeter...  more »
  • As a historian and serving Soldier, I’m glad to have spent a couple hours here on Veterans Day. Though it is no military cemetery, it is no ordinary graveyard. Green Mount has great architecture and a...  more »
  • Greenmount Cemetery is in a very shady & run down part of town. With that being said, the cemetery seems to do a great job with security. When you first enter the grounds it is required that you first...  more »
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  • Stopped by on a very cold December afternoon to visit the graves of Elijah Bond (Ouija board inventor) , John Wilkes Booth, and Johns Hopkins. Would be a nice place to walk around on a warmer day.
  • Excellent place to be buried! My awakening was very calm; the dirt was porous and dry providing an easeful transition back to the land of the living!
  • Very cool place. But please be mindful of where you are. The area is improving but still bordering some nasty, abandoned neighborhoods.
  • Spooky.
  • Great history. Wortha trip if you were a history or maybe English major and enjoy the unusual.
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