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Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick

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Mount Olivet Cemetery is a cemetery in Frederick, Maryland. The cemetery is located at 515 South Market Street and is operated by the Mount Olivet Cemetery Company, Inc.HistoryOn October 4, 1852 a group of citizens from Maryland including Charles Edward Trail founded the Mount Olivet Cemetery Company. The company purchased 32 acres of land, which was designed by James Belden to incorporate walkways and driveways throughout the grounds. The cemetery was conceived primarily to provide several of the downtown Frederick churches more room for interments, after their cemeteries became full. Over time some of these smaller cemeteries were also relocated to Mount Olivet.One of the landmarks of Frederick, the episcopal graveyard, a family burying ground of some of the most famous personages of Maryland, was yesterday sold to G.L. Hughes. The plot where until about two years ago the first Governor of Maryland, Governor Thomas Johnson, rested, will soon be utilized for commercial purposes. All bodies were moved from the graveyard nearly two years ago to Mt. Olivet Cemetery.<"FNP 11/23/1915" /<Initial shares were sold for US$20 with the intention that after the cemetery was laid out that each share would be exchanged for 12 grave lots. The cemetery was formally established (chartered) in 1954. Mrs. Ann Crawford was the first interment at the cemetery, she was buried on May 28, 1854.Notable monuments and markersMount Olivet Cemetery has had many monuments constructed on the grounds since its establishment. These monuments honor significant historical people, events and the men and women who fought in many of the military conflicts the United States has been involved in.
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  • A great place to walk around and visit many graves of soldiers from the civil war. Much history to see. Most are in one area. Do some research before or call ahead for literature.  more »
  • A must see if you are in or near historic downtown Frederick. I experienced an excellent informational tour and enjoyable history presentation. Definitely worth the time whether you are visiting Frede...  more »
  • This lovely cemetery is clearly a point of great pride for Frederick, Maryland. Francis Scott Key, author of our national anthem, and Barbara Fritchie are buried here. The big draw for me was visiting...  more »
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  • This historic cemetery is a good place to visit. Francis Scott Key is buried here and many of the headstones are more than a hundred years old. The Civil War graves are lined up along the back fence and when I realized how many there were, it took my breath away. This place is a history lesson.
  • I visited this cemetery in April, 2017 with my brother and his wife. We were doing the "family history" tour-traveling from California. Soon after we arrived at Mount Olivet a kind man (Chris Haugh) asked if he could help us find a particular grave site. We were looking for Mc Clintock Young. Chris knew exactly who we were talking about and led us directly to the grave site. He had written an article on Mc Clintock and his family and told us stories we hadn't known about! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and Chris's knowledge and enthusiasm. He even went above and beyond by showing us several places around town where our relative lived and his old factory-that we would have never found on our own! I can't say enough great things about Chris Haugh and our incredible visit to the Mount Olivet Cemetery. We visited many wonderful places on our trip and this is my top pick! Be sure to go there on your trip!
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