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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Maryland's “Cemetery Beautiful”

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2017
1. Maryland's “Cemetery Beautiful” Marker
Inscription. Mount Olivet Cemetery is considered one of the most distinguished burial grounds in the country. Here, in peaceful tranquility, rest national and local heroes, veterans of every major conflict in our country's history, inventors, artists, business entrepreneurs and thousands of others whose memory is cherished.

The Charter of the Mount Olivet Cemetery Company was recorded on October 4th, 1852. At that time 32 acres were purchased, and in 1853, a landscape architect named James Belden of Baltimore was hired to layout a “rural” or “garden” cemetery offering a peaceful, romantic resting place for both the wealthy and the average citizen.

Walks, driveways and plantings soon interlaced the entire grounds. Prominent citizens often hired the finest architects to design large, elaborate monuments in the form of obelisks, columns and other displays of masterful sculpting for their plots. Additional artistic elements included mausoleums, carved granite stonework, sculpted rails and gates, and ornate iron fencing.
 
Location. 39° 24.383′ N, 77° 24.759′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from South Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 South Market Street, Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Maryland's “Cemetery Beautiful” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2017
2. Maryland's “Cemetery Beautiful” Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Frederick's Other City” (here, next to this marker); O Say Can You See? (a few steps from this marker); Home of the Brave (a few steps from this marker); Final Resting Place (a few steps from this marker); Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Mount Olivet Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2017
3. Mount Olivet Cemetery
James Belden's original architectural plan for Mount Olivet Cemetery (c. 1853)
Close-up of photo on marker.
Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2017
4. Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD.
Close-up of photo on marker.
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By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2017
5. Restrictions
Restrictions were placed on pets, children (not accompanied by adults), smoking, “use of ardent spirits,” and cutting or pulling any shrub or flower. (Period Photos date from 1909).
Close-up of photo on marker.
Admit Lot-Holder image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2017
6. Admit Lot-Holder
Visitors and lot-holders alike had to abide by a strict set of rules and regulations put forth by the Cemetery Association. At one time, entry required a ticket or pass like the one above here.
Close-up of photo on marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 27, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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