Darnestown in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Clues to the Past: Oral History and Archaeology
The mystery remains as to who were the occupants of this graveyard. Between 1994-1999 historical research and several archeological digs were conducted to help shed some light on the question. The nearby Darnestown Presbyterian Church had a cemetery that dates from the 19th century; it is possible that residents not affiliated with this congregation were buried in this smaller non-secular graveyard. Equally, travelers whose demise occurred while in Darnestown may been put to rest in this lot. The lack of tombstones could also indicate patronage by some residents lacking financial resources for an elaborate burial. There is even a possibility that some unidentified graves belong to Union soldiers.
Because of a variety of factors -- missing markers, possible grave robbing, neglect over time -- this cemetery was lost to the ages. The occupants might be nameless, but certainly not forgotten.
Erected 2012 by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° Touch for map. The marker is in The Darnestown Square Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14029 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg MD 20878, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Disease, Death, and Medical Discoveries During the Civil War (here, next to this marker); A 19th Century Crossroads (here, next to this marker); Andrew Small Academy (here, next to this marker); The Origins of Darnestown (here, next to this marker); Darnestown: A Strategic Point of Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Troops & Darnestown Residents (within shouting distance of this marker); The Signal Corps and Wartime Communications (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War in Darnestown (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darnestown.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.