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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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  • We found graves of Baltimore's famous like Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, Elijah Bond of Ouija Board fame, and Aubrey Bodine, photographer. The gates are locked, so visits are by appointment. A useful...  more »
  • Historic Greenmount Cemetery is worth seeing both because of the beauty of the setting and the art and architecture contained therein, but also because it is the final resting place of many...  more »
  • Very quiet and scenic. Located in a really rough area but this hidden gem is a must see. Free admission and parking, closes early.
  • Loved it. Very quiet and beautiful. Yes the cemetery is in a rough part of the neighborhood. But this hidden gem is a must see if ever given the chance. You can walk or drive. Admission is free. Free parking also.

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