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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.
On 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 1854. Mrs. Ann Crawford was the first interment at the cemetery, she was buried on May 28, 1854.
Mount 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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  • I has a little trouble finding the entrance near Key's grave. Thankfully it's just inside the gate. There was a small area beside the grave I was able to park in. The grave is a giant monument...  more »
  • After leaving the battlefield, we took a quick trip to the cemetery. The Key memorial is right in front of the cemetery. It was a pleasant surprise to our visit to Frederick.  more »
  • It’s a great place to visit, but I’m not sure I’d want to live here.
  • It's a beautiful cemetery....I only wish I could of spent more time there. And, thanks for honoring the confederate soldiers.

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