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Historic Cemeteries

Click here for a guide on the PRESERVATION & PROTECTION of historic cemeteries in Anne Arundel County:

The Resource Guide to Historic Cemeteries of Anne Arundel County

 

**JUST RELEASED, AUGUST 2020**

Learn about CEMETERY ICONOGRAPHY in this County by reading the new publication by this County's Genealogical Society, supported by the Cultural Resources DivisionArts Council, & Trader Foundation

Anne Arundel County Cemetery Art.

 


We need your help in protecting our historic cemeteries!

 

Click here to learn how to join the Citizen Preservation Stewardship Program for historic cemeteries.

Help us with documenting these important places by using

the digital cemetery documentation (online tool) or

 a downloadable documentation FORM. 

 



Our first Historic Cemeteries Symposium was a great success!

If you missed it, click on the symposium title below to watch a VIDEO of the event:

 

RESURRECTING HISTORIES: CEMETERIES OF THE FOUR RIVERS HERITAGE AREA”:

A SYMPOSIUM EXPLORING HISTORIC CEMETERIES IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

JUNE 8, 2019 

Galesville Community Center, 916 Benning Road, Galesville, MD 20765

Download the conference flyer here.

Find the agenda and speaker bios here.


Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery

Up until the 20th century, it was common to establish a small family cemetery on private land to bury your loved ones. These cemeteries are located in close proximity to older homes. Unfortunately, unchecked development and vandalism has destroyed above ground traces of these important cultural resources. Small family cemeteries hold an important place in the fabric of our communities, and the names found on the headstones are often found as the names to nearby roads or geographic features. These cemeteries represent the resting place of those who made Anne Arundel County the place it is today. In order to preserve these cues to the past, and respect the last resting place of our ancestors, County regulations do not allow cemeteries to be moved from their original location. 

When development is proposed near a cemetery, studies must be conducted to verify the extents of the cemetery boundaries. Vandalism often removes headstones, and wooden crosses used by less wealthy families do not survive to mark a graves location. When cemetery boundaries are marked, we often find outlier graves on the edges and outside the cemetery boundaries. To prevent an unexpected discovery when construction begins, we require that a 25-foot buffer be placed around the cemetery to protect against the inadvertent disturbance of undiscovered graves. 

Cemetery Preservation Easement Template 
Resource Guide to Historic Cemeteries of Anne Arundel County  
Anne Arundel County Cemetery Art 
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society's Cemetery Records 

The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society's Cemetery Committee maintains a listing of known cemeteries in the County.