“Oh, Say Can You See .... The Grave of Francis Scott Key?”
Located about a half-mile south of downtown, Mt. Olivet is the final resting place of the notable people of Frederick County - and has been since it opened in 1854, at which time many of these notables were moved here from previous not-so-final resting places.One of these was Francis Scott Key, the author of our National Anthem - remember, it was originally penned to be a poem; the lyrics, borrowed from an English drinking song, came later.
Key, who died in 1843, was buried at Mt. Olivet in 1866; he amd his wife are still lie beneath a fine granite monument that sits directly across from the Market Street gate.The Keys are in fine company; also buried here is the mythical Barbara Fritchie, made famous in the Whittier poem for something that nver happened during the Civil War. Speaking of which, Mt. Olivet is also home to the remains of some 200 Confederates who died in Frederick - the entire city became a makeshift hospiital follwing the battle in (nearby) Antietam - or the Battle of Sharpsburg to the purist Southeners. Also check out the memorial to the children of the Civil War.
A site for all those interested in history.
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