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“Beautiful cemetery and tribute Francis Scott Keys” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Olivet Cemetery

Mount Olivet Cemetery
515 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21705
301-662-1164
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Ranked #9 of 43 things to do in Frederick
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“Beautiful cemetery and tribute Francis Scott Keys”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a very eclectic cemetery with lots of unique grave stones and statues. The main draw is the statue and tribute made to Francis Scott Keys. There is also a small exhibit and information sign. Worth seeing.

Visited August 2013
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“Oh, Say Can You See .... The Grave of Francis Scott Key?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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“Historical Civil War Cemetery is a great final resting place for loved ones”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

It's a very interesting cemetery to walk through. They have graves dating back to before the Revolution. In the back there are graves that until recently had very poor markers designating burial sites for Confederate soldiers.
Also, staff is very gentle and does their best to help you with burial plans for loved ones. They are very knowledgeable, kind and do their best to make recommendations that are affordable.

Visited May 2013
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“Historical surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have lived in Frederick for years and did not realize that we had this little gem in our midst. They have Francis Scott Key of course but they also have civil war tomestones and some examples of some of the more unique ways to memorialize your loved ones including a color etched headstone. Worth checking out if you have the time.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful and Serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Mount Olivet Cemetery is a beautiful sprawling site excellent for a peaceful walk. With the historic significance of housing the remains of Francis Scott Key the writer of our National Anthem it is well worth a visit if you enjoy the peaceful serenity of a facility dedicated to housing the remains of the departed.

The grounds are extensive with many of the avenues tree covered it is a pleasant place to stroll even in the heat of the summer.

It is on the very south end of historic Frederick so it is a bit of a walk to the restaurant district but parking is never a problem.

Visited March 2013
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