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 Mount Olivet Cemetery

In the early 1850’s, well before the outbreak of the Civil War, Frederick City consisted of many cemeteries, which were adjoining churches in downtown historic Frederick, MD.  As the city population was growing so were the churches and their congregations.  The cemeteries were rapidly reaching their capacity for burials.

A committee was formed comprised of members of each church to discuss a resolution to the problem of burial space. It was decided that a new cemetery would have to be developed to serve these churches as well as the entire City of Frederick.         

The Charter of Mount Olivet Cemetery was recorded among the Land Records of Frederick County on October 4th, 1852. The first interment, that of Mrs. Ann Crawford, was on May 28, 1854. Today, in excess of 34,000 graves are occupied, yet within the spacious and expandable boundaries currently served by eight miles of paved roads, remain wide stretches of un-plotted grounds -- ample for many years in the future. 

Francis Scott Key Monument
FSK Monument dedicated on August 9, 1898.
FSK Monument as it appears today at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The Star Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream.
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it e'er when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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