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“Oh, Say Can You See .... The Grave of Francis Scott Key?”

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Ranked #12 of 52 things to do in Frederick
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Gaithersburg
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233 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Oh, Say Can You See .... The Grave of Francis Scott Key?”
Reviewed 21 July 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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English first
Frederick, MD
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Historical Civil War Cemetery is a great final resting place for loved ones”
Reviewed 10 May 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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Rohrersville, Maryland
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“Historical surprise”
Reviewed 7 May 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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Frederick, Maryland
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“Beautiful and Serene”
Reviewed 30 April 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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Goult, France
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“Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie, and a cast of thousands”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Along the fence driving to the right is a sad row of Conferate soldiers buried during the Civil War. Traditional Cemetary with every variety of marker and stone. Main entrance has a computerized list of burials and plot locations. Good for genealogists.

Visited November 2012
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