Dear Friend of Monocacy Cemetery,
On behalf of the Monocacy Cemetery Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your generous response to our 2022 Spring Appeal and respectfully ask you to consider supporting our 2023 Spring Appeal. With your assistance, we can continue to keep Monocacy Cemetery beautiful for your loved ones.
Your 2022 donations made these important repairs and enhancements possible:
- Painting exterior woodwork, replacing decayed wooden window and door frames, and reinforcing and securing the foundation and chimney on the historic 1915 chapel.
- Constructing the first part of the stunning stone wall along the cemetery’s entrance on Route 28, which opened a spectacular view of the cemetery.
- Ongoing maintenance for the caretaker’s residence.
The Board of Directors worked with many volunteers throughout 2022 to continue these important traditions at the cemetery:
- In December, more than 200 community members participated in Wreaths Across America and adorned the graves of 486 veterans with red-ribboned wreaths.
- For Memorial Day and Veterans Day, we honored these veterans by placing American flags on their grave sites.
- In March and November, we cleared seasonal decorations, and inspected the grounds.
And, sensitive to the cemetery’s unique needs, our caretakers worked tirelessly year-round to keep the grounds welcoming and dignified.
With your help, in 2023, we plan to:
- Restore the chapel floor and perform other maintenance with the goal of expanded use.
- Continue construction of the stone wall along Route 28.
- Create a plan to address broken “orphan” gravestones and monuments–sites with no descendants to contact about maintenance needs.
It is our honor to care for Monocacy Cemetery. Your donation, in any amount, is greatly appreciated. Please visit our donation webpage: https://monocacycemetery.com/donation/
President, Monocacy Cemetery Company
Directors: David Butler, Tom Conlon, Mary Conlon, Lynne Bodmer, Heidi Brenholtz, Lisa Hilton, Woody Hilton, Kenny Sholes, Jeff Sypeck, Glenn Wallace
The Monocacy Cemetery is located in the rural crossroads community of Beallsville in western Montgomery County, Maryland. The site is associated with Montgomery County’s early religious history, Civil War activity in the area, and the commemoration of the Civil War. The cemetery reflects a broad spectrum of American funerary customs, with a wide variety of grave styles; from the simple graves of Revolutionary War patriots to the ornate burial plots of the Victorian era to the standardized markers of the twentieth century. The overall design of the cemetery reflects a transition from a small church burial ground, to a picturesque landscape influenced by the “rural” cemetery movement, to an early twentieth-century perpetual care lawn cemetery. The thirteen-acre cemetery continues to be used as an active burial ground.
Our Vision & Mission
The Monocacy Cemetery Company strives to provide a peaceful environment in which persons may grieve and reflect upon their departed loved ones, as well as a staff that provides high-quality cemetery services.
Since 2006, Monocacy Cemetery has been meticulously researched and documented, providing fully-digitized burial records, complete photographic resources for every burial location, entire family trees for each person buried, and a gallery of over 3,500 portraits of those buried here.
On November 5, 2016, we dedicated a Veterans Memorial to honor all of our service members buried throughout Monocacy Cemetery.
We have been kindly gifted with a sculpture by a local artist, Brendan O’Neill, who created the piece for his father-in-law who was once buried at Monocacy Cemetery. (He was relocated to another cemetery that didn’t allow standing grave markers). Mr. O’Neill was asked if his sculpture could be repurposed as a veteran memorial and he accepted our request.