Dear Friend of Monocacy Cemetery:
Our Board of Directors worked throughout 2021 and 2022 to maintain and improve this important and historic place. New signage now marks the rows, making it easier to locate graves. Each entrance now has its own sign as well. We removed trees and limbs at risk of falling and damaging gravesites, and we performed our customary clearing of debris and seasonal ornaments in March and November. Sensitive to the special nature of the cemetery, our caretakers continue to work diligently year-round to keep the grounds welcoming and dignified.
If you visited in December 2021, you saw the cemetery adorned with donations from Wreaths Across America. The graves of our Veterans—475 in all—were each marked with a wreath thanks to amazing efforts of volunteers. It was an inspiring sight, and we’re grateful to all who contributed. Since then, ten more Veterans have been laid to rest here.
This year marks Monocacy Cemetery’s 150th anniversary. We hope to begin vital preservation work on the historic chapel in honor of this significant milestone. Built in 1915, the chapel is a focal point of the cemetery, and many of its earliest graves are near this enduring landmark. The chapel requires urgent repair. Decayed wood around doors and windows needs to be repainted or replaced and stonework along the foundation needs to be secured.
We need your financial assistance to keep Monocacy Cemetery beautiful and to repair the historic chapel. We invite you to donate to our annual spring appeal. Please visit our Donation webpage: http://monocacycemetery.com/donation/
With your help, we can keep Monocacy Cemetery dignified for your loved ones, and a place of reflection and peace for generations to come.
The Monocacy Cemetery Board of Directors
Tad Bodmer, David Butler, Tom Conlon, Lynne Bodmer, Heidi Brenholtz, Mary Conlon, 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.