The country is dotted with small communities like Crofton, MD, and many of them have small, local cemeteries. Usually they're behind a church, but not always, as is the case of this very tiny cemetery.
Crofton, MD has this unique, and largely unknown cemetery sitting right in the middle of a street, in a residential section. I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority of Crofton residents don't even know it's there. Of course you're not going to find any entrance sign to "Pearly Gates"...it's that small.
It's on Harrow Ave., right in the middle of the Crofton Triangle. The road starts out as a single road, and divides to go around the cemetary up on top of a berm in the road, and then turns back into a single road again. If you're driving by, you might think it a bit odd that the road does that, but if you don't look up and see the headstone, you'll pass it by in the blink of an eye.
The small cemetery, listed on the National Registry of Historic sites is only about 700 sq. ft. There are seven family members currently interred in one plot. A second stone marker also appears on the site.
The last recorded burial at the site was for Ann Elizabeth Hammond in 1911, long before the current Crofton Community was established.
Captain Ferdinand DuVall, interred at the site, fought for the South during the Civil War, and was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson for his taking part in the rebellion against the United States. The good Captain was wounded twice during his service.
So tonight, when you're trolling the neighborhood on Harrow Ave. for candy and treats, walk smartly past the cemetery...you never know!
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