ODD Crofton, MD

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"'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.

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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.

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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.

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So tonight, when you're trolling the neighborhood on Harrow Ave. for candy and treats, walk smartly past the never know!

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 Richard Iarossi is a full time licensed REALTOR®, working in Crofton, MD. My coverage areas are: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Queen Anne, and Baltimore City and County. I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Use the registration free search on my website at If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®...I can help. Call me at 443-995-9595 (Cell) or 410-451-6255 (Office).

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Comment balloon 5 commentsRichard Iarossi • October 31 2013 07:14AM


This is priceless Richard. 

Sometimes it's the little things that make a community unique and with special interest. 

TOTOH, I have had buyers deliberately avoid buying homes within a block or so of cemeteries.

Oh well.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

I love reading about things like this Rich.  Sometimes it's the smallest and most odd things that make a community interesting.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 6 years ago

I love finding the little cemeteries tucked away in neighborhoods.  Many people just overlook them.  Thanks for the write up on the one in Crofton.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 6 years ago

Rich, A perfect day to read this post!  :-)  I noticed the other day that I pass by one nearly every day and RARELY even notice it.  There never seems to be anyone there but, on Monday, there was.  It had been years since I'd noticed that graveyard and it sort of tugged at my heart, the thoughts of those forgotten there. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 6 years ago

Rich ~ Looks like it may not be as restful of a place as it was 1911. Great Halloween post!

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) almost 6 years ago

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