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R.M. Hays and Bros. photographs (- Entrance to Rose Hill Cemetery)

Hagerstown, Rose Hill Cemetery Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Rose Hill Cemetery, Washington County's oldest public cemetery, was created in 1866, just after the close of the Civil War. Before this time burials in the Hagerstown area were held in church cemeteries or private family lots. All local residents could be buried in Rose Hill regardless of their race or religious denomination.

The land where the cemetery is located belonged to the Wroe family - Dr. John Wroe was a physician in Hagerstown. Their home along the Hagerstown-Sharpsburg Turnpike was named "Wroe's Hill". This may be the origin of the name Rose Hill. William Hamilton, later U.S. Senator and Governor of Maryland, was chair of the first organizing meeting. (Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties)



Ellen DiBiase & Lewis Mountcastle

The caretaker's house and the cemetery office were built in 1907.

after 1907.

Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Original Size:
20 x 26 cms

Washington County (Md.)--History--Pictorial works; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--Pictorial works; 1863 - 1920

Washington County (Md.), 1863 - 1920

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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