Historic Cemeteries and Monuments

Monuments and memorials stand as reminders of our past.  Their builders intended them to survive for generations.   Although materials such as stone and metal traditionally have been selected to commemorate the people and events most meaningful to us, the inscriptions and details of tombstones, monuments and sculpture can be obscured over time.  The survival of so-called permanent materials depends on the type of stone, construction, exposure to weather and degree of maintenance received.  With a better understanding of the materials and their processes of deterioration, maintenance efforts can be designed to prolong the time our monuments convey their meaning.

Historic Cemetery Preservation

Holy Trinity Cemetery, Eldersburg, Carroll County

Cemeteries and burial grounds are complex cultural landscapes.  Click here to learn about what issues to consider and steps to take in planning a cemetery preservation project, legal protection for cemeteries and burial grounds; inventory and National Register designation; sources of assistance for documentation and preservation.

Historic Monument Preservation

Francis Scott Key Monument, Fort McHenry NM&HS, Baltimore

The Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments was created in 1989 to inventory the approximately 400 military memorials honoring Maryland’s veterans, to secure funds for the preservation of those in need, and to develop educational and tourism materials relating to their history.  Learn about this ongoing effort to preserve our memorials.


This page updated: July 17, 2014