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Green Mount Cemetery
Green Mount was where many of Baltimore's elite were buried, though beloved Governor William Donald Schaefer is not. In the pre-museum era, cemeteries had the best sculptures, art, the finest gardens... Read More
Green Mount was where many of Baltimore's elite were buried, though beloved Governor William Donald Schaefer is not. In the pre-museum era, cemeteries had the best sculptures, art, the finest gardens open to the public for free. Green Mount carries on this tradition beautifully. Also, because its stone gates are protective and the cemetery is raised above the surrounding landscape, the 68 acre "garden" cemetery is home to wildlife not commonly seen in any city, as well as providing an amazing view of downtown. Famous people buried here include Elizabeth "Betsy" Patterson Bonaparte, the abandoned socialite sister-in-law of Napoleon. It is also the final – confirmed in a recent Circuit Court case – resting place of John Wilkes Booth. In the words of Southern aficionado and author Jon Brayton, "It is here that we count backwards by studying history as it is - not how we wish it would be."
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Check in with the front office (if they're open). For a nominal fee, they'll give you maps with historical graves marked, look up ancestors' graves. Wear comfortable and secure walking shoes to get up and down the stairs delineating different sections of the cemetery."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: In this era of Civil War monuments disappearing fast, Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth is buried here, as well as co-conspirators Michael O'Laughlin and Samuel Arnold.