Quantico’s Hidden Cemetery

This cemetery of Quantico, Wicomico County, Maryland, was briefly mentioned earlier but here it is described in more detail.  I do not know how or if family members nowadays can access cemetery unless by foot.  The dirt drive to it is so overgrown, it is doubtful anything other than a substantial truck could get through now.   If you look closely at the second GoogleEarth image (and you may have to click on it), you can see the graves in a grove of trees (the enlargement is of the circled area of the area).  This is not the historic quaint part of Quantico, but the segregated area on the small rural town’s outskirts.   The third photo is of the dirt access road back in the late  1990s, the fourth was taken a couple of weeks ago of the entrance my Honda would never attempt.  The last two photos were taken during my 1990s visit.

The late James Trader, known for his painstaking efforts to document burial site  locations and other details about their history.  He was also President of the Maryland Coalition for the Protection of Burial Sites and a powerful advocate for their care.  But he did not at the time know who was taking care of the cemetery at the time nor what the cemetery was called.  At that time, in the 1990s, I was directed to Ruth Brittingham who at the time organized the funds to take care of it.  She told me the cemetery was called the Mt. Zion Cemetery, a multi-family cemetery not to be confused with the nearby church cemetery.  She believed the last to be buried there was buried in the 1970s.  She told me that natives of the area who moved to Philadelphia formed the Mt. Zion Cooperative Club, a social club that also donated funds for the care of the cemetery.  But even then their numbers were dwindling.

A full inventory of the cemetery has not been done, as far as I could determine.  Mr. Trader did not do inventories of names but at the time of his visit in 1995 he counted 70 grave markers and 60 graves with no markers.  When I visited, a few years later, I noted down the information from three markers of Civil War veterans:

  • Corpl. Sandy Pinkett, Co. H, 9 USC Inf. (no dates)
  • Jas. Steward, Co. K, 9 USCI, (no dates)
  • Corpl. Levin Gosley, (Oct. 22, 1843, d. Apr. 10, 1904

A “James Stuard” is listed in the Bounty Rolls of Co. K, 9th Regiment; his owner had been Rosa Taylor.  Levin Gosley was also listed in the Bounty Rolls, his owner was Solomon Gunter.

I do not know if the cemetery is cared for nowadays or if a detailed inventory had ever been done since I visited the pretty little peaceful spot.  I hope it never gets overgrown, that those buried there are never forgotten.

–Linda Duyer


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