The tour is scheduled for Fridays and Sundays, but with one twist: it’s at night! Mount Olivet is beautiful in the day time, says Ron, but at night, it takes on a different feel.
Considering 38,000 souls are buried there, I’d imagine it would have a different feel. Francis Scott Key and his family are there, as is Maryland’s first governor.
But what’s most impressive is the row of 300 graves that hold the bodies of confederate soldiers taken from the battlefields of Maryland and Pennsylvania, Gettysburg, Antietam and the battle of Monocacy Crossing — to name a few.
The white flag in front of one grave is the only Marylander (positively identified) in the row. Maryland was a border state with its share of Confederate volunteers. I was surprised to learn no Union soldiers are buried at Mount Olivet.
Check out the video below of WTOP’s David Burd showing the grave site
The mass grave of the 400 confederate soldiers is directly in the back of some residential homes and, yes, residents say they’ve heard music emanating from the grave site. They’ve also seen images of Confederate soldiers roaming the cemetery.
It was spooky enough at 8 a.m., imagine what it would be like at night.
On Oct. 5, Mount Olivet will open its gates after dark and, for the very first time, offer special candlelight walking tours of the grounds. Master storytellers dressed in period attire will lead visitors through the cemetery’s hollowed grounds.
The tour will last 90 minutes and no reservations are required. Just be at the front gate between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 for the tour, $8 for military service members.