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Est. 1873

 

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About Us

Parsons Cemetery is today both operational and historic. It is an urban green space, an outdoor museum, and in the words of architectural historian, Keith Eggener, urban cemeteries “are where life meets death, nature meets city, and present meets past.”

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Take a Tour

Parsons Cemetery covers 18 acres and is divided into several sections. Take a tour of our cemetery and learn what Parsons has to offer today.

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Large headstone with a cross on top

Preserving History

In addition to being an active cemetery, Parsons Cemetery is also a historic site. Many of Salisbury’s early leaders are interred in Parsons Cemetery. The Parsons Cemetery Committee works hard to provide historic information for our patrons and we offer a variety of self-guided tours.

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Wreaths across America at Parsons Cemetery

Working with Our Community

Parsons Cemetery takes great pride in working with the local community. Each December we host Wreaths Across America where we honor the 1,300+ veterans interred in Parsons. We also work with local organizations like Salisbury University, 4-H, and the Boy Scouts to keep the cemetery clean and the older markers maintained.

Parsons is grateful for the number of hours volunteered by the members of our local community.

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Upcoming Events @Parsons-Cemetery

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Spring Clean-up Day

Spring Clean-up Day

Mar 9, 10:00am - Mar 9, 1:00pm

912 N Division St, Salisbury, MD 21801-3663, United States Map

The Cemetery's leaves and the Wreaths Across America wreaths have been removed. Spring is on its way and it is now time to prepare the cemetery for Easter and the grass cutting season. We are asking friends and neighbors to volunteer. Children, accompanied by an adult, are more than welcome. You need only bring gloves. Guidance and directions will be provided along with trash bags. Your interest in this historic cemetery is greatly and gratefully appreciated.

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Memorial Day at Parsons Cemetery

Memorial Day at Parsons Cemetery

May 27, 8:00am - May 27, 5:00pm

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. The American Legion Post 64 will be placing flags on the graves of veterans on the 27th and removing them on June 3rd.

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Honoring Henry Handy

Honoring Henry Handy

Jun 8, 10:30pm

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Henry Handy was a member of one of Salisbury's founding families and owners of Pemberton Hall. Henry was buried at Pemberton Hall but was possibly reinterred at Parsons Cemetery. We will be holding a ceremony to honor his service in the Revolutionary War by dedicating a plaque and kiosk telling about him. A similar plaque will be presented at Pemberton hall at 1:00 PM

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Parsons Cemetery's thank you to Salisbury's First Responders

Parsons Cemetery's thank you to Salisbury's First Responders

Sep 11, 8:00am - Sep 11, 9:00am

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Please join Parsons Cemetery in honoring our First Responders on the anniversary of the day their brothers and sisters fought to save those caught in the terrorist attack of 9-11-2001.

Here are five ways you can do it!

Watch our video honoring the First Responders buried at Parsons.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeYxgzdyC5Q&t=20s


Read each of the 63 names of those resting here.
parsonscemetery.com/honoring-our-first-responders/


Visit the cemetery, stop at one of the graves, say thank you.
parsonscemetery.com/honoring-our-first-responders/

Tell us if you know of a First Responder buried at Parsons that is not on our list.
parsonscemetery.com/contact/

Join us at our Wreaths Across America event on December 16th since many First Responders are also Veterans
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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

Oct 6, 2:00pm

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In honor of the Feast of Saint Francis, patron saint of animals, we will be holding our annual Blessing of the Animals at the Delmarva Pet Garden located in Parsons Cemetery. We invite you and your pets to join us for this special event. The event is rain or shine and open to all.

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Veteran's Day at Parsons Cemetery

Veteran's Day at Parsons Cemetery

Nov 11, 10:00am - Nov 11, 12:00pm

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“Protecting our future by remembering our past,” in the words of the Doughboy Foundation (DF), Parsons Cemetery joins others across the country in its annual Bells of Peace Ceremony this Veteran’s Day.

Initiated in 2018 to commemorate the World War I Armistice's 100th anniversary, this ceremony at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month honors all Americans who have served their nation and the cherished peace we enjoy because of their dedication and sacrifice, the DF said.

At 11 a.m. that Saturday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, which owns Parsons Cemetery, will ring its tower bell 21 times. The church’s 8:30 a.m. prayer service will also honor the sacrifice of veterans. It usually lasts about half an hour.

At Parsons, the on-sit office opens at 10 a.m. with a display of Dr. Brent Zaprowski's new and unpublished Veteran's Self-guided Walking Tour memorializing the WWI veterans. Some 300 veterans of the “War to End All Wars” are interred at the cemetery, said Zaprowski, a member of the Parsons Advisory Committee. The office will remain open until 11:30 a.m. and all are invited. At 10:15 a.m., a guided walking tour starts, focusing on the graves of all veterans, from the War of 1812 onward. Carol Smith, who drafted the original tour, will lead. A moment of silence will be observed as the "Bells of Peace" ring. Some 1,238 men from Wicomico County were mobilized during WWI, Zaprowski added, and worldwide over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died.

Smith, also an advisory committee member and history buff, said the first public celebration of Armistice Day was in 1919. In 1954 it was renamed Veterans Day.

All are invited to the St. Peter’s prayer service and to Parsons for the walking tours. St. Peter’s is located at 115 St. Peter’s St. downtown. Parsons is located at 912 N. Division St. For more information call 410-749-6571.


www.military.com/daily-news/2018/11/02/heres-how-you-can-ring-bells-peace-your-smartphone-veteran...
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Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery

Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery

Dec 14, 8:00am - Dec 14, 10:00am

Parsons Cemetery Salisbury, MD

Parsons Cemetery will participate in this national event to honor the nearly 1400 veterans buried at our cemetery. Gates open at 9:00. Parade starts at 9:30. Ceremony at 10:00 followed by placement of wreaths

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There are so many beautiful Celtic Crosses in Parsons Cemetery. This one faces west right off Bishops Circle. According to legends, when St Patrick drew a cross on top of a circular stone to bless it. Thus originated the Celtic Cross, a symbol of combining two faiths; the Cross represents Christianity, and the circle represents eternity, having no beginning and no end.
Levin Ernest Williams
1854-1921, President, Farmers and Merchants Bank. Read more:
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We’re all about celebrating the rich history and cherished memories that reside within our grounds. 🌳 Whether it’s a peaceful stroll among the tombstones, a moment of reflection, or a fascinating encounter with local lore, we want to hear YOUR stories!

💬 Share with us: What’s your most memorable experience in Parsons Cemetery? Was it a touching tribute to a loved one, an intriguing historical find, or simply a moment of tranquility amidst the beauty of nature?

📷 Snap a photo, jot down your thoughts, and drop them in the comments below! Let’s weave together the tapestry of memories that make Parsons Cemetery so special. Don’t forget to tag friends and family who’ve shared in these moments with you. Let’s spread the love and stories! ❤️
#ParsonsCemeteryMemories #ShareYourStory #CommunityConnection
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We’re all about celebrating the rich history and cherished memories that reside within our grounds. 🌳 Whether it’s a peaceful stroll among the tombstones, a moment of reflection, or a fascinating encounter with local lore, we want to hear YOUR stories!

💬 Share with us: What’s your most memorable experience in Parsons Cemetery? Was it a touching tribute to a loved one, an intriguing historical find, or simply a moment of tranquility amidst the beauty of nature?

📷 Snap a photo, jot down your thoughts, and drop them in the comments below! Let’s weave together the tapestry of memories that make Parsons Cemetery so special. Don’t forget to tag friends and family who’ve shared in these moments with you. Let’s spread the love and stories! ❤️ 
#ParsonsCemeteryMemories #ShareYourStory #CommunityConnection

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When my uncle passed, the neighbors that they grew up with just walked out of the back door and came to the burial. Parsons was part of their playground growing up. It was behind the home they grew up in. Lots of great stories. Need a visit soon to say hello to mom and family buried there.

One of my favorite Parsons memories would probably be finding the grave of my great-great-grandfather’s sisters back in 2020. Most of the Dunn’s are buried in Somerset County or in Delaware, so finding a Dunn relative even closer to home was amazing. I try to visit every few months, & leave flowers, since neither one ever married & have no family left. The other sister’s grave is unmarked, to the right.

As a lifelong tapophile and a former Sexton, I was thrilled when I saw that Tiffany stone! Not common and I had never seen one before!

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In honor of Presidents Day we would like to remember Bertha Sheppard Adkins, no Miss Adkins was not a president but she walked amongst them, appointed first by Eisenhower, then Nixon. Miss Adkins, long involved in feminist causes, alternated her party and Government service with school administration. Her oral history is a very interesting first person account on women and female activism.

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In honor of Presidents Day we would like to remember Bertha Sheppard Adkins, no Miss Adkins was not a president but she walked amongst them, appointed first by Eisenhower, then Nixon.  Miss Adkins, long involved in feminist causes, alternated her party and Government service with school administration.  Her oral history is a very interesting first person account on women and female activism.  

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SU Libraries celebrates Black History Month with local artist Patrick Henry. He is from Worcester County and is known for his paintings depicting life on the Delmarva Peninsula. A signed copy of his book Images of the Eastern Shore: Collected, Versed is available in the Nabb Center. 💛 This painting is called Girl on a Yellow Plymouth. From the description of the painting provided by the Museum of Eastern Shore Culture, Henry chose a photo from the 1950s as inspiration: "I could not help but render the color palette for the painting in purer color., not toning the intensity much. I wanted to present the energy of growing up in "sock hop" culture, getting charged up by the music of Elvis Presley and Little Richard." ... See MoreSee Less

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THE WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC ROLLER COASTER
Granville T. Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) introduced the “Figure Eight,” the world's first electric roller coaster, in 1892 at Coney Island Amusement Park in New York. Woods patented the invention in 1893, and in 1901, he sold it to General Electric.

Woods was an American inventor who held more than 50 patents in the United States. He was the first African American mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War. Self-taught, he concentrated most of his work on trains and streetcars.

In 1884, Woods received his first patent, for a steam boiler furnace, and in 1885, Woods patented an apparatus that was a combination of a telephone and a telegraph. The device, which he called "telegraphony", would allow a telegraph station to send voice and telegraph messages through Morse code over a single wire. He sold the rights to this device to the American Bell Telephone Company.

In 1887, he patented the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph, which allowed communications between train stations from moving trains by creating a magnetic field around a coiled wire under the train. Woods caught smallpox prior to patenting the technology, and Lucius Phelps patented it in 1884. In 1887, Woods used notes, sketches, and a working model of the invention to secure the patent. The invention was so successful that Woods began the Woods Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, to market and sell his patents. However, the company quickly became devoted to invention creation until it was dissolved in 1893.

Woods often had difficulties in enjoying his success as other inventors made claims to his devices. Thomas Edison later filed a claim to the ownership of this patent, stating that he had first created a similar telegraph and that he was entitled to the patent for the device. Woods was twice successful in defending himself, proving that there were no other devices upon which he could have depended or relied upon to make his device. After Thomas Edison's second defeat, he decided to offer Granville Woods a position with the Edison Company, but Woods declined.

In 1888, Woods manufactured a system of overhead electric conduc
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A veteran actor, playwright and film director, Ossie Davis, grew up in Waycross, Georgia and attended Howard University for three years before leaving to pursue an acting career in New York City with the Rose McClendon Players. Within a year he was inducted into the military (1942). While stationed in Liberia in the Medical Corps and Special Services, he wrote several musicals. Upon his return to civilian service in 1945, he landed a role on Broadway in Jeb giving a performance that launched his professional career.
Davis passed away on February 4, 2005.
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