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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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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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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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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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Honoring Henry Handy

Honoring Henry Handy

Jun 8, 10:30am

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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.


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Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery

Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery

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

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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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Memorial Day weekend, while often referenced as the beginning of summer, has a deep purpose beyond BBQs and pool days. Please take a moment this weekend to remember the fallen heroes who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

Memorial Day is about their memory. As you enjoy your freedom this weekend, please don't forget why you are able to do so.
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An interesting article about Salisbury in the 1800s. Found by one of our board members ... See MoreSee Less

An interesting article about Salisbury in the 1800s.  Found by one of our board members
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As part of this Friday's pet themed Third Friday event, Saint Peters Church will have two Blessings of the Animals in the courtyard of the church. So get your beloved friends twice blessed and then a third time in October when the Pet Garden at Parsons Cemetery holds our annual "Blessing of the Animals" event. Last year we even had a snake. ... See MoreSee Less

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‼️BE ADVISED‼️
A large tree limb has fallen blocking a portion of the roadway around Bishops Circle. Please avoid this area while we coordinate with crews to have the area cleared.
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3 weeks ago
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For May, we placed our Delmarva Pet Garden signs over the front hedge as a reminder of this unique service we offer. Our annual ":Blessing of the Animals" will occur in October. ... See MoreSee Less

For May, we placed our Delmarva Pet Garden signs over the front hedge as a reminder of this unique service we offer. Our annual :Blessing of the Animals will occur in October.
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