For the last several years, I’ve been meaning to take a little side trip to find whatever might be left of the Bush Creek Friends burial ground in Monrovia, a tiny little railroad crossing in Frederick County, Maryland. At some point in its history, it was a thriving little town and the local Quakers sought permission to establish a meeting there. Ultimately, the meeting house, which was located very close to the railroad tracks, burned to the ground and due to the dwindling membership, the meeting was laid down. The burial ground itself is still there, though not exactly the easiest place to find.
I knew, from old atlases, roughly where it should be, but without the aid of one of the neighbors in the area, I don’t know if I would have realized where it was.
As you come down Green Valley Road and pass under the old railroad bridge, there is an old house, right after the bridge. If you turn into the old road just past that house and follow it to the sharp bend in the road where it starts to turn back toward the main road, you will see an old crossing point over the train tracks. Once you cross the tracks and head to the right, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the grounds up in the woods.
When I first stepped into the woods, it looked like there might just be a few stones in the area, but once I walked up into the clearing, it was obvious that it was a much bigger area than I had thought. The yard is very overgrown with various plantings and quite a few of the stones are toppled but it does not look like there has been that much vandalism, or, if so, they have been far tidier than most vandals. Most of the stones are fairly easy to read, and there are some very nice slate stones that are very clear.
Because so many of the stones are hidden in the undergrowth, I was only able to photograph about about 20 of them, but in the next few days, I’ll be adding those that I can identify to the main site under Frederick county. Since the Bush Creek meeting was part of the Pipe Creek Monthly meeting at one point, some of the records are gathered under Pipe Creek’s records. And at least some of those records were extracted by Harry Peden a number of years ago, so I have somewhere to start on the search.