Situated amid tranquil surroundings, Rose Hill Cemetery is Washington County’s oldest public cemetery, originating in 1865 under the guidance of William T. Hamilton, who later became Maryland’s Governor from 1879-1883. Rose Hill is the final resting place for thousands of people who have journeyed through County history. There are Governors, Senators, Congressman, Judges, Mayors, Soldiers that served in the military dating back to the Revolutionary War as well as the everyday people who are the heart of Washington County. There is also a stone memorial that is over 100 years old for a dog named “Rollo.”
When the land that Rose Hill sits on was originally chartered back in the 1700’s, it was less than 30 acres and located in the Funkstown district.
The Site was part of a tract of land granted to the Wroe family by the King of England during Colonial times and was purchased by Dr. John A. Wroe and his wife. The Wroe home was located on a hill which became know as “Wroe’s Hill,” but in 1866 it was changed to “Rose Hill” when chartered as a cemetery for the citizens of Washington County.
The Cemetery purchased and sold land throughout the years and currently has more than 110 acres providing our community with ample burial space for many generations to come. Currently there are many sections available for purchase in the monument and garden areas at Rose Hill.
A Cemetery Within A Cemetery
This cemetery is where 2,467 Confederate soldiers from the battle of Antietam and South Mountain are laid to rest. Out of the 2,467 soldiers only 346 were able to be identified.
On February 28, 1877 a monument was placed at the cemetery. The monument stands 19 feet high representing Hope leaning upon her anchor with flowing robes and upon her brow sits a single star, perhaps the single star of the Confederate Army. She is called “Statue of Hope.”