Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fredrick, MD – 16 JUN 2012

Besides being a Monument, this is also the grave site of the lyricist of “The Star-Spangled Banner”:
His parents and two other families are behind the fence:
Both the Union and the Confederate troops marched through the city of Frederick.
Barbara Fritchie’s Monument has the entire John Greenleaf Whittier poem engraved on it.
This is the grave site of Thomas Johnson – First Governor of Maryland:
Another notable:
There were several interesting images:
A few new images among the old:
And some Sisters of Sorrow:
Plus a brick chapel:
View more of my cemetery art: Merrilee Adler on Flickr

Covered Bridges of Fredrick, MD – 12 JUN 2012

I’m winding down my two year stint contracting to the US Army and my last stop puts me back at Fort Deterick. This is my third trip here and I’ve already written about the Civil War Medical Museum and Barbara Fritchie, but I found a few more interesting items in the neighborhood. Close by, are three of last eight remaining covered bridges in the State of Maryland.
My first stop was the Utica Mills Covered Bridge over Fishing Creek.
It was originally at the current location of the Devilbiss Bridge and went across the Monocacy River. It was badly damaged during the flood of 1889; the surviving half was disassembled and moved by wagon to Utica, where it was reassembled over Fishing Creek. 
Next to this luxurious home, on one side and with farm land on the other.
This is the inside:
View from the inside:
To the left is the house; on the right was a miniature barn and two cows. 
Looking in the other direction is real farm land.
On the way to the next stop, I found these:
The second bridge, located at Loy’s Station is a one-lane, twin span of multiple king post wood truss design. Tinky Winky is waving on the left: 
It crosses the Owens Creek on Old Frederick Road. 
Inside construction:
View in each direction:
It’s 90-foot length rests on two stone abulments and is covered with red beveled-German clapboarding.
The third bridge is on Ruddy Road just north of Thurmont.
It is the smallest covered bridge in Maryland. This one lane, 40-foot single span, rests on five steel stringers with two stone abutments rising on either bank of Owens Creek. Tinky Winky is waving on the right:
It’s design is single king post truss with wooden plank deck, tine-gabled roof and is covered with red-beveled German clapboarding.
View from inside:
Looking in the other direction:
The official Frederick County Parks and Recreation Division sign says, “An undocumented local source dates the bridge at least to 1856.” 
The town of Thurmont had some lovely old houses: