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Washington County, established 1776, county seat Hagerstown.

News from the County:

Beard/Bachtell cemetery cleanup

On November 13, 2021 several members of the Coalition (Eileen McGuckian, Tina Simmons, and Dennis Green) met with Christina Bloom to help clean up the Beard-Bachtell cemetery located in Smithburg, Washington County. A dumpster was provided which was filled to the brim with saplings from inside the cemetery. The weather provided as much of a challenge as the cemetery, giving us samples of cold, rain, high winds, and, eventually sun. We were joined in our work by Christina’s brother, Landon Grove and a couple other relatives. Christina’s great-grandfather is buried there and they worked to try to right his headstone while we were there. Although we were able to make great headway in removing small trees and uncovering many of the 40+ headstones, there is still more work to be done. There is still a lot of ground cover, animal burrows to fill in, stones to be re-set, and capstones secured at the top of the stone wall. We look forward to continuing to offer recommendations to the local community in their efforts to care for this cemetery.


Riverview Cemetery — Williamport Area HistORical Association [PDF]

DPSCS Riverview Cemetery Project – September 8, 2021

Halfway’s Lost African-American Cemetery: The Story Unfolded

Washington County Cemeteries

Relocation for dead

The Daily Record, Maryland’s business and legal newspaper.
Volume: 4  Number: 36 – Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Washington County has launched archaeological and historical investigations in preparation for the removal and reinternment of individuals buried within the Wachtel/Stine Family Cemetery, located at the Forty-West Landfill near Huyett’s Crossroads. R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates Inc., of Frederick, has been retained to direct relocation of individuals from this historic cemetery. Interested persons or relatives may contact the firm at 301-694-0428, send faxes to 301-695-5237 or e-mail William Lowthert, project manager at

Helpful County Resources:

Washington County – Sailor, Maryland’s Public Information Network


Washington County Website


Washington County Free Library                             

100 South Potomac Street (3rd Floor)
Hagerstown MD 21740
301-739-3250 x350 (Cemetery and Death Records)


Washington County Circuit Court                             

24 Summit Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Washington County Historical Society

135 West Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740


Washington County – MD Tombstone Transcription Project


Western Maryland’s Historical Library (Washington County Maps)


Cemeteries in Washington County


Check the Cemetery Inscription books at the Washington Co. Free Library

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