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St. Paul's Druid Hill

  Very few know of this very obscure cemetery nestled deep in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore City.  Even those that have visited 'Safety City' with their children often don't realize there is a cemetery immediately behind it.  If driving through the park, turn on Shop Rd.  The cemetery lies between safety city and a Baltimore City Garage.  It was in very bad shape when we found it the first time, but low and behold some good souls are taking it upon themselves to keep it mowed and making efforts to restore the many stones that have been vandalized.  That is a huge undertaking considering where the cemetery lies.  It is a shame, but in today's society, if there isn't respect for the living, there certainly isn't respect for the deceased. 
 
Just about the entire cemetery is German.  It is my understanding that the cemetery was originally the cemetery for three Lutheran Churches in Baltimore (Immanual, Martini and Second Lutheran), but is now the sole responsibility of Martini Lutheran ChurchThe site at Druid Hill Park was the second site for a cemetery for Second Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saratoga and Holliday Streets, the first being on Madison Avenue, just outside of Druid Hill Park. Four and a half acres were bought from Francis L. Hilberg and his wife.  In 1854-1855 the bodies of the departed from the first cemetery were moved to Druid Hill Park.  It is my understanding that the cemetery is older than the park and that when the park was sold to the city from Lloyd Nicholas Rogers in 1860, the cemetery was excluded from the sale.   
 

Druid Hill Park-

There are two burial grounds in the park; the larger of these containing two and one-quarter acres, belongs to the German Lutheran Church, and is situated near the centre of the park.  It is owned by three congregations, and is still used for the purpose of interment.  It originally contained four and a half acres, but two and on quarter acres in which there were no graves were condemned by the park commissioners.  The other graveyard containing only half an acre, and situated some distance in the rear of the Mansion House, was reserved by Mr. Rogers in selling the park, the burials in it being restricted to the present generation.

Source:  History of Baltimore City and County, Scharf, 1881
 
Special Opportunity to Learn More Martini Lutheran Church in Baltimore is printing and publishing a booklet, "St. Paul's Cemetery in Druid Hill Park".  The 24 page booklet is being offered as a fund raiser with all proceeds being used to restore and repair many of the badly damaged stones in the cemetery.  The booklet is the complete history of the cemetery using original source material found in the Martini files.  It includes a detailed account of the cemetery's deed, the dedication ceremony of the cemetery by the Second German Evangelical Lutheran Church, a brief history of the church and her three daughter churches, the rules of the cemetery which are written in German, an account of the restoring of the graveyard in the last few years by Martini and several photographs.  The booklet is available for a donation and a $5 handling fee.  The donation is tax deductible.
 
If you are interested in the booklet and helping to restore St. Paul’s Cemetery email Sandy Harper, at  SandyClarkeh@aol.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send your contribution to Martini Lutheran Church, 100 W. Henrietta Street, Baltimore, MD. 21230. Please make your check payable to Martini Lutheran Church and mark it “Cemetery Restoration Fund.”
 
More information on the site may be found at http://www.carolshouse.com/cemeteryrecords/stpaul/
 
 
Headstones on the photographs:
Briel, Johann 2-22-1822 to 3-17-1893 Quental, August 1808-1926
Bruggeman
Reinhardt, Conrad 1852-1910
  Reisinger,  A.
7-26-1802 to 3-17-1868
Dederer, Christ. F. 12-4-1844 to 11-24-1929 Reitzel Family
Dietrich, John G. 1833-1921 Reitzel, Friederike 7-10-1827 to 6-17-1915
Dietz
Reitzel, Maria 1858-1870
Dorn
Rudolph, Ernst  9-26-1860 to 11-28-1905
Eckhardt John 2-12-1821 to 7-1895 Rudolph, Ernst B. 6-25-1828 to 1897
  Ruppel, Anna
4-2-1815 to 8-29-1887
Eckstorm, Johann Heinrich 6-4-1826 to 12-21-1901 Schaefer, C.H. Friedrich 2-27-1861 to 12-1-1881
Engelhaupt
Schaefer, Katharine 3-27-1834 to 7-28-1914
Fadum, Ernest W. 1862-1905 Schaefer Family
Fadum, Ernest F. 1-4-1889 to 11-10-1961 Schelis?, A. Christopher 2-12-1827 to 5-20-1889
Fadum, Welka B. 7-31-1874 to 2-18-1974 Schneider, J. Albert 11-29-1889 to 6-1-1964
Fadum, Gustav Adolph 9-9-1886 to 12-3-1949 Schulz, August 3-29-1837 to 7-14-1921
Fadum, Julius 1828-1901 Schwarz, Heinrich
Feiertag, Benjamin 9-23-1833 to 10-10-1915 Schwarz D Family
Frincke, Carl (Pastor) 7-13-1824 to 6-5-1905 Seim, John 11-10-1818 to 2-17-1880
Hahn, Theodore (Pastor) 1870-1927 Seim J.G. Family
Hoffman, Valentine 5-30-1822 to 12-5-1893 Sieck, Adolph 9-26-1823 to 1-29-1905
Hormer, Thomas
Sieck, William  1863-1904
Hundermark, August A. 1867-1896 Spangenberger, George 1830-1894
Hundermark, Julia  1844-1926 Spilman Children:
Hundermark, William  1839-1890      C. Heinrich 11-21-1856 to 12-9-1876
Kasten, Carl Andrew Died 2-24-1876 (65)      M. Virginie 8-6-1855 to 3-12-1858
Kasten, Henry 9-6-1903 to 10-25-1905 Spilman ? 4-21-1828 to 1881
Klingmeyer
Steffens, Dietrich (Pastor) 8-12-1866 to 7-8-1944
Kunker, John H., Jr. 1852-1901 Thiemeyer, H.F.
Lang, J.W.  6-4-1860 to 12-29-1941 Vogelman, Ludwig J. 23-25-1790 to 12-22-1870
Lapp, J. Jacob 7-5-1810 to 3-10-1861 Wiedemann, Gottfried 7-29-1813 to 7-1-1898
    Winter, Wilhelmina 3-31-1830 to 2-8-1889
Louis, C. Herman 1845-1917 Zink, Ph. FR.
Louis-Leutner Family


Merkel, Christoph (Pastor) 1861-1936

Meyer, A.M. 11-26-1806 to 9-4-1870

Muhly, Eberhard 6-8-1804 to 8-22-1885

Nitzel


Nobbe, C. Liesette 3-30-1840 to 4-13-1927


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