5720 Arundel Avenue, Rockville, MD
to Higgins Cemetery Web
Revised December 21, 2012
Our Fall 2012 improvement added corner stones on the 1927 fence boundaries.
The burying ground known as Higgins Cemetery holds
at least 11 known graves of Higgins family members and probably several
of their slaves. James Higgins (1732-1816), a planter who served
in the Maryland militia during the Revolutionary War, and his wife
Luraner Becraft Higgins (1744-1819) were the first generation to be
buried on their farm. With their son James Becraft Higgins (1772-1848)
and his wife Mary Eleanor (1784-1845), they are memorialized by a red
sandstone monument that was placed in the center of the cemetery in
1866 by their descendants.
A grass roots community effort begun by concerned
citizens and Peerless Rockville ignited a series of actions that led to
long-term partnerships. These groups helped to incorporate
Higgins Cemetery Historic Preservation Association in 1999 and obtain designation on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation in 2010.
It was dedicated December 15, 2012 in a ceremony with Scouts, Chevy Chase DAR, and friends of Higgins Cemetery.
The ceremony included honoring all veterens, including
wreath-laying and recognition of participants in the stone project.
buglar opened and closed the ceremony.
The October 2012 Eagle Scout Project of Patrick Hall had participation of Troop 90 and the Higgins Board.
Red Seneca Sandstone was donated from the farm where the original 1866 marker stone was likely quarried.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mary Gott's grave marker returned June 2011~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mary Gott's marker was found beside this
home in Carroll County, MD It was carried back to the
cemetery and required four of us to move it.
On June 7, 2011 Mary Gott's marker was returned to the cemetery. It has
been missing since 1980 and was found in Carroll County, MD by the
realtor, who loacted us through the efforts of the Carroll Co.
Genealogical Society (http://www.carr.org/ccgs/) and the Montgomery Co.
Historical Society (http://www.montgomeryhistory.org/). The mystery of
the marker's whereabouts remains. We hope that other missing markers
will find their way back home!
and Luraner Higgins"
period costume to describe life in 1800 and to join in
our significant contributors.
Volunteers from several organizations helped clean up the
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welcome inquiries to Treasurer Knowles Little's email :
Tax-deductible donations for our on-going preservation effort are
Make checks payable to "Higgins Cemetery Preservation" and send to
Knowles G Little, Treasurer
9109 Scott Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
cemetery is located at
Cemetery Historic Preservation Association, Inc
meet 4 times a year to maintain and improve the cemetery.
encourage you to share any related information you may have.