Prince George's County Planning Department

Cemetery Survey

Is there a historic cemetery located on your property? Do you know the location of an abandoned burial ground? Your help is requested in collecting information regarding the location and history of cemeteries in Prince George's County!Cemetery Survey Icon

Historic burial grounds and cemeteries are valuable elements of Prince George’s County's cultural heritage. Cemeteries provide biographical and genealogical information, display the folk art of tomb carving, and preserve natural features of the landscape. Cemeteries are protected by Maryland state law, but it is important to document the locations of historic cemeteries so that they may be preserved.

In the coming months, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will be conducting a survey of cemeteries in the county. The goal of the survey is to identify the locations of historic cemeteries and assess their current condition. Public cemeteries (e.g. veteran cemeteries and memorial parks) and private burial grounds (e.g. church graveyards and family burial plots) will be documented through the survey. Special attention will be paid to any hazards or conditions that might endanger the burial grounds. Ultimately, the findings of the survey will inform efforts to preserve and enhance historic cemeteries in Prince George's County.

There are approximately 225 known cemeteries in Prince George's County. Regrettably, our knowledge concerning the location and history of these cemeteries is incomplete. This is especially true for small cemeteries that were located on family farms and plantations. Furthermore, there are likely additional cemeteries that are not widely known. Therefore, your help in identifying unknown cemeteries is critical to the success of the survey!

If you have a burial ground on your property, or if you know the location of an abandoned cemetery, please complete the questionnaire. This information will assist the surveyors in locating the cemetery.

If you have any questions concerning the cemetery survey project, please contact Jennifer Stabler at 301-952-5595 or