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A walk through the Chesterfield Cemetery is a walk through Centreville's and Queen Anne's County history. Established in 1846, the Cemetery at that time became the official town burial ground. Prior to this, burials were either on estates, family burial plots, in church burial sites, or on grounds of the Alms House (the poor house). There was a separate burial site for the black community. Over the years, various additional areas were sold to the town for reduced prices in order to expand the size of the cemetery to what it is today. Throughout the years, many of the leaders of the Town, County, and even the Eastern Shore were laid to rest here in what has now become one of the most beautiful garden spots of Centreville. Today the cemetery is open to all people of the town, and even of the County.
The Cemetery Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee that advises the Town through the Town Manager and usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company, 212 Broadway.
Cemetery Advisory Committee (CAC)
- James Barton, III, Chair
- Joan Dawkins, Vice Chair
- Lynda Palmatary, Treasurer
- Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin
- Bill Sharp
- David Crossley, Ex-Officio
Time and Charges for Interment
A single space costs $700.00 and is purchased at the Centreville Town Hall, 101 Lawyers Row, 410-758-1180, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The cost for grave-opening is $700.00. Additional costs apply for grave-openings that occur on weekends and holidays. The town reserves the right to require at least 24 hours' notice prior to any interment. No interment is premitted unless the lot has been paid for.
In April 2012, the Centreville Town Council passed Resolution 04-2012 which establishes the fees associated with the Chesterfield Cemetery.
Ownership of Lot
No lot may be transferred to another owner without being recorded in the Cemetery records. A lot upon which a balance is due may not be transferred or assigned to anyone else.
Decorating of Lots
Fresh flowers placed on a grave or lot will be removed by the caretaker(s) on or about five days following the interment. Artificial flowers or plastic decorations may be placed on a lot at any time of the year. Planting of shrubs or flowers is permitted only on lots which have a family monument and permission is requested. Said flowers or shrubs shall be maintained by the lot owner. The placing of boxes, shells, toys, metal designs, ornaments, chairs, settees, vases, glass, wood or iron cases and similar articles upon lots are not permitted, and if placed, the Town reserves the right to remove. Planting trees is prohibited.
Repair, Restoration of Monuments
The Town requires notification of any repairs, restoration, or preservation to any monument, complete with proposed cleaning materials, including cleaning tools. At no time may bleach be used as a cleaning agent. Use of acids, sand blasting, or high pressure water treatments in cleaning any monument is forbidden. Resetting of stones or foundations requires the express permission of the Town.
- The Town reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone not a lot owner and to refuse the use of any of the Cemetery facilities if considered to be in the best interest of the Cemetery.
- All funerals, upon reaching the Cemetery, shall be under the charge of the Town Manager and/or his designated representative.
- Lot owners shall notifiy the Town of any change in their mailing address.
- Gratuities may not be accepted by employees.
- The Town disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage from causes beyond its reaonsable control and, especially, from damage caused by the elements, an act of God, vandals, etc.
- All grading, landscape work, and improvements of any kind and all care of lots shall be made only by the Town unless an exception is granted by the Town.
- Any repair, restoration, or preservation by any owner of any monument should follow the guidelines described above.
Conduct within the Cemetery
Please use the roads and walkways. The following conduct is prohibited:
- Loud talking
- Throwing of rubbish
- Gathering flowers or breaking trees, shrubbery, or plants
- Feeding of or disturbing birds or other animal life
- Motorcycles, motorbikes, or go-carts
Cemetery records are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Town Hall. For information about the Chesterfield Cemetery, located on South Liberty Street, or to purchase a cemetery plot, please email us at TownHall@TownofCentreville.org or contact Town Hall at 410-758-1180.