Tombstone Tuesday: Hole-in-the-Wall Cemetery

On the way to southern points on the Eastern Shore, I always pass this tumbling-down church and graveyard on Route 50 near Trappe, Md. I finally pulled off the road to explore it this past Saturday. The sign on the corner reads “White Marsh Cemetery,” but Google Maps has it listed as “Hole-in-the-Wall Cemetery.” Funnily enough, the name does not come from the appearance of the existing building.

The building is the remains of a church dating back to the 1600s. Interesting stories about the church can be found on the Haunted Eastern Shore Facebook page. Many of the graves have stones with dates in the 1700s including a vault in the floor of the church holding the remains of a parish rector and his wife.

The cemetery is still in use by another church and there are many recent graves there. Below are photos of some of the older graves, many of which are succumbing to nature in varying degrees:


5 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday: Hole-in-the-Wall Cemetery

  1. Bill Smith says:

    Neat! Thanks for sharing. It is so important, from time to time, to pull of that road, and do some exploring. Thanks again, for doing it, and sharing so nicely!!

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Bill đŸ˜‰
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”

  2. Joan says:

    I love those side trips in life. Thanks for sharing this one of yours.

  3. Ooh. I love this; especially since most of my ancestors came to Ohio by way of Maryland. This looks like a wonderful spot to explore. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Debbie Skipper says:

    Hole in the Wall…refers to a Tavern that was back in the woods on that road..during prohibition they would pass the liqour through a hole in the wall…that way neither could identily either if caught

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