What would you guess the law is in Baltimore County Maryland wrt
to a colonial style one-room church and its graveyard that were
sold to a the Kiwanis Club, or something like that, 50 or 100
There are statutes about iirc "registered" or some such word
graveyards, and when they are sold, the families have a right to
exhume the bodies and bury theme somewhere else, but I doubt these
graveyards are still included, still registeed, because of the
Since then it's been sold again to a private business, and someone
on, wait for this, Nextdoor, claimed they were paving over graves,
and she's been to a bunch of county people, public and community
orgs to stop it for good.
This property came up on nextdoor a year ago and I went to see it.
Although nextdoor is a waste of time much of the time, the things
they discuss are close, unlike the NYTimes. So they make a good
It's a one room church that was subdivided into offices, with a
litte yard and 5-car parking lot in front, a little yard in back,
and next to it a little grave yard (80 feet by 15 feet) with 3
sections of 7 graves each, and trees that have grown up. It's not
maintaoned at all. Only one stone is knocked over, maybe
something keeps the trees away. Maybe the caskets still existed
when the trees started to grow? The stones are from about 1850
iirc. There's a bank parking lot on the other side of it.
This property came up in nextdoor again 6 months later when it was
alleged that it was being paved, but they said they managed to
stop them in the middle of it,. I was away for 4 months and went
to look when I got back. The graveyard and everythggn else was
the same as it had been! Except maybe part of the existing
driveway had been repaired, though much of that short driveway was
still dirt and grass. No new area was paved.
There is an old 1930?, black and white picture that shows two
stones, probably for the minister or an important elder, away from
thee others in the little yard behind the church. The stones are
gone now and there is grass, but there probably are still graves
If the business wanted to pave over those two graves for a parking
lot, do you think they can?
IMO the church that sold the property in the first place should
have divided it and given the grave areas to its mother or sister
church and since they didn't, the dead people there are up a creek
without a paddle. What is the current owner's responsibility for
things that happened 70 years before they bought the place?
This is not still pending -- the complainers have given up and I
am not an interested party -- so guesses are welcome.
It appears that micky <email@example.com> said:
What would you guess the law is in Baltimore County Maryland wrt to a >>colonial style one-room church and its graveyard that were sold to a the >>Kiwanis Club, or something like that, 50 or 100 years ago?
Looks to me like you need a court's permission to turn a graveyard
into something else:
What would you guess the law is in Baltimore County Maryland wrt to a >colonial style one-room church and its graveyard that were sold to a the >Kiwanis Club, or something like that, 50 or 100 years ago?
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