Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens is located just six miles from our nation’s capitol, in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the wealthiest areas in the country. Parklawn’s entrance on Veirs Mill Road in Rockville follows a half-mile drive through Rock Creek Park, across quaint stone bridges. Rock Creek Park extends into Washington, DC and buffers Parklawn on three sides.
The original tract of land, the Wilkins Estate, consisted of 550 acres. Robert C. Wilkins, known for Wilkins Coffee, intended to build his summer home in 1916. The buildings and bridges are built of stone that was quarried from the property.
John Russell Pope, one of America’s premier architects, designed the mansion. It is an example of Classical Revival architecture and is listed as an historic site. Robert Wilkins conveyed the house to John F. Wilkins, former publisher of The Washington Post. In 1950 the property was sold to George Moss who established a cemetery in 1951. The Marlowe family acquired an interest in 1958 and full ownership in 1986. Stewart Enterprises acquired Parklawn in 1992.
The rustic beauty of the grounds has been maintained as per the original architectural plan of Carlisle Butler and it will forever retain the seclusion and restful peace for which it is known. Winding roads, bridges built of native white flint stone, rolling hills and valley all add characteristic quaint charm to Parklawn.
Groves of beautiful old oaks, maples, beech, walnut, cedar and other trees and flowering shrubs remain. Some of our magnificent old oaks pre-date George Washington. It is often an enjoyable surprise to visitors to find the may groves of trees and artistic and religious interests in the midst of the busy Rockville/Bethesda corridor. Parklawn is the “Best kept secret in Montgomery County.” It is an important part of this active community and a final resting place for its citizens.
Parklawn has been developed as a modern cemetery. In addition to a place of burial for residents, there are embellished works of art, features of various religious significance and tributes to our armed forces. Deer, fox and various birds indigenous to the area add to the park-like setting.
Three mausoleum buildings contain approximately 700 crypts with marble fronts imported from Italy and Portugal. The Heron Fountain is located in the courtyard between the buildings. Building B contains a non-denominational chapel for committal services. The Chapel, located on the lower floor, contains an art nouveau stained glass window (made in 1928) at the alter that was originally located in a French chateau.
An immense pair of praying hands – this magnificent sculpture is located on a rock promontory and is fabricated from a single block of cararra marble. It is a notable and well loved sculpture of Parklawn visitors.
Court of Honor – this is an area set aside for Veteran committal services and ceremonial flag-raising events.
Pet Cemetery - celebrates the lasting bond between people and their pets in this unique memorial area.
At Parklawn Memorial Park we have a diverse community. This is reflected in the many gardens we have created; the Garden of the Last Supper (Christian), the Menorah Garden(Jewish), the Buddhist Garden, the Islamic Garden, the Asian Garden, the
Vietnamese Garden, the Baha’i Garden, the Zoroastrian Garden, the Orthodox Garden, the Baby Garden, and the Pet Cemetery.
Parklawn counselors are knowledgeable in the traditions and religious burial customs reflected in our Specialty Gardens. We have worked with a number of Funeral homes to extend our knowledge of the traditions and customs to the funeral directors for these various religions.
Family Estates - Our exclusive family estates were created in various parts of the cemetery. Providing custom views and special areas, we have the Platinum Exclusive Estates, Gold Exclusive Estates, and Silver Exclusive Estates. Several others will be pointed out later on during the tour.
Private Estates - At Parklawn we created several sized lots for Private Estates. We offer different styles of monuments and granite cremation benches. These will accommodate a family’s needs now and into the future.
Custom Mausoleums are designed to families specifications and will accommodate from a single person to several generations. The Pool House will contain a prestigious, private mausoleum with exclusive access for the family with a furnished, interior visitation area, beautiful stained glass, heating, lighting, stone floor and fireplace.