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Rockville, Maryland

F. Scott Fitzgerald Flashlight Memorial

Join us in celebrating author F. Scott Fitzgerald by visiting his former final resting place and his current one.

On December 21st, 1940, the 44-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald died tragically and was buried in Maryland's Rockville Cemetery. However, that's not where he remained.

Join the Atlas Obscura Society D.C. as we celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald on the 77th anniversary of his death with a visit to his past and present gravesites at Rockville Cemetery and St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery. 

We will begin at Rockville Cemetery as historian Eileen McGuckian tells us the story of why the famed author and his equally well-known wife Zelda are buried here in suburban Maryland. We will then take a brisk walk to St. Mary's Cemetery where, on the way, we'll point out a few stories from 300 years of Rockville history. Upon arriving at St. Mary's, we will commence a short graveside vigil in remembrance of the writer that will include music, readings, and hot beverages. 

Additional Details 

  • We encourage everyone to bring a flashlight! Sunset is at 4:47 PM that day.
  • The walk between Rockville Cemetery and St. Mary's Cemetery is about 1.5 miles. Please be prepared for this and wear proper walking shoes.
  • It could be cold, so please layer up! 
  • There's parking at Rockville Cemetery, however, our event will end at St. Mary's. Because it will be dark and the distance between the two, we encourage people to take public transportation (the Metro station is only a five-minute walk from St. Mary's) and/or Lyft. 
  • While in the cemeteries, we ask everyone to walk carefully and considerately. 
  • We will provide hot beverages prior to our vigil at St. Mary's. 
  • Part of the proceeds will be donated to both Rockville Cemetery and St. Mary's Cemetery.


Contact Matt at matt@atlasobscura.com.

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