Resthaven was established in 1961 as the first multi-faith, non-sectarian cemetery serving Frederick and surrounding counties. At that time, Resthaven encompassed a little more than 25 acres. The cemetery only had a gravel road with less than two dozen burials. In the 1970’s and 80’s we were exclusive in addressing the specific needs of local veterans, as well as families seeking cremation*. In 2006, Resthaven acquired 9 acres adjoining its northern border, the former site of a state rest area, including a gorgeous outlook and access to the Monocacy River, as well as introduced 5 new gardens on the west side of Route 15. Today Resthaven now has expanded to more then 90 acres, there are over 17,000 lot owners and more than 17 traditional burial and cremation gardens, several mausoleums and columbariums, two crematories, and a full-service funeral home.
Under Maryland law, Resthaven is considered a perpetual care cemetery. A specific percentage of the purchase price of each space is deposited in a perpetual care trust fund. The current trustee is the First United Bank of Maryland. This care fund is irrevocable. Only the interest may be used to maintain and improve the grounds, buildings and equipment, to ensure that Resthaven will always remain a place of beauty, dignity and respect. The principal may never be withdrawn.
Resthaven has been built through the foresight of advocating the concept of Pre-planning, saving property owners thousands of dollars while helping to ease the emotional strain that we all experience during a time of loss.
*We were the first cemetery in Frederick County to offer Cremation on site, as well as Cremation Niches, Scattering Gardens, and dedicated Veterans Gardens offering free spaces to Veterans.