Talbot County, steeped in a rich history dating back to the early 1600s, is a treasure trove of stories and memories, many of which can be traced to the resting place of numerous notable Marylanders and distinguished Eastonians – the Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton.
As one strolls through the tranquil and picturesque cemetery, they can find gravesites of prominent families such as the Hamiltons, Shannahans, Wrightsons, Hughletts, Goldsboroughs, Adkins, Bartletts, and Tilghmans, among others, some of whom still reside in Talbot County today.
The cemetery, a final resting place for three former Maryland governors, Maryland State Delegates, US Supreme Court Justices, Maryland State Senators, and a Maryland Secretary of State, is a testament to the political legacy of Talbot County. Easton’s colonial title as the “Capital of the Eastern Shore” likely attracted these figures to choose this serene location as their eternal home.
Among the notable burials, one can find the grave of Samuel Barrott (1761-1851), “The Little Drummer Boy,” one of the youngest soldiers in the American Revolution and the last surviving member of the Maryland Line. Baseball Hall-of-Famer John Franklin “Homerun” Baker also rests in the cemetery, with a memorial featuring an engraved baseball bat and glove.
The 20-acre cemetery, with 12,000 gravesites, honors veterans from every major war in American history, beginning with the Revolution. An old cannon, pointed towards a row of veterans’ tombstones, solemnly pays tribute to those who fought for our freedom. Recently, the American Legion Post 70 prepared a reference book listing the veterans buried in the cemetery, aiding families in locating their loved ones.
The touching inscriptions on the tombstones evoke a sense of connection with the past, as visitors immerse themselves in the tranquility of the surroundings, often accompanied by rabbits and brown squirrels. Family members have installed garden benches, providing a space for quiet contemplation. A map and index of burials are available in the Maryland Room at the Talbot County Free Library.
As residents of Talbot County, it is our responsibility to preserve these beautiful memorials that honor individuals and pay tribute to worthy lives. Future generations deserve the opportunity to appreciate the rich history that lies within Spring Hill Cemetery. We encourage you to consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help meet the expenses associated with the care of the cemetery. Donations can be made payable to: Spring Hill Cemetery Fund, A Fund of Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Inc., 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601.
By Frances Haley Duncan, a Spring Hill Cemetery board member and resident of Easton.