About

Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens is located six miles from Washington, D.C., in Montgomery County, Maryland. Our cemetery entrance is on Veirs Mill Road in Rockville and follows a half-mile drive through Rock Creek Park across quaint stone bridges. Rock Creek Park extends into Washington, D.C., and buffers Parklawn on three sides.

Our beautiful cemetery property features old oaks, maples, beech, walnut, cedar and other trees and flowering shrubs. Some of our magnificent oak trees pre-date George Washington. It is often a surprise to visitors to find the many groves of trees, along with artistic and religious interests, in the midst of the busy Rockville/Bethesda corridor.

Modern, worldly accents

Estate area at Parklawn Memorial GardensOver the years, our property has developed as a modern cemetery. In addition to places of burial, 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. Our Heron Fountain is located in the courtyard between the buildings, providing a serene spot for personal reflection. In addition, we offer a non-denominational chapel for committal services. The chapel, located on the lower floor, contains a 1920s Art Nouveau stained-glass window at the altar that was originally located in a French chateau.

Diversity amongst the groves

At Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens, we pride ourselves on serving a diverse community. This is reflected in the many gardens throughout the property, including the Garden of the Last Supper, Menorah Garden, Buddhist Garden, Islamic Garden, Asian Garden, Vietnamese Garden, Baha'i Garden, Zoroastrian Garden, Orthodox Garden, Child Garden and Pet Cemetery. Our experienced team of counselors are knowledgeable and respectful of the traditions and religious burial customs reflected in our specialty gardens.

Custom cemetery options

Unique feature at Parklawn Memorial GardensWhether you prefer a traditional ground burial or entombment in inurnment in our community mausoleums, there are many burial choices available at Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens. For those who prefer something more exclusive, we also offer individual and family private estates of various sizes in several sections of the cemetery. Our private estates are designed to accommodate a family's needs both now and well into the future. Additionally, our private mausoleums are entirely customizable and can be designed to your specifications.

Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice and we offer many memorialization options for burial or inurment of cremated remains.

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We look forward to serving you in any way we can. Please contact us to learn more about the variety of burial options we offer at Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens.

History

Cemetery grounds at Parklawn Memorial GardensThe original tract of land that is now Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens was the Wilkins Estate, which consisted of 550 acres. Robert C. Wilkins—known for Wilkins Coffee—built his summer home on the property in 1916. The buildings and bridges are built of stone that was quarried from the property.

Historic charm

One of America's premier architects, John Russell Pope, designed the mansion. It is an example of classical revival architecture and is listed as a historic site. Robert Wilkins conveyed the house to John F. Wilkins, former publisher of The Washington Post.

Ownership over the years

In 1950, the property was sold to George Moss who established the cemetery in 1951. The Marlowe family acquired an interest in 1958 and full ownership by 1986. Several years later in 1992, Stewart Enterprises acquired Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens. Today, we are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.

Always a place of restful and rustic beauty

The rustic beauty of the grounds has been maintained as per the original architectural plan of Carlisle Butler and 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 valleys all add characteristic quaint charm to our cemetery property.

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Ratings & Reviews

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Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Parklawn exceeded my expectations because of Paris - she was very friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable and put me to ease as she helped me find and obtain the arrangements for my Beloved Husband and for my Beloved Mother's final resting places) I also purchased one for myself and my Brother for the future."

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October 2021

"Our counselor, Bonnie Guisti was on top of everything and coordinated the entire event flawlessly in spite of temperatures in the nineties and several burials taking place at the same time. She never lost her cool. All the staff, from receptionist to gravediggers cooperated with her to make our dual inurnment go well."

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August 2021

"This is a top-notch organization. The attention to detail, coordination w/the funeral home and communication w/the family was superb. Staff is knowledgeable and professional. The grounds are well- kept and the overall park is lovely."

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August 2021

"Paris Dombrowski is an angel she is very professional and caring thru the whole process. We loved her!"

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July 2021

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