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.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
- Large capacity chapel
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Veterans cemetery section
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Outdoor pavilion
- Waterside views
Family Estates are a distinguished tribute to a family legacy. They can be customized with stained glass, benches and landscaping
Grave markers that sit flush to the ground in the material of preference
- Upright headstones
Private or Community spaces for urns as well as caskets, that can be Indoor or outdoor
- Coffee lounge
- Onsite cemetery
Option for mail delivery of ashes
Sent through postal mail service, signature required.
- Cremation cemetery options
- Cremation niches
- Cremation gardens
Arrangements by phone or email
Complete funeral planning, including electronic signature, without needing a funeral home visit
- Catered events
- Large reception area
Services available to support planning events
Options to have your personalized celebrations on outdoors on our property
- Audio and video equipment
- Live music available
- Intimate reception area
Space available for corporate and organization meetings
Ceremony where the tombstone is placed at your loved one’s gravesite
Services available to coordinate visitation or viewing at a private residence
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Latin music selections
- Feng shui design
- Catholic cemetery section
- Muslim cemetery section
- Jewish cemetery section
- Kosher catering
Other Languages Spoken
Free Funeral Planning Resources
Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.
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Modern, worldly accents
Over 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
Whether 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.
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.
The 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.
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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