Nestled in the heart of Towson’s business district, historic Prospect Hill Cemetery is the highest elevation and largest green space in the town’s central core. Within its green and peaceful six acres rest men and women whose lives shaped Baltimore County history for more than 250 years. Yet the property is also an active cemetery business that still has lots available to purchase for future generations.
Originally this land was part of the Hampton estate of Captain Charles Ridgely. Prospect Hill has been in continuous use as a cemetery since 1892. The community of Towson grew up around it. Among those buried here are two defenders of Baltimore in the War of 1812, veterans who served in every war from the American Revolution through the Invasion of Grenada, an infamous movie star, and founders of local businesses and leaders in Baltimore County government.
Like many other historic properties, Prospect Hill Cemetery has had its ups and downs. By the 1980s, it had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of succumbing to development. In 1984, a group of Towson families led by Dr. Robert Parker, James Campbell and Carroll Klingelhofer formed a non-profit corporation to purchase Prospect Hill, with the goal of restoring the beauty and dignity of this six-acre landmark and preserving it for future generations of Baltimore County families. Today, the cemetery is well maintained by its board and other volunteers. More history.