Historic Cemetery

Historic Cemetery (HM1OTS)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 28.7', W 77° 44.5'

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Although now part of the Mumma Farm, and known as Mumma Cemetery, this site was first established as a burial ground by the Orndorff family. Living on this farm at the time of his death, Major Christian Orndorff II was buried here in December 1797.

Orndorff came to the Sharpsburg area in 1762 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and settled on the banks of Antietam Creek where he established a milling operation. A known patriot, he became an active organizer and leader during the Revolutionary War. He was commissioned a major in the American Army in 1778. In September of 1871 at the request of General Washington, he returned home and operated his flour mill to furnish supplies for the Continental Army. Christian acquired large tracts of land and settled on this property after retiring from milling in 1790.

The Orndorff heirs sold this farm to the Mumma family in 1811. When Elizabeth Hoffman Orndorff, wife of Christian II died in 1829, it is believed that she was also buried here. The exact location of these early Orndorff graves has unfortunately been lost to time and the elements.

In 1873, the cemetery was enlarged. The stone wall was constructed and the Mumma family deeded to specific members of the Dunker Church the right to be buried here.
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Date Added Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264183 N 4373448
Decimal Degrees39.47833333, -77.74166667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.7', W 77° 44.5'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 42" N, 77° 44' 30" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5923 Mumma Ln, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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