I hadn’t stopped by the Patterson Family Graveyard in a while so on a recent stamp purchasing trek to the Waverly Post Office, I ambled over. You may recall some blogs I posted last year, after I stumbled upon the Patterson family’s hidden-in-plain-view cemetery. Those posts were all about finding out if it actually was a graveyard, whose was it and why did it seem so unloved, particularly after I learned that it was indeed the plot of one Baltimore’s most powerful families.
I do stop by on occasion to clean up around it, but of course, I still haven’t been able to gain access to it. My contacting of different departments in Baltimore City Government has resulted in some nice emails from the assistants of officials but I don’t actually know which department has the key to the big steel door. In due time, I guess.
So, like I said, I ambled over and noted that the area around the graveyard was cleaner than it normally is, which made me glad. I then walked to the front and saw that someone had tagged it. This bummed me out a bit. I actually like graffiti in some situations, but it does have it’s place, I guess. It’s kind of like John Waters notion of “good, bad taste”. And I’m not sure if that truly applies here. But in my mind, Graves are off limits to graffiti. I took a couple of pics and I noted that it looks like it’s been tagged before and covered up. Proof that Baltimore City does try to look after it to some extent.
I know that you know that I will continue to inquire as to the upkeep of this historical site and that I will keep you posted as to any developments. I mean, the Pattersons are an iconic Baltimore family. Go check out the current exhibit about Betsy Patterson at the MD Historical Society, if you need convincing.