Parsons Cemetery, located in Salisbury, is today both operational and historic. According to their website, it is an urban green space, an outdoor museum, and in the words of architectural historian, Keith Eggener, urban cemeteries "are where life meets death, nature meets city, and present meets past."
Preservation Maryland recently bestowed Parsons Cemetery with the 2020
Best of Maryland Community Choice Award. Over the past several years, the Parsons Cemetery Advisory Board has worked hard to develop walking tours in Parsons Cemetery. Seven tours have been developed and more are being planned for future release. In addition to the tours, Parsons Cemetery is an active participant in
the Wreaths Across America program which honors veterans at Christmas time.
Over the past year, a comprehensive database was created to identify all the veterans who are
interred in Parsons Cemetery so they can be recognized, even those who have no markers.
Work is now underway to create a comprehensive database of all first responders interred in
the cemetery. Ultimately, the Board’s goal is to make the information in the Cemetery
Information Management System (CIMS) available to the public, so they can search for and
locate any person interred in Parsons Cemetery. However, this information is not very useful if people are not easily able to locate graves. Thus, the Board believes the installation of signage is a critical next step in the continued development of self-guided tours and other activities like Wreaths Across America.
Currently, there are no signs which delineate the layout of the cemetery. Parson’s Cemetery is
broken into 9 sections with 40 rows of plots. Through the strategic placement of 19 signs at
various points in the cemetery, the signs will make it easier for people to complete the self-
guided tours in a timely manner. The signs will also make it easier for visitors to locate a specific
person interred in Parsons. The impact of these signs will be immediate and long-lasting, as the
signs will be a permanent feature of the cemetery. Work is expected to be completed by June
You can visit their site, by clicking here.
Mac and Tuck Seem to Crave Visitors
The pandemic has been hard on individuals, on small businesses, and on museums such as the Delmarva
Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City, Maryland. It has also been challenging for Mac and Tuck, the river
otters at the Delmarva Discovery Museum. It turns out they would prefer to have more visitors. In spite
of having lots of attention by trained staff who adore them, they miss hamming it up for visitors.
They follow their visitors as they move from the 6,000-gallon aquarium replicating the Pocomoke River
into the stream and land exhibit. They often show off by wrestling or press a curious nose to the glass
along with their wide webbed feet.
They seem as curious about human behavior as we are about otter behavior.
Schedule a Private Tour
The museum is now offering private guided or self-guided tours to increase social distancing.
Appointments are available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The otters are most
likely to be playful around 10 am, or at about 2 pm. Museum admission for a self-guided tour is $10 for
adults and $5 for children. Self-guided tour groups will be limited to no more than 10. Members may
enjoy unlimited visits, subject to schedule availability. Once you have finished your tour, enjoy a private
shopping experience in the museum's gift shop. Reservations are required and can be made online at
delmarvadiscoverycenter.org or by calling the museum at 410-957-9933.
"Otterly" Silly Saturdays Coming Back
The museum will again begin offering Otterly Silly Saturdays on February 6. This program gives a chance
for guests to watch the otters enjoy a special treat, such as live fish or a peanut butter filled toy, while
learning about this native animal. The fifteen-minute program begins at noon, and reservations are
required. Mac and Tuck would love to see you!