History

The Aspin Hill Memorial Park was established in 1921, when the owners of a private dog kennel began interring their pets and those of the public on the western side of their 8-acre property, located at Georgia Avenue and Aspen Hill Road in Aspen Hill, Md.

AHMP is believed to be the second-oldest pet cemetery in the nation, and is the final resting place for various animal celebrities, including stars of movies and television, pets of a U.S. president and heroes of foreign wars, as well as more than 50,000 beloved pets of families in Montgomery County and beyond.

AHMP’s historic buildings include a large, Tudor-style house, which dates from the early 20th Century and was home to the family that founded the cemetery, and a kennel, which housed their prized dogs.  The entire property is listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties and is considered eligible for listingin the National Register of Historic Places.

The property, which has had several intervening owners including the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary, was transferred to the Montgomery County Humane Society in 2007.

Additional links:

Scroll to page 301 in this document about the historical significance Rock Creek to read about some of the famous pets who are buried at Aspin Hill.

Read this article in the Associated Press News Archives about how FBI agent J Edgar Hoover buried his pets at Aspin Hill.

This blog, The Family Plot, features Aspin Hill on Day 5 of their 30 Day Challenge to find 30 Funerals in 30 Days. See their photos, new and old, of the cemetery grounds.