F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald are buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery located next to Old St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, Maryland only a few steps from the Rockville Metro Station. The entrance to the cemetery is through a metal gate located next to the front door of Old St. Mary’s Church.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He died on December 21, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born July 24, 1900 and died March 10, 1948.
Fitzgerald is the author of many stories published both in various magazines and in books as collections. In addition he is the author of the following novels:
- This Side of Paradise (1920)
- The Beautiful and Damned (1922)
- The Great Gatsby (1925)
- Tender Is the Night (1934)
- The Last Tycoon (1941)
The headstone reads:
Francis Scott Key
September 24, 1896
December 21, 1940
July 24, 1900
March 10, 1940
The flat grave marker reads:
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”–
–The Great Gatsby
People often leave various mementos at the grave. On the day these photographs were taken there were roses and a book on the flat grave marker. The group of six red roses were wilted and in the process of drying. The book, The Complete Poems of John Keats, suffered from exposure to the elements. Although previously wet, it was dry on this day.
On the ground just behind the headstone were additional mementos. On the left was a sliver colored religious pendant leaning against the stone. On the front of the pendant was an image of Jesus Christ on the cross and the word “Italy.” On the back were the words “ora pro nobis,” Latin for “pray for us.” Beside the pendant was a plastic piece, a carved figure with the appearance of a jovial, heavyset man with ample stomach exposed. The figure stood on a Sacagawea dollar. Next was an empty metal container from a used passion fruit candle with five Lincoln pennies on top. Last was a small blue and silver crucifix.
St. Mary’s Cemetery at the intersection of Viers Mill Road and Rockville Pike in Rockville, MD. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, MD. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave is located toward the middle of the cemetery, and the marker on the Google Map points to the exact location of the gravesite.
Closest Metro Station: Rockville on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to St. Mary’s Cemetery. The cemetery is within easy walking distance of the Rockville Metro Station.