The movie release of the Great Gatsby has heaped fresh interest on the burial site of F Scott Fitzgerald, the book’s author. Along with the mound of old articles that’ve been written about his final resting place alongside wife Zelda Sayre, a pile of new ones have popped up. All of them point out the incongruity of the location. An early 20th century writer known for his penchant for alcohol and glamorous world capitals, interred in a suburban Rockville graveyard, surrounded by concrete buildings and situated right next to the intersection of busy highways? How absurdly mundane!
I won’t rehash all the details that other articles have covered, but here’s the super short version. Fitzgerald and his wife ended up in this quiet, easy-to-miss gravesite due to daughter Scottie’s efforts to return her parents remains to a Catholic affiliated church. Fitzgerald is a distant relative of Francis Scott Key (author of the Star Spangled Banner and has a bridge in D.C. named after him,) and also visited his father in Rockville often back in the day. All around him and Sayre, are over a dozen relatives. Scottie is buried at this site too, at the foot of her parents’ stone.
With this in mind, that Fitzgerald rests here, is not terribly surprising after all; in fact it might be a suitably peaceful place, considering his tumultuous life?
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
520 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20852