Gatsby Fever: We've Got A Super-Cool (And Kinda Creepy) Factoid For Ya



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If you were online at all yesterday, you probably know that the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's remake of The Great Gatsby was released to major fanfare (just try watching it without getting goosebumps!).

Between the new film's buzz and the F. Scott-and-Zelda moment in Midnight in Paris, the literary duo have had quite a resurgence of late. So, you can imagine how over-the-top thrilled — and downright proud — we were to discover that the couple's final resting place is in our very own 'hood. That's right — the Gatsby author and his wife are buried together under a common headstone at a small church cemetery in Rockville. Not surprisingly, romantics and history fanatics alike are known to visit the spot and leave poems, gin bottles, and martini glasses behind.

We don't know about you, but we think it's pretty darn cool that one of the most celebrated literary figures of all time (and a current pop-culture hero) wanted to be laid to rest in the D.C. 'burbs. F. Scott once wrote, "I wouldn't mind a bit if in a few years Zelda and I could snuggle up together under a stone in some graveyard. That is really a happy thought, and not melancholy at all." We find it charming and absurdly romantic — particularly for a volatile pair like the two of them — that that's exactly what they did.

Where: St. Mary's Church and Cemetery, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville; 301-424-5550.


Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures