Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

Historic Office

History

In the 1830s and 1840s, Cincinnatians were saddened by the recurrence of the cholera epidemic. The crowded and sometimes unkempt appearance of many of the small church cemeteries in the basin area offered little comfort to bereaved families. Many of the leaders in the professional and industrial enterprises of the city expressed their concern over the lack of proper interment facilities.

Resulting from this concern, members of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society formed a cemetery association in 1844. They endeavored to find a location suitable for creating a picturesque park like institution, a rural cemetery, contiguous to the city yet remote enough not to be disturbed by expansion. They sought to acquire enough land to be used for funerary purposes into the indefinite future, which could be embellished with shrubbery, flowers, trees, walks, and rural ornaments. These men traveled throughout the United States and Europe visiting cemeteries of outstanding reputation and beauty as they planned a cemetery that would equal the famed beauty of Pere-Lachaise in Paris, and various outstanding cemeteries on the East Coast of the United States.

On December 1, 1844 Salmon Chase and others prepared the Articles of Incorporation. Chase lobbied with legislators, persuading them to grant a charter for a non-profit nondenominational corporation, which was granted by a special act on January 21, 1845. At the consecration ceremony the founders publicly proclaimed their hope that the natural setting would be a contemplative atmosphere conducive to consolation, commemoration, and education. The first interment was made September 1, 1845.

In 1987, Spring Grove officially changed its name to "Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum" to include the expansive collection of both native and exotic plant materials as well as its State and National Champion Trees and its Centenarian Collection. Today, Spring Grove encompasses 733 acres of which approximately 450 acres are beautifully landscaped and maintained. The remaining undeveloped acres ensure the permanence of the cemetery for hundreds of years.

Since its founding over 150 years ago, Spring Grove has remained a leader in cemetery design and management. The landscape "lawn plan" concept was created here. Although it was considered a radical concept of cemetery design at that time, it later became accepted almost universally as the model plan. Spring Grove remains a masterwork of the landscaping art, studied by horticulturists and admired by thousands of visitors. The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce lists it among the city's outstanding attractions proudly quoting the praise of an artist who once said, "Only a place with a heart and soul could make for its dead a more magnificent park than any which exists for the living."

Spring Grove continues to provide its services within the reach of persons of every income. Offering every type of burial option, several styles of memorialization, an operating crematory, and the new Spring Grove Funeral Homes, Spring Grove is proud to serve Cincinnati residents with care, consideration, and convenience.

Obituaries

Robert "Bob" C. Carr, 69
Born: Friday, July 23, 1948
Died: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Elizabeth Jewel Cunningham, 87
Born: Thursday, August 07, 1930
Died: Friday, October 13, 2017

Christopher John Wheat, 66
Born: Friday, December 22, 1950
Died: Friday, October 13, 2017

James T. Williams, 89
Born: Wednesday, December 07, 1927
Died: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dr. Edwin V. Buehler, 88
Born: Monday, September 23, 1929
Died: Sunday, October 08, 2017

Upcoming Events

Oct 24Grief to Peace / Tri County
Oct 29Public Tram Tour October
Oct 29Public Tram Tour Oct
Nov 05 - Nov 11Flags of Honor
Nov 09 - Nov 09Planting for Diversity
Nov 15 - Nov 18Holiday Wreath Project / Volunteer Event
Nov 21 - Dec 13Spring Grove's 3rd Annual Giving Tree
Nov 21Grief to Peace / Spring Grove
Nov 28Grief to Peace / Tri County
Dec 07 - Dec 07Holiday Remembrance Service / Spring Grove