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2021 Events

Summer Gate Hours Begin 2021

Summer Gate Hours Begin 2021 (May, June, July, August)

Spring Grove's extended summer hours begin on May 3 and end on August 30. The front gates will be open until 8:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays in June, July, and August, the cemetery gates will be open 6:00-8:00PM to foot traffic only. Motorized vehicles will not be permitted beyond the railroad arch. In previous years, the public has been able to rent segways from The Garage OTR and ride them throughout the grounds during these extended Tuesday hours. Unfortunately, The Garage OTR is not recovered from the pandemic year and is not able to provide segways this year. We hope segways will be back at Spring Grove next summer.

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FULL - Twilight Tour July 2021

FULL - Twilight Tour July 2021 (7/15/21)

Topic: Beer Barons - "Roll out the barrel” on this walking tour of Spring Grove’s most notable beer barons. Cincinnati was a leader in the brewing industry for many years and many of the brew masters are buried in Spring Grove with beautiful monuments and mausoleums. An evening view of these magnificent tributes to German brewers is in store!

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Grief to Peace July 2021

Grief to Peace July 2021 (7/20/21)

Navigating the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming. It is a journey that holds many twists and turns, highs and lows. We do not want you to face this road alone! For this reason, Spring Grove has developed a partnership with Companions on a Journey (COJ), a local grief support center. We provide, sponsor and virtually host monthly gatherings called “Grief to Peace.” This group is led by a COJ Bereavement Specialist, who will guide you in this journey and is attended by individuals who have lost someone in their life as well. We hope that you will join us and discover hope, strength, and healing along the way.

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FULL - Champion Tree Tram Tour

FULL - Champion Tree Tram Tour (7/22/21)

Spring Grove is home to nearly 30 Ohio Champion Trees, more than any other one location in the state! Enjoy this summer evening by riding on our open air tram listening to our expert horticulture staff talk about some of the largest trees in the state.

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FULL - Weekend Walkabout August 2021

FULL - Weekend Walkabout August 2021 (8/1/21)

Topic: Civil War History / The Civil War took place from April 15, 1861 to August 20, 1866. Keep in mind that Spring Grove was founded almost 20 years BEFORE the Civil War started. The reason that there are so many soldiers buried in SG is because of the many Civil War hospitals in this area. Most soldiers died from wounds or disease and were eventually buried here. A lot of the bodies were buried at Camp Dennison, on the east side of town. About 40 bodies were reinterred outside of SG. There are 40 Union Civil War generals and 1 Confederate General buried in SG.

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Grief to Peace August 2021

Grief to Peace August 2021 (8/17/21)

Navigating the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming. It is a journey that holds many twists and turns, highs and lows. We do not want you to face this road alone! For this reason, Spring Grove has developed a partnership with Companions on a Journey (COJ), a local grief support center. We provide, sponsor and virtually host monthly gatherings called “Grief to Peace.” This group is led by a COJ Bereavement Specialist, who will guide you in this journey and is attended by individuals who have lost someone in their life as well. We hope that you will join us and discover hope, strength, and healing along the way.

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Twilight Tour August 2021

Twilight Tour August 2021 (8/19/21)

Topic: Stately Trees / Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum is nationally known for its beautiful collection of trees. Among them are twenty-six Ohio State Champion Trees as well as an extensive collection of centenarian trees (over 100 years old). You will be guided on this tour by a Spring Grove Docent to encounter several of these stately trees. You will hear an explanation of the characteristics of each.

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Ten Unique Plants for Your Garden 2021

Ten Unique Plants for Your Garden 2021 (8/26/21)

Spring Grove will share its top 10 plants that every homeowner needs in their landscape. Spring Grove’s horticulture staff will lead you through the historic grounds and show you first hand examples of these fantastic plants. This event will originate from the Historic Office, located just inside the main gates off of Spring Grove Avenue. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes Reservations are required. Registration will open July 28, 2021.

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Lantern Lighting Ceremony 2021

Lantern Lighting Ceremony 2021 (9/11/21)

This is a FAMILY event. Bring a picnic, blanket, lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the magnificent grounds of Historic Spring Grove as you are entertained by the PETE WAGNER ORCHESTRA. (Please note the cemetery does not provide seating). Prepare your personalized lantern by inscribing your own words of remembrance and hope on our specially designed lanterns. Through them you send your unique message of love, peace and hope into the world and to those you love and have lost. The lanterns are then assembled with a candle and prepared for a launch onto Willow Water Lake. Please stop by our Information Tent to share the name(s) of your loved one(s) with us. All of the names of those we are remembering will be read aloud before the launch of the lanterns. At dusk we will gather at the shoreline to share a simple but beautiful ceremony. The candles are lit and the lanterns are set upon the water to carry their messages. As the lake is slowly illuminated with glimmering candlelight, the individual candles join together to transform the darkness of the setting sun. A $5.00 tax-deductible donation to the Spring Grove Heritage Foundation is requested for the use of each lantern. Entertainment and parking are free. Food will be available at a nominal charge. For the safety and security of all of our visitors, please leave your pets at home. Complimentary parking shuttle available throughout the event.

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'Cruise In' Car Show 2021

'Cruise In' Car Show 2021 (10/10/21)

Spring Grove hosts one of the largest Car Shows in the area each October. Vehicles can be registered online beginning 30 days before the event. Models 1995 and older are welcome. There is no entry fee but we ask that participants bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the FreeStore Food Bank. Concessions will be available to purchase. Mini tram tours will be available throughout the event.

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Flags of Honor 2021

Flags of Honor 2021 (11/7/21 - 11/13/21)

Historic Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum invites you to participate in our Tribute to our Veterans and Heroes of Public Service. We proudly welcome back our Flags of Honor Display. This tribute will honor ALL VETERANS, MILITARY PERSONNEL and HEROES OF PUBLIC SERVICE, those who serve to protect our communities every day. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States realizes that duties performed in the fields of law enforcement and emergency services, whether carried out in public view with the ensuing public acclaim, or performed in ways which gain little public recognition, are both exemplary and of great value to the nation. 100 3’ x 5’ sponsored US flags will be placed along the roadways within the cemetery. You and your family have the opportunity to honor those who are close to your heart by sponsoring one or more of these flags for $25 each. All veterans and service personnel are eligible, whether living or deceased. There are also no restrictions as to where a deceased honoree is buried. Each sponsored flag will be identified by an acrylic plaque at the base of the flagpole. The plaque will contain the name of the honoree, any pertinent information about the honoree shared by the sponsor, and a photo of the honoree (if provided). After the flags are removed for storage, the laminated card will be available for sponsoring families to retrieve in the Customer Service Center of the cemetery the following week. A map depicting the location of each flag will be available in the Customer Service Center.

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