Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
4521 Spring Grove Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45232
Established as a non-profit cemetery in 1845, Spring Grove has served the community with dignity and respect for over seven generations and is a trusted part of Cincinnati’s history. Our city’s rich tradition and history are beautifully preserved among acres of towering trees, soothing lakes, and winding roadways. Cincinnati families from all walks of life including such notables as Taft, Kroger, and Procter have entrusted Spring Grove to preserve their unique family history.
Spring Grove serves families representing all religions, cultures, and walks of life in a tradition of compassion, integrity, and excellence. With hundreds of undeveloped acres, Spring Grove will continue to provide future generations a place of beauty and respect to treasure the memories of those who have gone before.
Along with the renowned distinction of being the second-largest cemetery in the United States, Spring Grove Cemetery is also proud of its designation as a National Historic Landmark. Spring Grove is one of only seven cemeteries to hold this national honor.
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 internment 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 on 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 it's 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, and operating crematory, and the new Spring Grove Funeral Homes, Spring Grove is proud to serve Cincinnati residents with care, consideration, and convenience.
Address & Hours
Normal Gate Hours:
Monday through Sunday
8 AM - 6 PM
Summer Gate Hours (May 1 - August 31):
Monday and Thursday
8 AM - 8 PM
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun
8 AM - 6 PM
Monday through Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
8 AM - 4 PM
Holiday Office Hours:
New Year's Day
Open 8 AM - 2 PM
Open 8 AM - 2 PM