1605 Oak Hill Avenue
Early in 1865, the city purchased land for a new cemetery. Instead of a simple, open cemetery like Pioneer, Lawrence’s city commissioners wanted a rural cemetery, which was the popular trend in cemetery design at the time. Rural cemeteries were garden cemeteries landscaped to show human interpretations of nature as art. Graceful and plentiful trees were fundamental to rural cemetery design, as were large plots for the display of grand monuments. Oak Hill’s original entrance on the south had an elegant and decorative cast iron gate and fence, and parts of it remain in today’s entrance.
Oak Hill Cemetery became an important place for those who wished to commemorate that terrible day in August 1863. For many years, citizens sponsored elaborate Decoration Day observances at Oak Hill, and by 1895, a local committee had raised funds to erect the raid’s victims. The city continued to further improve the cemetery through the late 1890’s by bringing city water to the site, and building a sidewalk from the downtown area.
There are so many individuals buried in Oak Hill who were influential during territorial days and the state’s formation that William Allen White once call the cemetery, “The Kansas Arlington.”
BURIALS OF NOTE
John Speer (1817-1906)
Lucy Hobbs Taylor (1833-1910)
Charles (1817-1892) and Mary Langston (1836-1915)
John P. Usher (1816-1889)
Dr. Charles L. Robinson (1818-1894)
Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen (1885-1974)
Cemetery Rules/Regulations 26K pdf
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