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Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, Cincinnati

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Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is a nonprofit garden cemetery and arboretum located at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the second largest cemetery in the United States and is recognized as a US National Historic Landmark.HistoryThe cemetery dates from 1844, when members of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society formed a cemetery association. They took their inspiration from contemporary rural cemeteries such as Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, and Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The numerous springs and groves suggested the name "Spring Grove". On December 1, 1844 Salmon P. Chase and others prepared the Articles of Incorporation. The cemetery was designed by Howard Daniels and formally chartered on January 21, 1845. The first burial took place on September 1, 1845.In 1855, Adolph Strauch, a renowned landscape architect, was hired to beautify the grounds. His sense and layout of the "garden cemetery", made of lakes, trees and shrubs, is what visitors today still see. On March 29, 2007, the cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark. The Spring Grove Cemetery Chapel is listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • You can't possibly see everything in one trip but we tried. Some of the monuments and mausoleums were so ornate and so interesting. Beautifully kept place and so peaceful.  more »
  • Love seeing the changing fauna throughout the seasons! Wonderful place to explore and take pictures. History galore!  more »
  • A great way to tour this fabulous cemetery is on a bicycle. We either ride to the historic cemetery or park at the main entrance and love the gentle rolling hills, beautiful trees and monuments. A pea...  more »

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