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Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville

Categories: Cemeteries, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 55 reviews on the web
Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest and largest cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama. Founded on two acres (8,000 m²) in about the year 1822, it now encompasses nearly 100 acres (400,000 m²) and contains over 80,000 burials. It was added to the Alabama Historical Commission's Historic Cemetery Register in 2008, and to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Its occupants include five governors of Alabama, five United States senators, and numerous other figures of local, state, and national note. It is located east of the Twickenham Historic District.HistoryThe original two acres of the cemetery were sold to the city of Huntsville on September 14, 1822 by planter LeRoy Pope. Though early burials are difficult to document, there is substantial evidence that the land had been in use as a cemetery for some time prior to its official establishment. The oldest grave with marker intact is that of Mary Frances Atwood, infant daughter of William and Martha Caroline Atwood, who died September 17, 1820. Headstones are sparse in the oldest section, many having decayed over time and been discarded, and it is likely that many unmarked graves share a similarly early date.The cemetery was expanded at some point after 1849 to include the two acres on which LeRoy Pope and his family were buried. There are some indications that this land, which had until then remained a part of the Pope estate, may already have been in use as a burial ground. Pope's son-in-law John Williams Walker had died in 1823, Pope's wife Judith in 1827, and Pope himself in 1844. It is known that the Popes maintained a private cemetery on their plantation, but it is unclear whether the Pope graves were moved to their present location following the sale of the Pope estate in 1849, or whether this property in fact contained the existing Pope cemetery. Several other monuments in this section suggest its use at least as early as 1844.
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  • Interesting place but was fascinated by the Dead Childrens Playground adjacent to the Cemetary and one of the most bizarre and weird locations for a playground. Lots of paranormal activity apparently ...  read more »
  • I was able to find the cemetery location, however, there was no one around nor any markers to tell you where anyone famous or even the cemetery layout was to be found. It was pretty, with lots of tree...  read more »
  • A beautiful cemetery with LOADS of history dating back over 200 years. If you an go to a Cemetery Stroll in the fall, it is worth attending. Local actors are dressed in period costumes to depict some ...  read more »
  • Nice place to go for a stroll. It's quiet and serene. Can't beat free admission.
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  • I've experienced annual field trips to this Cemetery for the past 4 years. This is one of my favorites.
  • This place is a really good way.
  • Peaceful
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