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Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville

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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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  • This is hollowed ground and the cemetery staff does an excellent job keeping it maintained, beauty and peacefulness.  more »
  • There are several entrances into this cemetery. I thought this was just a confederate cemetery, but it was a mix of both. It was nice and maintained. There was some labeling ( for example block 1,2,3 ...  more »
  • We started off at the Dead Children's Playground. I got the story, but didn't think much of it . . . until later. We meandered around the newer section and admired many of the stories told by the tomb...  more »
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  • My husband and I finally had the opportunity to visit Maple Hill. My father's family is buried there. We were able to find the plot. My grandparents and great grand parents along with great uncles and their families. I will forever cherish my visit to your beautiful cemetery. My family name is Hummel.
  • A great place for walking and exploring. I walk my dogs just outside the fence -- dogs not allowed inside -- and we always enjoy it.
  • So much history here. Several important people of Alabama buried here, including several past governors.
  • my grandma and grandpa is buried here
  • Perfect location in Huntsville.
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