Historic cemeteries are important for reasons you may not have considered. They are outdoor museums filled with amazing art and architecture. Cemeteries provide wildlife refuges and are often home to unique plants. And these sanctuaries nestled within urban environments are also places to research, contemplate, or remember the past. Historic cemeteries are often steeped in mystery and, thanks to popular culture, can be seen as frightening places but they are actually beautiful parks ideal for picnicking or strolling just as the original community would have done when the site was built. We encourage you to stop by a historic cemetery near you and spend some time taking in the beauty of these obscure oasis within your city.
Historic cemeteries are:
Historic cemeteries are irreplaceable landscapes. Many of the historic cemeteries in our state have been neglected for decades. For every known rural burial ground, there are at least five that have been forgotten from our collective consciousness. Threats to historic cemeteries include:
Historic cemetery preservation is important and at AHPP we are committed to educating our community about preservation needs and practices.
Cemeteries are not normally eligible for inclusion in the National
Register of Historic Places as they serve primarily as a means of an
recognition of family history and as expressions of
collective religious and/or ethnic identities. Because cemeteries may
embody values beyond
personal or family-specific emotions, the National Register
criteria allow for listing of cemeteries only under certain conditions.
Click here, to find out more detailed information about the National Register listing process.
The first step in determining if a cemetery is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places is completing our Determination of Eligibility Cemetery Form.
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