Oak Ridge Cemetery

Lashonda Fitch, Executive Director
A Department of the City of Springfield

 James O. Langfelder, Mayor

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About Oak Ridge Cemetery

Welcome to Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield Illinois

Oak Ridge is distinctly different from the other cemeteries in the area, state and country. With pride and care, we maintain our 365 acres of beautiful rolling land filled with over 10 variations of Oak trees.

 “On May 14, 1856, an ordinance was passed forbidding the further establishment of burying grounds within the city of Springfield. A tract of land containing twenty-eight and one half acres, lying two miles north of the Capitol, was purchased by the City, for the establishment of a Cemetery, adequate to the necessities of the growing city, and sufficiently remote from the business center and every - day life to render a fitting abode to the dead.” (Oak Ridge Cemetery Records)

Since 1865, the cemetery has grown to be the largest Municipal cemetery in the state of Illinois, encompassing 365 acres of beautiful rolling prairie land, thousands of hardwoods and conifers, and over 75,000 interments. Along with our beloved sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, we have identified 70 other notable dignitaries interred at Oak Ridge. Take the stories in stone cemetery tour and learn more about these pioneers in history. Feel free to stop in our office and purchase a paper copy of who’s resting in Oak Ridge.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Lashonda Fitch, Executive Director



Members of the Board of Manager

The following individuals are members of the Oak Ridge Cemetery Board:
  • Mitch Murdock – President
  • Gary Hammons – Vice President
  • Alan Cherrick – Secretary
  • Katie Spindell
  • Nancy Bahre

The Oak Ridge Cemetery Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Oak Ridge Cemetery Office, 1441 Monument Avenue, Springfield, IL. Meeting times and dates may be changed periodically.