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.

Oak Ridge cemetery offers an array of options for all walks of life. Tranquility, beauty, rich history, honor and celebration of life to name a few. Many enter our gates daily for a walk, jog, to visit a friend or loved one, learn about a historic dignitary or to simply take a break. Whatever your reason, we hope you find the grounds a place of enjoyment and remembrance. We’d love to hear about your visit on our Facebook page or by leaving us a Google review.

Lashonda Fitch, Executive Director