Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation

The mission of the Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation is to maintain, preserve, and enhance all that is in its domain to honor this living memorial.

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The bell tower controller is installed and functioning!

We have it programmed to toll once on the half hour and toll hourly beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m. The hourly tolls will reflect the time……7 chimes for 7 a.m. 8 for 8 a.m. etc.

 Thank you Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation and members for once again enhancing Oak Ridge Cemetery through your personal and financial support! -Mike Lelys

Current Project- New Signs

Among the Foundation’s current projects is an effort to address the aging signage throughout the cemetery, including informative graphics about select gravesites, notable areas, and historic trees, as well as cohesive wayfinding signs to simplify navigation throughout the grounds. We have also worked to bring the signage at Oak Ridge into the mobile-friendly age. The new signs will include “Quick-Read” codes that smartphones of every make and model can scan to find beautiful photographs and biographical information of people, trees, and locations. With your generous support, this project will bring the history of Oak Ridge to life for a new generation of amateur historians!

New Sign Concepts from Ace Signs:

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3 DAYS and it’s EVENT TIME!

Thank You to everyone that has participated in the creation of a once in a lifetime event!

Get a full list of events happening in and around Springfield HERE!


Oak Ridge Cemetery Dedication of Original Entrance, December 3, 2014


  Thank you so MUCH to ALL of our sponsors and donors. Thanks to you Oak Ridge Cemetery now has a beautiful “new” Original Entrance! *This was a photo from our Dedication of The Original Entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery held on December 3rd, 2014.

Welcome to the Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation.

Founded in 1856, Oak Ridge Cemetery is Springfield’s home to over 75,000 internments including John L. Lewis, Vachel Lindsay, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as a number of memorials. This beautiful land covers 365 acres of native plant filled prairie land. As the second most visited cemetery in the nation, Oak Ridge Cemetery sees neatly one million visitors annually, second only to Arlington National Cemetery.

The Oak Ridge Cemetery has an awesome opportunity to promote the 2nd most visited cemetery in the nation and the largest cemetery in Illinois. As detailed by local historians Curtis Mann and Ed Russo the rural landscape cemetery, which is one of the greatest contributions to landscape architecture, is a prime example of the romantic landscape which came to spark the American park movement in U.S. cities.


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