Due to the recurrence of cholera epidemic in the 1830?s and 1840?s and the lack of proper interment amenities in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Horticultural Society formed a cemetery association in 1844 which is now known as Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.
The Cincinnati Horticultural Society, a non-profit organization, aiming to be on a par the beauty of Pere-Lachaise in Paris and Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, searched for a location and sought to obtain enough land to be used for interment purposes which will be created as a ?garden cemetery? decorated with shrubbery, flowers, trees, walks, and rural ornaments. The organization was successful in finding the perfect site and through a special Act of the Ohio General Assembly granted on January 21, 1845, the spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum now occupies 733 acres of land of which 433 acres are landscaped and developed making it one of the biggest non-profit cemeteries in the United States.
The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum provides various funeral and burial options such as lawn crypts in the Garden Sanctuary, crematory services in brand new Garden Columbarium, protective burial vaults and outer containers for traditional entombment, artistically designed memorial markers and monuments, various Mausoleums, the new Gwen Mooney Funeral Home, among others. Among the famous personalities lying in this magnificent landmark are Alphonso and Louise Taft, parents of the former United States President William Howard Taft, William Procter and James Gamble, founders of Procter and Gamble and George Hunt Pendleton, Congressman and a Senator from Ohio.
The cemetery, decorated with 12 ponds, islands, footbridges, protected woodland areas, a collection of both native and exotic, State and National Champion trees and plants tombstones and memorials and Gothic Revival architectures, is visited by thousands of people every year to witness the grandeur of the most beautiful cemetery in the United States.
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