History and Genealogy
Hopewell Cemetery is historically significant, serving as the burial location of many of the City’s first settlers. Among those who arrived in Montgomery in 1795, Cornelius Snyder, Jacob Roosa, and Nathaniel Terwilliger are buried here, as well as five Revolutionary War veterans and over fifty Civil War veterans. The cemetery was created by the early settlers in the area as a place of respect, a means of honoring their triumphs and perpetuating the memory of loved ones. The oldest section of the cemetery is known as the “Pioneer Section” which was officially preserved as a Montgomery Landmark in 1978. Many of the headstones in the historical Pioneer section have been photographed and cataloged. You can research our archive of information and photographs of these headstones on our Hopewell Pioneer Section Genealogy Page.
PURCHASE OF GRAVES
Available cemetery graves may be purchased at Montgomery City Hall, 10101 Montgomery Road, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- Purchase of a deed to a grave is not a real estate purchase, but simply a right to bury someone in the cemetery. All land in the cemetery remains the property of the City of Montgomery.
- Residents are not permitted to purchase graves at the resident rate for non-residents.
- Any lot owner may grant permission, by written order, for the burial of someone other than immediate family member in his/her lot.
- Control of graves may be transferred to the heirs of the deceased, but for continuance of ownership, the heir that has the deed in his or her possession controls the use of the graves.
- Upon the death of the recorded owner, the control of the unused or undersigned grave(s) shall go to the legally designed beneficiary(s). Proof that a person is the legally designed beneficiary will need to be provided to the City in a reasonable satisfactory form. If there is no beneficiary, it will follow the natural order of spouse, to children to parents.
- The City may, at its discretion, repurchase grave space at the original purchase price at the request of the grave owner.
COST OF GRAVESITE
|Resident Rates||Non-Resident Rates|
|Individual Gravesite||$900||Individual Gravesite||$1,800|
|Shared Gravesite *||$1,350||Shared Gravesite*||$2,700|
|Resident Interment Rates||Non-Resident Interment Rates|
|Opening and Closing||Opening and Closing|
|Weekday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm||$800||Weekday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm||$1,200|
|Saturday 8:30 am - noon||$1,400||Saturday 8:30 am - noon||$2,100|
|Interment of Cremains||Interment of Cremains|
|Weekday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm||$400||Weekday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm||$600|
|Saturday 8:30 am - noon||$1,400||Saturday 8:30 am - noon||$2,100|
|Infant Burial||Infant Burial|
|Weekday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm||$300||Weekday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm||$450|
|Saturday 8:30 am - noon||$400||Saturday 8:30 am - noon||$600|
- Plot Transfers – $35
- Tent Rental – 50
- Disinterment – $1,500
Prices listed on are subject to change.
- A “Burial-Transit Permit” for the deceased person must be provided by the funeral home.
- For Cremations, a Cremation Certificate & Death Certificate are required prior to burial.
- Funeral arrangements must be coordinated through the City of Montgomery. The City must be notified forty eight (48) hours before interment. Phone 513-891-2424.
- Interments are done Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. No arrivals will be permitted after these times. There are no Sunday, or City recognized holiday, or holiday week-end burials. Upon a showing that exigent circumstances exists or that a hardship would result, the City can waive the burial restriction on Sundays and city-recognized holidays.
- Charges from services are shown on the Rate Schedule and are subject to change. All charges must be paid at the time of interment. No burial will be allowed until the purchase price of the grave and all other fees are paid.
- All interments must be placed in a concrete vault. All interments of cremains must be placed in a sealed container constructed of solid materials not subject to deterioration or leakage. The City reserves the right to pre-approve any materials before burial.
- Only City of Montgomery employees are allowed to dig graves.
- The cemetery personnel shall exercise due care in making a disinterment, but shall assume no liability for the damage to any casket, outer container or their contents incurred while making the disinterment or removal.
- The cost of a foundation is shown on the Rate Schedule and is subject to change. Payment must be made at time of order.
- All grave markers must be commercially manufactured and engraved.
- Monuments and flush mounted markers will be permitted in standard granite, bronze or approved marble only.
- Any inscriptions on a grave marker or monument shall be tasteful and not offensive. The City reserves the right to reject any such offensive or obscene monument, marker or inscriptions.
- Foundations must be installed by the Public Works Department and are placed in line to conform with existing markers.
- The City is not responsible for damage to monuments, markers, or stones in the cemetery caused by the ordinary care of the cemetery nor any other accident which may occur on cemetery property.
Foundations: 50¢ per square inch. Foundation must be 4 inches larger on each side than headstone dimensions for long-term care and protection.
- No planting of any vegetation (trees, flowers or shrubs) is permitted on graves.
- Glass containers, fences, benches, flower pots, trellises, decorative stones, landscape timbers or other ornamentation or decoration are not permitted and shall be removed without notice.
- Flowers and decorations will be removed from gravesites the first day of each month except those placed on monuments or in monument vases. Flowers and other decorations placed on graves are periodically removed when they become unsightly or for grass mowing and other maintenance.
- Arrangements designed for attachment to markers are permissible, but shall be removed without notice when they detract from the general appearance of the Cemetery.
- The City does not assume responsibility for flowers or other decoration on a grave site within the cemetery.
Search a Gravesite
The records maintained through the website have been gathered and converted from several decades of books and records, many of which were handwritten and compiled by the former owners of the cemetery. The cemetery is over 150 years old. The City acquired many of these records when the City assumed statutory responsibility to operate the cemetery in 1990. Access to these records through the website is for your convenience. We cannot warrant their completeness nor accuracy since they were not maintained by the City. If you have any question, please contact us at (513) 891-2424.