The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the history of Taylorville’s Oak Hill Cemetery, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Bill Newberry (left), who is the sexton of the cemetery, was guest speaker and highlighted some of the unique history of the cemetery. Kiwanis member Martin Vota (right) was program chair for the meeting.
Oak Hill Cemetery was founded in 1842 and is owned by the City of Taylorville. The sexton’s building, located at the north entrance to the cemetery was erected in 1912. Over the years, several monuments have been erected throughout the cemetery including a statue of the late President John F. Kennedy, which was erected shortly after his death.
Newberry says that the canons that greet cemetery visitors were received when a request was made for one canon. One canon received was from a Navy ship while it is believed the other three were land based and transported on wagon wheel.
Newberry was able to show how graves can be located within the cemetery through a database that can be accessed through the City of Taylorville’s website. The database shows where a grave is located along with obituaries and photos when made available.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.