So have thousands of others whose family names may not be as widely known, but who have selected Homewood for the same reasons-its distinguished level of service, and reputation of trust earned through the test of time.
Fathers and mothers, children and grandchildren have made Homewood part of their family tradition, often in an area dedicated as their family’s legacy estate.
As many as five generations of the same family have chosen Homewood. The cemetery still has remaining space to comfortably serve the community’s needs for at least four generations more.
As a locally run not-for-profit private cemetery, Homewood has no objective but to put the needs of area families first…and to focus its energies on maintaining a safe, dignified, and beautiful environment for those who meant so much.
A full time staff oversees the daily upkeep of the property-including landscaping, caring for shrubs and trimming trees. Such regular maintenance of the grounds is assured through an irrevocable trust fund established with the cemetery’s charter and administered by a local, independent financial institution. A 401(c)3 charitable trust, The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, has been established to help provide for restoration of the cemetery’s historic landscape and architecturally significant features. (See our sister site, homewoodcemetery.org )
Purchase of a private lot at The Homewood Cemetery also provides the owner with the peace of mind of knowing that the individual property will be cared for in perpetuity with essential maintenance, including grass-cutting and leaf-removal. Arrangements also can be made for expanded care services through our Endowment Fund for work, such as periodic cleaning and repair of stonework, and for greenhouse services that include floral tributes to commemorate holidays or special occasions.
Record keeping at Homewood is meticulous. In addition to maintaining all legally required documentation, it is one of only a few cemeteries to have its own archives. These provide an uninterrupted historical account of the cemetery from its founding in 1878 to the present, documenting events through handwritten interment ledgers, glass photographic negatives, and even an original parchment map showing the precise boundaries of the cemetery, as they were carved from the virgin forests of the Honorable William Wilkins’ extensive 650-acre estate, Homewood.
Individuality is honored. Nonsectarian, and sensitive to special needs, Homewood has proven experience in respectfully accommodating a wide variety of individual wishes, personal preferences, and financial means.
Here, every form of legal burial is offered, including: traditional burial in a single in-ground lot or a double-depth lawn crypt; entombment in an aboveground lot or a double-depth lawn crypt; entombment in an aboveground outdoor garden mausoleum or an indoor mausoleum; and inurnment, with placement of the cremated remains in a columbarium, urn garden, or family lot.
Within its 204 acres, Homewood also offers a variety of dedicated burial areas-special sections created for those who wish to connect with others who shared their heritage, religion, or life experience.
Homewood’s historic Chinese section, for instance, was established in 1901, and is located on a hillside, in accord with traditional Chinese burial requirements. Burials still occur here today.
Among other long established dedicated areas that meet the particular needs of Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Greek Orthodox and Indian sections. Military veterans, members of law enforcement, fire protection and emergency rescue are recognized for their contribution to society in a special dedicated section, the “Garden of Honor.”
Homewood also continues to accommodate families who wish to create their own personal legacy estate where present and future generations of their loved ones can be buried, as well as to offer single gravesites.
Memorial services can be held at the cemetery in Homewood’s intimate stone chapel. This early twentieth century English Tudor-Gothic non-denominational chapel provides an appropriately reverent atmosphere in which to honor your loved ones. Also available for memorial services is our recently constructed Quiet Reflections Chapel Mausoleum, providing modern and open surroundings. Homewood can provide virtually all the services of a professional florist, including flower arrangements for chapel and graveside services.