Founded in 1843, Mount Holly has been called “The Westminster Abbey of Arkansas.” Thousands of visitors come each year. Those interested in history come to see the resting places of the territorial citizens of the state, including governors, senators, generals, black artisans, and even a Cherokee princess. For others the cemetery is an open air museum of artistic eras: Classical, Victorian, Art Deco, Modern––expressed in gravestone styles from simple to elaborate. Some come to read the epitaphs that range from heartbreaking to humorous to mysterious. The cemetery is maintained by the Mount Holly Cemetery Association, a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. The cemetery is located at 1200 South Broadway in Little Rock, Arkansas. Gates are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the summer and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the winter.
Interred within the rock walls of Mount Holly are 11 state governors, 15 state Supreme Court justices, four Confederate generals, seven United States senators and 22 Little Rock mayors, two Pulitzer Prize recipients, as well as doctors, attorneys, prominent families and military heroes, including venerated David O. Dodd, a 17-year-old boy executed for being a “Confederate spy,” and often referred to as the “Boy Martyr of the Confederacy.” There are veterans from all wars: Revolutionary, War of 1812, Mexican, Civil War, Spanish-American, World War I and II, Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
Columbarium spaces are available.
Mount Holly Cemetery has recently developed a lovely area for use as a garden columbarium which is designed to accomodate the burial of ashes. It was originally designed with 191 spaces for the placement of an urn with ashes or for an engraved memorial stone. Near the columbarium is the treasured Victorian fountain given by Judge Mary Ann & Tom McGowan and installed several years ago. Surrounding the entire area is a maturing garden of native perennials and azaleas. Creeping thyme separates the markers.
Since no more full-grave spaces within the cemetery are available for sale today, these Columbarium spaces might well serve the needs of families who wish to bury the cremated remains of their loved ones in this serene and hallowed ground.
The all-inclusive cost of a space in the Garden Columbarium is $1500.00. The fee covers:
-Opening & closing of the grave
Mount Holly Cemetery will be glad to place memorial markers in our Garden Columbarium for the fee of $1250.00. All other arrangements apply.
If you would like more information on spaces available in the Mount Holly Garden Columbarium, please contact our Sexton, Steve Adams at
DONATIONS & MEMORIALS
Donations & Memorials are appreciated and aid in the maintenance of the cemetery.
Checks should be made payable to:
Mount Holly Cemetery Association
PO Box 250118
Little Rock, AR 72225
RESOURCES FOR THE SOUTHERN CROSS OF HONOR
As mentioned above, Mount Holly is the resting place for veterans of many wars and symbols are available for every war. Many of our war veterans graves are already marked. All of the known Union, War of 1812 and Revolutionary war graves are marked.
Families who wish to order the Southern Cross of Honor for their Confederate ancestors buried at Mount Holly should contact the Mount Holly Registrar and Archivist, Kay Tatum at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sexton Steve Adams at 501-376-1843. The price is $50.00 for the cross, plus a small donation to Mount Holly to cover installation cost.
Mount Holly Cemetery is located at 1200 South Broadway, Little Rock, Arkansas
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