OAKHURST – The Madera Cemetery District Trustees are pleased to announce the purchase of 11 acres adjacent to the Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst.
“We are very excited about this purchase,” says District Manager Belva Bare. “We will begin our master plan for this additional property soon.”
Bare says the addition of this adjacent property has many benefits to the community of Oakhurst, adding over 100 years of additional use to the existing cemetery. Clean up of the property is currently in progress, providing additional green space in the middle of town and helping to reduce the fire hazard in this area.
The current cemetery is comprised of seven acres with niches and ground burials available. With the purchase of this new property, Bare says the cost of operation will be greatly reduced, as compared to the cost of developing property in a separate location.
The Oakhill Cemetery was established in 1875, and on May 3, 1955, it came into the jurisdiction of the Madera Cemetery District.
Oakhill Cemetery is filled with historical information along with special burial locations, and is a “California Historical Point of Interest” with visitors from all over the world who stop on their way to Yosemite.
The Mission Statement of the Madera Cemetery District is: To manage the Madera Cemetery District, by providing a wide range of burial options, to handle services in a caring, compassionate manner with the intent to maintain, improve and historically preserve the grounds for the benefit of Madera County residents and their families.
“The development of this property will be implemented over time and Oakhurst will be proud of its Cemetery on the Hill,” says Bare.