OAK HILL CEMETERY
Mike Harshbarger, Superintendent
Suzi Petrey, Office Manager
This area of historic Oak Hill Cemetery is known as Babyland. In the early days of this cemetery, the infant mortality rate was high
and many children did not survive. Death was a daily possibility, lurking in every drop of untreated water, hovering over every scene
of childbirth. Still parents wanted to be able to have a good funeral for them. In Victorian times, funerals for children often featured
white accents such as white gloves on the mourners, white ostrich plumes on the horses, a white coffin for the child. Victorian parents
who lost a child wore deep mourning for nine months
There are many children and infants buried in family plots in this cemetery. However,
for various reasons, it has been appropriate for some families to use this location called Babyland. The first burial in this section
was in 1965. There is also an older child burial section at Section L Row C, where there are over 80 child burialsóbeginning in 1938
and ending in 1958.
In the older sections of the cemetery, you may see images used to represent the frailty and the brevity of human
Birds representing eternal life, spirituality;
Ivy representing fidelity, attachment, affection;
Poppies representing eternal
the Rose representing love and purity;
a Tree Trunk Leaning, a short interrupted life;
an Urn representing the death of the
body and its return to dust;
a Wreath representing the victory of death over life.
The large stone angel that watches over this
area is a beautiful symbol of protection, mercy, and divine love. So appropriate.