The City of Elberton Department of Public Works maintains a total of 39.5 acres in two cemeteries. As granite capital of the world, Elberton has a unique collection of granite memorials in our municipal cemeteries honoring those citizens who contributed to the rich history of Elberton.
City staff is available to meet with families to make the purchase of grave spaces as easy as possible. Grave spaces and family lots may be purchased at the time of need or in advance.
Cemetery visitation hours are from sunrise to sunset, seven days per week. Entry to the cemeteries is prohibited after sunset.
Please contact us for information on the following:
For in-person consultation about cemetery lots and interments, please make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Same day meetings are not available due to maintenance schedules.
Elmhurst Cemetery is located on North Oliver Street (Ga. Hwy. 77). The grounds are a peaceful and beautiful place to walk and visit. The gazebo, off Magnolia Lane in the southwestern portion of Elmhurst, is a wonderful place to take a break after visiting the cemetery.
Lincoln Heights Cemetery is located just outside the city limits of Elberton on Lincoln Avenue, between Campbell and Mill Streets. Make sure to admire the beautiful granite monuments during your walk through Lincoln Heights Circle.
Please be advised that a Memorial Permit is required of all markers and memorials before they are installed in the municipal cemeteries. Rules for memorials may vary based upon the section of the cemetery in which they are to be placed. Please refer to the Cemetery Handbook for more information. Always complete a Memorial Permit request form and receive a permit before purchasing a memorial or marker.
The City of Elberton intends to comply with all applicable provisions of the Georgia Cemetery and Funeral Services Act of 2000 as the same may be amended, and all applicable Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder as on file with the Secretary of State of Georgia. The City of Elberton exercises the right by law to enter any cemetery lot or single grave space to correct any hazardous conditions, and to remove any dilapidated structure or undesirable vegetation that impairs the overall beauty and dignity of the cemetery. The City of Elberton will attempt to notify lot owners of such situations and provide them with the opportunity to make the necessary corrections. The City of Elberton reserves its rights by law to remove any monument or marker that is not permitted prior to its installation. Planting of flowers, shrubs or trees on lots or graves shall not be permitted.
The owner of a right of interment receives a right, or burial easement, to be interred in a grave only, and the city as owner of the cemetery retains fee simple ownership of the land. The owner of the right of interment does not receive with the right of interment any easement rights or other property rights in the land. In the absence of specific disposition by the owner of rights of interment in a will or other written declaration of record, the owner and his or her spouse have the primary rights of interment. Any remaining interment space may be used by the descendants of the original owner, to be used first by children in order of need, then by other closest relatives in order of need.
All visitors to municipal cemeteries will conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with a hallowed place. All persons are reminded that the grounds are sacredly devoted to the burial of the dead. Persons not complying with these visitation rules will be directed to leave the cemetery grounds. Any individual or organization which habitually violates the rules and regulations of the cemetery will be prohibited from entering the cemetery again, and violators will be prosecuted for trespass. The destruction, theft, or disturbance of any monument, marker or mausoleum, or their defacement in any manner, shall constitute a desecration of the grave site and shall be punishable by applicable law. The city prohibits entry into the cemetery from sunset to sunrise for any purpose.
Vehicles are permitted only on designated roadways. Vehicles shall not be driven through the cemetery at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour. Roadways in the municipal cemeteries are narrow, and drivers are advised that only one-way traffic is possible on most cemetery roadways. Therefore, drivers should be alert and respectful of other drivers and the flow of traffic in the cemetery. No vehicle is to be parked and left with the engine running. It is absolutely prohibited to drive or park any vehicle across or upon any grave, lot, or lawn in the cemetery. Casual visitors to the cemetery who are not members of a funeral procession or party may not intrude upon a funeral party. Any persons or vehicles in close proximity to a funeral service that are not a part of the service should leave at once. Vehicles or equipment should not operate within sight of a funeral service.