Washington City Cemetery has beautiful shade trees and grass located in town at 300 North 300 East. Historic grave sites date back as far as 1859. The pioneer graves are typically located in the far South East side of cemetery. Many of these graves are not marked. There was a flood in the cemetery circa 1900 that removed or damaged many markers but left the graves. The city has many of the names but the locations are lost.
This information is to let you know some of the maintenance and administrative requirements related to the Cemetery. By providing this information, many future problems and misunderstandings will be avoided.
Based on the dramatic growth of our community, new guidelines have been created to address decorum, cleanliness, and landscape maintenance.
Cemetery grounds are sacredly devoted to the interment and repose of the dead. Strict observance of decorum due such a place shall be required of all persons. Based on concerns such as aesthetics, maintenance, and safety, the following items are strictly prohibited:
Washington City now offers an alternative to traditional burial. For those seeking cremation services, we proudly announce the arrival of a new ossuarium to our community. Located in the Cemetery, the ossuarium is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden, and offers a peaceful, beautiful place for remembrance. All community members are encouraged to visit this new addition to our cemetery. The word ossuarium is a combination of two words: ossuary and columbarium. It is a receptacle for the ashes of those individuals who have chosen the method of cremation for final disposition. An ossuary provides the option for the single placement of remains contained in a specialized, soft-sided urn using a depository to access the middle enclosure. However, the columbarium provides the option of companionship placement of remains in two individual urns, which are placed together in one niche.
The ossuary has a capacity of 60 individuals. The columbarium companion niche has capacity for 64 pairs (128 total). Each niche is designed to hold up to two urns within. Specifications for urn size are 5.5x5.5x7 in order to fit properly within the niche space. No exceptions.
The name, birth date, and death date of the deceased will be the only information allowed for engraving purposes. Standardized font size for ossuarium is 1" and for the columbarium is 1.5". The engraving color will be white. No exceptions.
Certificate Change: $40
Ossuarium (resident): $400 per person
Ossuarium (non-resident): $500 per person
Columbarium (resident): $1,000 per niche
Columbarium (non-resident): $1,250 per niche
Less than 24 hour notice requires $100 additional fee.
Interment Service: Weekdays Weekends Interment - Resident $400 $550 Interment - Non-Resident $500 $650 Interment - Infants $200 $400
Washington City Cemetery does not allow burials on the following holidays:
- New Years’ Day January 1
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
- President’s Day 3rd Monday in February
- Memorial Day Last Monday in May
- Independence Day July 4
- Pioneer Day July 24
- Labor Day 1st Monday in September
- Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving 4th Thursday in November
- Day after Thanksgiving 4th Friday in November
- Christmas Day December 25
If any of the above holidays fall on Saturday, the City will observe the preceding Friday as the holiday. If any of the above holidays fall on Sunday, the City will observe the following Monday as the holiday.
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