When discussing the preservation of cemeteries, the first question that must be asked and answered is, “who owns the cemetery?” There are basically three types of ownership in Ohio: township, municipal and private.

Ohio laws pertaining to cemeteries under the jurisdiction of townships can be found in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 517; ORC Chapter 759 pertains to cemeteries under the jurisdiction of municipalities (cities, villages and joint municipal/township cemeteries); ORC Chapter 1721 pertains to cemeteries under the jurisdiction of (private) cemetery associations.

Springfield Township Maintains two cemeteries, Smiley Cemetery and Beech Grove Cemetery.

Smiley Cemetery

12180 Mill Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240

Beech Grove Cemetery

436 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

In 2017, Springfield Township officially took possession of Beech Grove Cemetery after it had been abandon and in foreclosure for several years. The property is now maintained by the Springfield Township Public Works Department. Rehabilitation work continues to restore the resting home of many soldiers and loved ones, dating back to the late 1800's. 

Phase 1 in mapping of the grave sites at Beech Grove was completed in May of 2018. Search for grave site locations by name below. The second phase will be performed next. 

To volunteer in the restoration of graves or cataloging historic documents, call 522-4004.