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.
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Beech Grove Cemetery