The Oldest, Still-Operating Graveyard in Michigan
The oldest, still-operating graveyard in Michigan is Elmwood Cemetery, 1200 Elmwood Avenue in Detroit.
Founded in 1846, the cemetery is home to many Detroit notables: governors, congressmen, senators, mayors, civil war generals, baseball players, and occasional rock star.
The awesome Gothic Revival chapel on the cemetery’s west side was built in 1856, destroyed by fire in 1976. However, public outcry demanded this chapel be restored…so it was, and still stands.
This place is full of history. If you walk the grounds, you’ll be impressed by some of the people buried there: former mayor Coleman Young, MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith, baseball Hall of Famer Sam Thompson, and many, many others, including Detroit’s first millionaire, Eber Brock Ward.
Pay a visit, walk the grounds, and get a sense of Michigan history.
Elmwood Cemetery was designated as a State Historic Site in 1975.