Spring Hill Cemetery
Spring Hill Cemetery is the largest and oldest cemetery in continual operation in Huntington and Cabell County. The cemetery serves as the final resting place for over three hundred Civil War soldiers, as well as hundreds of veterans of the wars of the 20th century. The cemetery also contains a special memorial for the victims of the tragic Marshall University plane crash that killed seventy-five football players, coaches, fans, and flight personnel in 1970, as well as two memorials commemorating September 11th.
Backstory and Context
Spring Hill is the largest cemetery in Cabell County and is the final resting place of over 300 Civil War soldiers. Of the seven Civil War generals who were buried in West Virginia, two were buried at this cemetery--Confederate General Albert Gallatin Jenkins and Union General John Hunt Oley. There are also numerous veterans of the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts of the Cold War. Military personnel from these wars and other conflicts are buried in areas with designations such as “Soldier’s Rest,” “Soldier’s Field” and “Veterans’ Plot.”
The "Soldier's Rest" plots were organized in 1925 by the newly-created Board of Park Commissioners and a large cross, designed and erected by Presbrey-Leland Inc. of New York City, overlooks the entire lot.
Spring Hill is also the burial site of many of Huntington's most prominent founders and developers.
Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, "Spring Hill Cemetery" pamphlet (Huntington, WV: Spring Hill Cemetery Office)