For more than 200 years, Union Cemetery has offered professional and dignified burial services in central Ohio. From traditional burials to a scattering garden for cremains to mausoleum space, we offer you and your family a variety of options at reasonable prices and exceptional service.
Ours is a historic, centrally located 128-acre cemetery where you can respectfully memorialize your family members in an environment that encourages quiet reflection and peace of mind.
Union Cemetery is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Union Cemetery Association and maintains excellent working relationships with local funeral directors and clergy. Our courteous, helpful, non-commission staff performs hundreds of burials each year and is committed to reducing the stress a death can place on you and your family.
What is known today as Union Cemetery, just west of the Olentangy River in Columbus, Ohio, first became a burial site in 1806 when Northwest Territory pioneer and Revolutionary War veteran Balser Hess was buried there on the site of his family farm. Additional members of the Hess family and other families were buried at the site over the next 40 years.
In 1847, Union Cemetery was established on land purchased from the Hess family. During the next several years, the number of gravesites grew and family burial sites began to be replaced by organized cemeteries. The Union Cemetery Association was created in 1878 to manage the cemetery. The association’s trustees purchased other small parcels of land in the years that followed, including 75 acres on the west side of Olentangy River Road in 1946. This addition is located about one-half mile north of the old cemetery’s north border and accepted its first interment in 1954. The first of three mausoleum buildings was completed there in 1985.
More than 200 years after Balser Hess was interred on his homestead, Union Cemetery continues to offer diverse, personal and professional burial services. It has grown to encompass more than 128 acres and is now the final resting-place for more than 70,000 people. Additional land is in reserve for future development.
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When families come to Union Cemetery to memorialize a loved one or design a plan around their own wishes, they have the peace of mind in knowing the cemetery can accommodate not only their own needs but those of family members for decades to come.
The cemetery’s strong financial position has allowed it to plan for the future and consistently expand its offerings. A cemetery with Union’s demonstrated history of service has the ability to offer a wide variety of solutions that meet the preferences and desires of families. That includes choices that reflect many levels of affordability as well as accommodation. Traditional in-ground burials and mausoleum interments will always be available, as well the increasingly popular choice of cremation. The availability of these choices will expanded whenever the demand is there.
Union Cemetery’s future plans will always take trends and preferences into consideration. The cemetery has the ability, resources and capacity to address a number of alternatives that may present themselves for years to come.
Union Cemetery is a Non Profit association that does not issue commission for any of its sales. The bottom line is commitment to serving Columbus in the most respectful way possible during your time of need.
Union Cemetery is armed with a full staff of individuals who care about you.
Union Cemetery is currently looking for seasonal mowers/grounds crew for a period of 7 months. This could lead to a permanent full time position. We are also accepting applications for a possible position as a family service counselor.