Cedar Hill Cemetery
673 North Maple Street
Corydon, IN 47112
Cedar Hill Cemetery is located in the North-Eastern part of Corydon Indiana.
The Cedar Hill Cemetery is more than a pleasant cemetery. Many residents and visitors consider the grounds to be beautiful in their own right. We are proud of this and take seriously the responsibility of maintaining its artistic and natural beauty. This is but one of the many reasons we insist on setting aside a large percentage of cost associated with a burial for perpetual care. This function is but one part of our commitment to keeping the Cedar Hill Cemetery as beautiful and affordable in the future as it is today.
We invite you to visit and to inquire about interment options including burial lots, mausoleum crypts, niches, cremation and memorialization options.
Cedar Hill Cemetery Board of Regents
The Town of Corydon has transferred the control and management of the Cedar Hill Cemetery under the code IC 23-14-65-11 to the Cedar Hill Cemetery Board of Regents. This board consists of (4) four members who are residents of the municipality.
- President: Mr. Harlan R. Fisher (812) 738-2572
- Vice President: Mr. John David Daily (812) 987-3208
- Secretary: Ms. Bette Purucker (812) 738-4356
- Member: Mr. Edsel Byrd (812) 267-2192
The Cedar Hill Cemetery Board of Regents believes the effectiveness of the Cemetery Board depends on the quality of its members. At the Cedar Hill Cemetery, we believe board members must be committed to serving all of the Public. Those board members should be open minded, visionary and informed, willing to listen and ready to apply those principles to their board actions. Those members should believe in public input on matters relating to the cemetery’s appearance and public desires. Our board members and staff should be dedicated to serving the needs of the public and communities of which they service.
The Cedar Hill Cemetery Manager/Sexton is: Mr. James M. Smith (812) 738-3364
A cemetery sexton is a person who manages the local cemetery
The Sexton’s Chain of Command
The Sexton answers directly to the President of the Town of Corydon, Town Council.
Opening and Closing Graves
One of the main functions of a sexton is to open and close graves for interments. In order to do that, the sexton must know where the plots are physically located in the cemetery, the dimensions of the plots, and which graves are filled, and it is the sexton’s responsibility not to disturb prior interments when opening graves. It would not be a good thing for the backhoe to hit another casket. In some cases, this means that the sexton must use a Sexton’s Key to probe the ground and make certain the neighboring graves will not be disturbed.
Another major function of a cemetery sexton is to be able to show prospective buyers available lots. That means that the sexton must not only keep up with what plots are filled, but also what lots are sold. The sale of a cemetery plot is pretty much like the sale of any real estate.
Once a headstone is shipped to the cemetery, it is the sexton’s responsibility to know where the monument is to be installed and direct the installation. In many cemeteries, it is also the sexton’s responsibility to notify the installers when the stone arrives.
This not only includes mowing and snow removal, but also the upkeep of trees and plantings, the cemetery fence, signage, and any memorial areas in the cemetery.
Rules and Regulations
The Sexton is responsible for enforcing the cemetery rules and regulations, when people can visit, conduct in the cemetery, and litter. Similarly, most modern cemeteries have rules about what can be installed at a grave, and what can be placed at a grave. Some cemeteries do not allow planting at graves, holiday decorations, lighting, or other memorabilia, while others will allow some or all of these things. Many cemeteries have rules about live and even artificial flowers and post signage stating flowers will be removed on a certain date. This helps to keep the cemetery clean and fresh of pots of dead flowers throughout the harsh winter. (See Public Notice Rules & Regulations of the Cedar Hill Cemetery Rev. 1-11-17)
Modern cemeteries are typically platted out and every square inch is accounted for. The cemetery may be comprised of different lot layouts in different sections of the cemetery. There may be conflicting sizes of graves and usually some smaller crematory plots. A map is created and each grave is identified by some naming or numbering scheme, usually identifying sections, blocks, lots, and plots, and it is the job of the sexton to maintain this map. This map is essential in the ability to do their job.
Responsible for all Cedar Hill Cemetery Records and files. Sexton must be capable of operating office equipment including computer, printers, facsimile machines, hardware/software, applications, data sticks, disc, and programs utilized for the cemetery record keeping.
Sexton must be capable of being bonded according to State & local laws regarding the handling of cemetery funds in accordance with the State of Indiana Code and laws.
The Sexton functions include but are not limited to
Serving as the Cedar Hill Cemetery and Town of Corydon’s primary liaison with funeral directors by clarifying service arrangements, coordinating and participating in the planning of services and providing additional assistance as needed.
Cedar Hill Cemetery Hours of Operation
- Monday Through Friday 8:00 AM through 4:00 PM daily
Cedar Hill Cemetery Gate Opening/Closure Hours
- Winter months: 8:00 Am until 4:00 PM
- Summer months: 8:00 AM until Dusk PM
Gates will be closed during inclement weather conditions at the discretion of the Sexton.