Oak Dale Cemetery
With its majestic oaks, historic monuments and winding driveways, Oak Dale Cemetery—owned and operated by the City of Urbana—has offered families a beautiful, peaceful setting to honor the memory of loved ones since 1856.
The Oak Dale Cemetery Board meets at 3PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the City Municipal Building (205 South Main Street). The meetings are open to the public, please feel free to join us!
The older 50-acre part of the cemetery includes a mausoleum with indoor chapel, a veterans section, gazebo, and several monuments of historical significance.
To meet the future needs of the Urbana community, the City recently opened a new 10-acre section to the south side of the older section and built a new mausoleum.
Location and Contact Information
Oak Dale Cemetery is located at 319 Patrick Avenue and is open for visitation from dawn to dusk.
Office hours are by appointment only. Please call 937-652-4327.
A cemetery section map with other key features of Oak Dale Cemetery noted is available by clicking here: Oak Dale Cemetery Section Map
New Section and Mausoleum
To meet the future needs of the Urbana community, Oak Dale Cemetery has a new 10-acre tract, which includes a new mausoleum. The mausoleum features an open-air chapel, 360 crypts (with some double crypts for couples, a feature not provided in the cemetery’s existing mausoleum), and 280 niches for urns.
To match the park-like appearance of the rest of the cemetery, the new section will be landscaped with trees, with the assistance of Urbana’s Shade Tree Commission, and winding driveways will be added. A driveway to the mausoleum already has been completed.
The History of Oak Dale Cemetery
In 1856 the City of Urbana purchased a little over 25 acres of land for use as a cemetery. A dedication was held on July 19, 1856, and the cemetery, under the jurisdiction of seven appointed trustees, officially was opened for public use. Since 1903 the cemetery has been under the management of the Urbana City Council.
Initially christened "Greenwood", the name soon was changed to Oak Dale principally because of the luxuriant stand of magnificent oak trees on the grounds.
Prior to the creation of Oak Dale Cemetery, burials were made in what today is referred to as the "Old graveyard" located at the northeast corner of N. Kenton and E. Ward streets. Most bodies were re-interred at Oak Dale and the old cemetery was used as a pasture field and in more recent years as a playground.
MEMORIAL TREE PROGRAM
The City of Urbana is pleased to offer a memorial tree program for individuals or organizations desiring to create a lasting remembrance of a loved one, commemorate a special achievement, or honor a deserving person or organization through the planting of memorial trees at Oak Dale Cemetery, Melvin Miller Park, or other city parkland. All memorial trees will be planted in the fall, and select tree species are available. An application form about the program is available here: Memorial Tree Program Application Form. For additional information, please contact Doug Crabill by calling 652-4305 or by email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. A listing of the memorial trees planted in the fall of 2015 is available here: Memorial Tree Listing. As additional trees are planted, this listing will be updated.
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