Mountain Home Cemetery, established in 1863, is located four blocks south of the square just off Main Street in the City of Mountain Home, Arkansas. These historic grounds are a collaborative of properties donated and purchased over the years from individual landowners. In 1961, the parcels were incorporated, and a Board of Directors was appointed to manage it. The cemetery contains many of Baxter County's most prominent founders and military service members dating to the Civil War era. It is also the final resting place for many generations of Baxter County's original families, ranging from affluent settlers to indigent natives.
The original property was a plantation owned by Col. Orrin Dodd, one of the early settlers of Mountain Home. Sometimes referred to as the "Father of Mountain Home," he was the wealthiest man in town. Dodd owned a plantation and a 30-room mansion that sat atop this hill overlooking the town. Dodd died in 1898 and is buried in this cemetery.
The oldest verifiable grave is that of Willie Russell, son of Baxter County Judge John Samuel Russell and Tabitha Wolf Russell. Judge Russell was a nephew of Col. Randolph Casey. Tabitha was a daughter of Major Jacob Wolf. Willie was born Dec. 8, 1856, and died on Nov. 19, 1857, at age 11 months. The next ones to be buried in Mountain Home Cemetery were also the children of the Russells. They were Samuella Russell, who was born May 5, 1858 and died Dec. 29, 1860, age 2 1/2, and Sallie Wallis Russell, born Dec. 6, 1859, and died Dec. 5, 1861, one day before her 2nd birthday.
Many other important interments including developers, engineers, law enforcement officials, doctors, lawyers, bankers, businessmen and women, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters of Baxter County have come to rest within this lovely and peaceful hilltop.
There are also third and fourth generations of families whose names have become indigenous to Baxter County including Baker, Byler, Bodenhamer, Campbell, Cooper, Dyer, Eatman, Hicks, Hurst, Jackson, McBroom, McGuire, Paul, Siler, Studdard, Tipton, Wolf, and many others whose monuments are nestled among them.
For more information about the history of Mountain Home Cemetery, visit Donald W. Reynolds Library, located at 300 Library Hill Lane, just off the intersection of Hwy. 201 South and the Sheid-Hopper bypass, or contact a member of the Board of Directors by email.
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Address: 147 E. 11th Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653
Marshella Norell, Chairperson
Jennifer Baker, Secretary
Date: To be announced
Plots at Mountain Home Cemetery are available. A plat of obtainable spaces can be viewed at the Mayor's Office at Mountain Home City Hall, along with a copy of the rules and regulations for the cemetery. The cost of each plot is $600.
Mountain Home Cemetery is not a perpetual care cemetery. The funding for its upkeep comes solely from contributions made by families and patrons. If you would like to make a donation, please mail check or money order to:
Mountain Home Cemetery
c/o City of Mountain Home
720 South Hickory Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653-4332