Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery

History:

The Oakland Cemetery serves as a historic chapter of Navasota's past. The Oakland Cemetery was originally owned by a private association known as the Oakland Cemetery Association. The association was formed in 1867 during the yellow fever epidemic.

The City of Navasota acquired the Cemetery from the Oakland Cemetery Association and the Women's Cemetery Association on June 23, 1954. The Resthaven Section, located on the west side of Oakland Cemetery, is also a piece of historical significance for Navasota. This section is the burial ground for Navasota's Famous Blues Musician and Songster Mance Lipscomb.

Location:

Oakland Cemetery
801 Sixth Street
Navasota, TX 77868

Ordinance:

The Oakland Cemetery is governed by rules and regulations listed in Ordinance No. 562-08.

Maintenance:

The City provides the continuing care and maintenance, operation, and improvements to the Cemetery, but excludes the purchase, erection, repair, or replacement of monuments, headstones, markers, or any other item on a grave space.

Fees:

The Cemetery contains 32.02 acres of land that is divided into four sections. Sections A, B and C grave spaces sell for $1,000 for city residents and $3,000 for non-city residents. Section E, Urn Section, spaces sell for $150 each. Other fees include: Deed Transfers for $25, Monument Markers for $25, and Grave Site Markings for $100.

Map:

Regulations:

  • The sale, transfer, or assignment of any grave space shall not be binding until the City Manager or his/her designate has approved it in writing and a deed executed.
  • Any grass, flowers, shrubs, trees, or other types of vegetation shall be planted only by the direction of the City Manager or his/her designate in accordance with the master landscape plan. Plantings by individuals are prohibited and shall be removed and disposed of by the City.
  • Only one potted plant, basket, floral piece, funeral design, decoration, or other object of temporary design is permitted within six inches of the monument.
  • Holiday decorations may be placed on grave spaces no sooner than five days prior to the holiday calendar date and must be removed 10 days from the holiday date. Please be advised that a monthly clean-up schedule occurs.
  • No person, firm, or corporation shall perform any grave digging services in the cemetery without first obtaining a permit from the City Manager's office.

Contact:

For more information on records, plots or regulations, please contact  Navasota City Hall at (936) 825-6475.

For questions regarding the maintenance of Oakland Cemetery grounds, please contact Navasota Parks Department at (936) 825-2241.